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Millennium Plaza Dubai wins UAE’s Best Family Hotel for 2017

Millennium Plaza Dubai, a luxury accommodation along Sheikh Zayed Road, was named the “Best Family Hotel in United Arab Emirates” for 2017 by the prestigious Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards.

General Manager Nemo Acimovic accepted the honours at the illustrious gala ceremony held in Bangkok, Thailand on October 27, where Millennium Plaza Dubai won the Best Family Hotel in UAE and was acknowledged for offering the finest in hospitality experience.

“The Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards is considered one of the highest recognitions in the hospitality industry because the results are based on hotel guests’ feedback. They have rated the hotel from their experience after staying at Millennium Plaza Dubai. The hotel welcomes all kinds of travellers including those who visit with their family so we ensure that we create a family friendly atmosphere and strive to develop a facility where all members of the family are catered for during their stay. I am very proud of my team because we have succeeded in being a family-friendly hotel and this award reflects their hard work and commitment in ensuring that we offer only the best and the finest in all aspects of our service,” commented Acimovic.

The award honors the highest achievements from across the global hotel industry, recognizing the most exceptional in hospitality experiences across 7 continents, 172 countries and 94 categories. Distinguished global hotel brands compete for the ultimate accolade in overall excellence and greatest contribution to the industry over the past year. The ratings are based on a unique concept exclusive to Haute Grandeur which relies on quality feedback from guests rather than a quantity of votes by the general public or judges so fairness, transparency and unbiased results are guaranteed.

The 5-star Millennium Plaza Dubai has been a preferred accommodation of residents from the other emirates, visiting families from neighbouring GCC countries and international guests because of the spacious rooms and modern facilities including its location, being close to the World Trade Center, Dubai International Financial Center and The Dubai Mall and with direct access to Emirates Towers Metro station.

The 65-storey tower offers 398 guest rooms with stunning views of the Zabeel Palace and Jumeirah Beach. Guests can enjoy the newly renovated Infinity Health Club and Spa, the Club’s Lounge, and the temperature-controlled swimming pool with views of the Arabian Sea.

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Bulgari Resort and Residences to open in December 2017

UAE-based holding company Meraas, said its key development, Bulgari Resort Dubai, will open the doors to guests on December 7, 2017.

Commenting on the launch, Abdulla Al Habbai, the chairman of Meraas Group, said: “We are proud to deliver The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai, a first-of-its-kind master development in scale and magnitude. Our partnership stems from shared values and a common objective to offer unique and exquisite experiences in Dubai and the region.

“We are confident this project will contribute and will add a new dimension to the tourism and hospitality landscape in line with the Dubai Vision 2020 for tourism, and strengthen Dubai’s global position as a leading tourism destination.”

This newest addition to the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts collection is the fifth in the group, following on from the most recently launched Bulgari Hotel Beijing, which opened in September 2017. It joins a growing portfolio of properties around the world, which began with the inaugural Bulgari Hotel Milan in 2004, The Bulgari Resort Bali in 2006, and The Bulgari Hotel London in 2012, and will be followed by Shanghai in early 2018, and then Moscow in 2020.

The resort is styled with European-inspired gardens and pools and blends Mediterranean landscaping with the natural settings of the shores of the Arabian Gulf, said the developer. Comprising 101 rooms and suites, 20 private villas, a vast spa, the Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, and the world’s first Bulgari Marina and Yacht Club, the property is set to become the destination of choice for visitors seeking the solitude of an island escape.

Designed entirely by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, the 158,000sqm property is the first-of-its-kind development for the brand, both in scale and magnitude. The resort offers a full range of amenities, such as the gourmet Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, the Il Café open all day , Il Bar with its iconic oval-shaped freestanding bar and La Spiaggia, the most exclusive beach club with private beach and a unique mosaic-design outdoor swimming pool.

Jean-Christophe Babin, the chief executive of Bulgari, said: “This is another milestone for the Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Collection and represents a tribute to the importance of the Middle East market for the brand. It is an honour for us to partner with Meraas on this extraordinary project, which brings the best of the Italian design and lifestyle culture to one of the most modern and future-oriented city in the world.”

Guests can also enjoy the 1,700sqm spa with hammam, indoor pool, fitness centre, beauty salon with a traditional barbershop and hairdresser. The private marina features 50 boat berths and the world’s first Bulgari Yacht Club with peerless views over the sea.

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Armani Hotel Dubai wins ‘Middle East’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’

Armani Hotel Dubai won the prestigious title of ‘Middle East’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ at the 24th World Travel Awards, highlighting its commitment to providing guests elegant lifestyle experiences and in setting outstanding service standards. Armani Hotel Dubai was also honoured as ‘Dubai’s Leading Hotel 2017’ for the second year in a row.

