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February 22, 2018

UAE-based developer Omniyat has announced that Dorchester Collection will manage its luxury One Palm development on The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, making it the first residential development in the Middle East to be managed by the iconic hospitality brand.

The news follows last week’s announcement of the partnership between the two companies that will bring Dorchester Collection to the region for the first time. The collaboration includes a stunning new development on the banks of Dubai Canal in the Marasi community, featuring an ultra-luxury hotel and serviced residences.

An exclusive gala event in Dubai next month will celebrate the partnership, unveiling the official project name with a preview"...

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February 21, 2018

Dubai’s diverse and vibrant hospitality sector is forecast to experience strong, sustained growth over the coming years, with occupied room nights set to reach 35.5 million annually in 2019, representing a robust 10.2 percent compound annual growth rate, CAGR, over the next 24 months.

According to a comprehensive study of the market by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Tourism, the emirate’s room supply is set to reach 132,000 by the end of 2019, growing at a 2-year CAGR of 11.1 percent.

Occupancy levels are forecast to remain"...

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February 21, 2018

Hotel room supply in Dubai is set to reach 132,000 by the end of 2019 as the hospitality sector remains on track to record strong growth with occupied room nights expected to reach 35.5 million next year, a study by Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing said.

While occupied room nights is set to post a 10.2 per cent compound annual growth rate over the next 24 months, room supply is predicted to grow at a two-year CAGR of 11.1 per cent, the study said.

'Occupancy levels are forecast to remain at an extremely healthy 76-78 per cent despite growth"...

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February 20, 2018

Last year, UNITE with Tomorrowland introduced Dubai to an unending playground of magic, with live local and international DJs transforming the party into a haven of dance and music. The live satellite connected more than 230,000 souls all over the globe and set them on an unforgettable journey with incredible artists from the main stage of Tomorrowland in Belgium and show effects happening at the same time in all countries. This ultimate party travels across the world yet again, to tell a fascinating new tale in 7 countries; Italy, Malta, Spain, Taiwan, Mexico, Lebanon and UAE. This time Abu Dhabi hosts this event on 28th July 2018!

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February 18, 2018

Dubai hotel owners are opting for a new group of unbranded 'white label' operators to run their hotels, as opposed to international brands who take too much of the profit, and too little of the pain of slow market conditions, according to Simon Allison, the founder of hotel owner investor group Hoftel.

They then pay a franchise fee to the brand. And while the overall cost might be higher, owners' general perceptions are that those operators are much more focused on their bottom line, Allison said.

This is also due to most of the distribution in Dubai is"...

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February 15, 2018

The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has launched a series of innovative events and activities in conjunction with the Sharjah Innovation Week.

The events aim to promote the concept of innovation and creativity in the tourism sector and highlight the authority’s plans and projects aimed at establishing a culture of innovation that contributes to the revitalisation of the tourism sector, along with other sectors, said a statement.

Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, emphasised on the"...

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February 15, 2018

Change in UAE visa regulations offering Russian visitors visa on arrival last year propelled Dubai World Central’s, DWC, traffic to more than 900,000 passengers in 2017, according to the annual traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

DWC welcomed 904,940 passengers during 2017 compared to 850,633 passengers recorded in 2016, a robust growth of 6.4 percent.

The annual figures were boosted mainly by a surge in traffic on Eastern European routes which recorded a spike of 168 percent to take the total number of passengers during the year to 452,631."...

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February 14, 2018

CapitaLand’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), is ramping up its expansion with a target to double its portfolio to 160,000 units globally by 2023.

Hot on the heels of its recent signing of nine management contracts in China, Ascott has clinched contracts to manage another four properties with 1,200 units in new cities such as Malacca in Malaysia and Davao in the Philippines while deepening its presence in Guangzhou in China and Cebu in the Philippines.

CEO Kevin Goh said: 'With the global economic upswing and international travel arrivals hitting a new high, we are confident of exceeding 80,000 units this year. We see immense potential to scale"...

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February 14, 2018

Construction is under way on The St. Regis Beach Club on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, confirming yet another top-flight dining and leisure destination for the world-famous island, master developer Nakheel announced today.

The company has awarded a contract worth AED79.7 million to Ghantoot Gulf Contracting to build the exclusive beachfront facility, which will offer unrivalled restaurants, lifestyle and fitness venues with extensive views of the Arabian Gulf.

Due to open in 2019, The St. Regis Beach Club complements The St. Regis Dubai – The Palm, a 289-room"...

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February 14, 2018

Lovers of high quality Japanese cuisine are in for a treat with the launch of a new dining concept called ONI, a Japanese, street-style restaurant, lounge and sake bar located in the Shangri-La Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

Opened on the 31st of January the Asian infused cuisine combines the freshest locally sourced ingredients with a relaxed ambiance and special themed nights to provide customers with a unique dining experience. The message behind the new dining concept is authentic, varied dishes mixed with warmth, friendliness, and a laid-back vibe in order to create a sense of place and community for diners.

“The"...

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