Rotana has a new hotel project in Muscat, Oman

Rotana announced a new management agreement with Golden Group Holding (GGH) for a new hotel project in Muscat, Oman. The agreement was signed by Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, and Sheikh Salim bin Ahmed Al Ghazali, Chairman of Golden Group Holding during...
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Abu Dhabi International Airport announces results for Q1 2017

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) handled in excess of 6.15 million passengers in the first quarter of 2017, representing a 1.8% increase in airport traffic compared with the January-March period of 2016, which reached 6.04 million. Key highlights: The top five...
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Gulf Air appoints VFS Global to provide visas for Bahrain visitors

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has partnered with VFS Global, the largest visa service provider in the world, to facilitate visa issuance for passengers flying to the Kingdom of Bahrain. The online visa facility will launch this summer on...
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Hyatt palns to double brand presence in the Middle East

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced plans to expand Hyatt’s brand footprint in the Middle East and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with the signing of management agreements by a Hyatt affiliate for 14 Hyatt-branded hotels across the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt...
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Park Inn by Radisson Samsun opens its doors in Turkey

Park Inn by Radisson, The Rezidor Hotel Group’s colorful and energetic midscale hotel brand, makes its debut in Samsun on the Black Sea coastline of Turkey with the Park Inn by Radisson Samsun. The hotel is the second Park Inn by Radisson to open in Turkey this year...
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Etihad debuts Mobile exhibition unit

Etihad debuts Mobile exhibition unit

Etihad Airways will debut its innovative mobile exhibition unit at this week’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, providing delegates with a first-hand experience of its award-winning cabin products and inflight service. The 16m long mobile exhibition unit,...

Golf bags go free to and from Muscat with Oman Air

Golf bags go free to and from Muscat with Oman Air

Oman Air, the national carrier for the Sultanate of Oman, is delighted to announce that passengers can now take their golf bag on board flights to and from Muscat free of charge. The new policy came into effect on 9 April and demonstrates the carrier’s commitment to...

Emirates’ New A380 Onboard Lounge to make its ATM debut

Emirates’ New A380 Onboard Lounge to make its ATM debut

Emirates will debut its new A380 Onboard Lounge at the Infinite Possibilities stand in its home-base of Dubai at the 2017 edition of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM).  The region’s leading travel exhibition will run from 24-27 April. Along with the newly...

Oman Air launches Muscat – Manchester flights

Oman Air launches Muscat – Manchester flights

  Oman Air will start its new daily flight between Muscat and Manchester starting May 1, 2017; the latest move in the airline’s ambitious and dynamic programme of fleet and network expansion. The daily service from Oman Air will be operated by an Airbus 330-200...

India remains top source market of GCC countries

India remains top source market of GCC countries

Major tourism hotspots in the GCC are experiencing a surge in Indian visitors. In both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, India was the top performing source market in 2016. In Dubai, 1.8 million nationals arrived last year compared to 1.6 million in 2015 and in Abu Dhabi,...

London’s popular Turkish restaurant to open in Dubai

London’s popular Turkish restaurant to open in Dubai

Turkish ‘Pide’ restaurant Babaji will open its first venue outside of the UK at Dubai’s City Walk. Babaji is a contemporary Pide hall in the heart of London, near Piccadilly Circus, on Shaftesbury Avenue at the corner with Wardour Street. Pide, sometimes called...

Qatar to invest up to US$45 billion, learn more at ATM 2017

Qatar to invest up to US$45 billion, learn more at ATM 2017

Qatar will look to generate 5.2% of its GDP through tourism over the coming years, creating 98,000 jobs and managing an inventory of 63,000 hotel rooms. While the country’s culture and heritage remain of paramount importance, Qatar is also set to invest up to...

Meraas announces four new hotel brands

Meraas announces four new hotel brands

Meraas established its hotel operating arm in December 2015 to complement Dubai’s strategic roadmap of becoming a global destination of choice. The newly launched hotel brands are carefully curated to cater to the specific needs of travellers and visitors to the...

Rotana to open its third property in Iraq

Rotana to open its third property in Iraq

Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, has chosen Erbil as the destination to launch its first-ever Arjaan hotel brand in the Kurdistan region, Iraq, introducing modern and stylish hotel...

Park Inn by Radisson opens in Izmir, Turkey

Park Inn by Radisson opens in Izmir, Turkey

The Rezidor Hotel Group announced the opening of Park Inn by Radisson Izmir in Turkey. The Rezidor Hotel Group now has a portfolio of 23 hotels and 4,500 rooms in operation or under development in Turkey. “We are delighted to open our second hotel in Izmir, the...

Accor signs Mercure Hotel in Dubai

Accor signs Mercure Hotel in Dubai

AccorHotels is to rebrand a property on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai as the Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel Suites & Apartments. The property is currently undergoing the first of a two-phase comprehensive refurbishment and is anticipated to open under the Mercure...

Madinat Jumeirah unveils virtual planning tool for events

Madinat Jumeirah unveils virtual planning tool for events

Madinat Jumeirah is delighted to unveil a new cutting-edge virtual online planning tool which has revolutionized event and conference planning at the Arabian Resort of Dubai. The user-friendly booking tool covers all venues at Madinat Jumeirah and takes event planners...

MICE Arabia & Luxury Travel Congress started

MICE Arabia & Luxury Travel Congress started

The 5th Annual edition of the MICE Arabia & Luxury Travel Congress kick-started with a powerful session on ‘Redefining MICE’ by DR. Rob Davidson, MD MICE Knowledge, Author, International Motivational Speaker, and a key influencer of the UK MICE...

ATM to focus on $8.3 billion MENA wellness tourism sector

ATM to focus on $8.3 billion MENA wellness tourism sector

A Wellness Symposium will throw the spotlight on the $8.3 billion industry in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) during the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, 24-27 April. A partnership between the World Travel Market...

Sports Enthusiasts are the New GCC Travellers

Sports Enthusiasts are the New GCC Travellers

Sport tourism from the GCC is rapidly being acknowledged as one of the fastest growing sectors in the $4.5 trillion global travel and tourism industry. The 21st century is witnessing a gradual replacement of sun and sea vacations by sport-related vacation and a new...

Dubai Concludes 48th IAPCO Annual Meeting & General Assembly

Dubai Concludes 48th IAPCO Annual Meeting & General Assembly

Dubai successfully concluded the 48th International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting & General Assembly, which took place on 16-19 February at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. Hosted by Dubai-based IAPCO member company...