Armani Hotel Dubai, situated in the iconic Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai, also hosted the regional gala of the World Travel Awards 2017 this year, attended by more than 400 industry leaders. World Travel Awards covers the globe with such regional gala ceremonies to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

Established in 1993, World Travel Awards acknowledge, rewards and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry. It is recognised globally as the hallmark of quality, with winners such as Armani Hotel Dubai, defining the benchmark for industry excellence.

Every detail of Armani Hotel Dubai’s design and service has been conceputalised by fashion legend Giorgio Armani – from the bespoke furnishings to restaurant menus and in-room amenities.

Armani Hotel Dubai continues to redefine luxury hospitality standards and delivers its renowned ‘Stay with Armani philosophy’, where every guest is regarded as Giorgio Armani’s personal guest.

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Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts named Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand 2017

Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts is celebrating after winning eight trophies at the World Travel Awards including the award for the Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand 2017.

The World Travel Awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals and business and leisure travel consumers worldwide and these accolades recognise Jumeirah Group’s commitment to excellence over the last twelve months.

Marc Dardenne, Group Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO, said: “We are delighted to be named as the Middle East’s leading luxury hotel brand 2017 at the Middle East Gala Ceremony for the World Travel Awards. This accolade demonstrates Jumeirah’s strength in the market and enduring position as the region’s leading luxury hotel brand.

Equally as pleasing are the seven awards collected for our hotels in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait – testaments to the dedication of our General Managers and colleagues who work hard to constantly exceed our guests’ expectations.

The complete list of awards include:

Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand 2017: Jumeirah

Middle East’s Leading All Suite Hotel 2017: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai

Middle East’s Leading Family & Mice Hotel 2017: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

Middle East’s Leading Hotel 2017: Jumeirah Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Middle East’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel 2017: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates’s Leading Hotel 2017: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

United Arab Emirates’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel 2017: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

Middle East’s Leading Business Hotel 2017: Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa, Kuwait

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Frankfurt, Istanbul, London and Mallorca (Spain) in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the new lifestyle hotel brand VenuTM; the wellness brand TaliseTM; Jumeirah Restaurant Group DubaiTM; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality ManagementTM; Jumeirah SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme; and isme by Jumeirah™ an app based rewards programme in the UAE. Future openings include luxury hotels in the UAE, Indonesia, China, Oman, Jordan, Malaysia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. www.jumeirah.com

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Desert Palm Dubai Defines A Home-Grown Boutique Retreat

Since opening its doors in 2008, Desert Palm, as it’s affectionately known has been Dubai’s little oasis of calm on the edge of the city. Formally opened by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 160-acre private estate will be known as Desert Palm Dubai and is independently operated.

Originally created as a haven for owner Ali Albwardy’s personal enjoyment of polo, Desert Palm Dubai is set in the graceful, serene, manicured surrounds as a private polo estate. The retreat boasts four polo fields, a riding school, stabling facilities for over 300 horses.

As part of Albwardy LLC’s portfolio, Desert Palm Dubai has become a firmly established retreat, spa and fitness destination within the UAE community and stylish society.

James Reeves, General Manager states that “The future of luxury hospitality will be to celebrate guest’s individuality, imagination and to redefine the code of unpretentious service. Our retreat focuses on continuously improving services using the ease of technology for in-house guests, enabling them to book experiences around the city from the privacy of their suites and villas, or simply reserving dinner at RARE to booking a spa treatment.

Although we recognise that technology should not be seen as a ‘replacement’ for guest services, rather we believe it should enhance it. At Desert Palm Dubai, we focus on you so you can decide when you want something and how you want it as opposed to your stay being defined by breakfast, lunch, dinner.

The hotel focuses on the elements that makes the guest’s experience truly private, from the surrounding appeal of a boutique property, the sense of intimacy in certain spaces, “it is always important to keep some things classic and personal,” stated Reeves.

Situated as an oasis opposite the new Dubai Safari Park, which is slated to open later this year, and near IMG Worlds of Adventure, Desert Palm Dubai features 38 guest suites and villas, an infinity swimming pool, organic-specialised treatments at LIME spa, RARE as the fine dining restaurant that masters Argentine-style Grill, a relaxed poolside brasserie, the chic lounge RED bar or the outdoor Polo bar.

Desert Palm Dubai is an elegant, equestrian-themed boutique hotel and basks in the lush landscape to provide a refreshing, avant-garde contrast to the conventional flamboyance of the city’s sky-scraping image. The hotel’s culture is providing guests with everything they need for a relaxing and timeless experience from the fast-paced business hub’s lifestyle. Taking cues from its rebranding celebration, guests will receive beautiful benefits when reserving directly from their new website on www.desertpalm.ae/en

 

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Nakheel and Centara reach new milestone on 600 room beachfront resort at Deira Islands

UAE based master developer Nakheel and leading Thai hotel group Centara Hotels & Resorts today reached a key milestone on their 600-room beachfront resort and waterpark at Dubai’s Deira Islands, with the official formation of the joint venture company and the signing of a management agreement.

The joint venture, cemented by Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah and Centara Chairman of the Board, Suthikiati Chirathivat, at a signing ceremony at Centara’s headquarters in Bangkok, will deliver a family-centric lifestyle destination at Deira Islands, Nakheel’s new, 15.3 sq km waterfront city that is set to become Dubai’s newest tourism hotspot. The resort will also be managed by Centara, whose portfolio already includes over 14,000 room keys across 67 hotels and resorts in Asia, Indian Ocean and the Middle East.

Set to open in 2020, the resort is the first Centara establishment in the UAE and will cover an area of almost 300,000 sq ft. Features will include a waterpark, multiple restaurants including alfresco rooftop dining options, kids’ club, spa and fitness centre, and business facilities. Recent enhancements to the hotel’s design have added 50 rooms to the original plan, bringing the total number of keys to 600.

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Take advantage of last minute staycation deals

The summer holiday is coming to an end, but you don’t have to have the holiday blues! Take advantage of the last weekend in September, and unwind with family or friends at JA Palm Tree Court or JA Ocean View Hotel. Don’t miss these last minute deals, so book direct now and enjoy the privileges.

Escape to a family-friendly beachfront resort at JA Palm Tree Court amidst lush gardens. Just 15 minutes from Dubai Marina, you won’t have to travel far for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you are looking for an active weekend on the award-winning 9-hole golf course or for outdoor activities like horseback riding, tennis and water sports, or you just simply want to enjoy the setting and delicious dishes with refreshing cocktails – there is something for everyone at Dubai’s only true resort. Starting from 695 per person/per night, guests can enjoy an all-inclusive offer of breakfast, lunch and dinner from a wide range of restaurants.

Enjoy a stay at the award-winning 4-star JA Ocean View Hotel in a prime location on ‘The Walk’ JBR, which is situated on one of Dubai most popular beaches. This hotel is the perfect escape for those looking for a staycation in the heart of the city.

Starting from 575 per room/per night, including breakfast, guests won’t be short of things to do. JA Ocean View Hotel, overlooks the gorgeous Arabian Sea and offers a wealth of leisure facilities such as spa treatments and children clubs, restaurants offering a selection of international delicacies and entertainment and recreational possibilities in and around the hotel. So, whether you want to get away from the everyday hassle, or make the most of the weekend with family or friends, this is the perfect place for a much needed break.

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AccorHotels Surpasses 100 Hotel Mark in the Middle East

AccorHotels, the world’s leading travel & lifestyle group, revealed that it has surpassed 100 hotels in operation across its Middle East portfolio, with the opening of 12 landmark properties in its economy, midscale, upscale and luxury segments thus far in 2017. The number of hotel openings this year exceeds the number of hotels opened by the Group in all of 2016, and has already established 2017 as a year of record growth.

AccorHotels’ Middle East current portfolio is spread across 11 countries, including United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Iran.

This milestone was achieved as part of a major expansion strategy by AccorHotels Middle East in recent years. The Group announced plans last year to double its room count to 50,000 by 2020, and has already reached the 30,000 room mark to date.

Olivier Granet, Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Middle East and Africa, commented: “When I joined AccorHotels in the Middle East more than six years ago, we set a very ambitious objective to reach 100 hotels in operation.  We were at the half way point at that time due to the solid foundation laid over the past 35 years in the region. Today, I am pleased to announce that with strong teamwork, we were able to achieve this milestone in record time.” He further added, “Our core values of ‘Feel Welcome’ and ‘Feel Valued’ are at the heart of everything we do at AccorHotels, and my genuine gratitude goes out to our teams that deliver memorable guest experiences across a wide spectrum of segments and brands.”

“We continue to build great momentum with the acquisition of Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel as well as our Group’s addition of innovative lifestyle brand and resort offerings, as seen in the Middle East by the opening of one hotel on average every month until the end of the year and two hotels a month from 2018 onwards.  I am very confident that we will achieve 50,000 rooms in operation by 2020 based on performance, team engagement, guest satisfaction and successful long term relationships with owners.” concluded Granet.

Development Highlights

– 101 hotels in operation representing over 30,000 rooms
– 12 new hotels opening since the start of 2017, representing over 4,500 rooms
– 1 new hotel signed every two weeks with plans to open 1 hotel every month in 2017 and 2 hotels every month from 2018 onwards
– Largest hotel operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with over 9,500 rooms in operation, and plans for the portfolio to grow over 60 hotels

Brand Expansion Highlights

Signing of the largest Sofitel in the Middle East with the 598-room Sofitel Dubai Wafi

Opening of the largest Mercure hotel globally with the 1,019 rooms and apartments of Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel Suites & Apartments in the UAE

Signing of the first AccorHotels’ lifestyle brand – Mama Shelter – in the Middle East, with plans to debut in Dubai’s Business Bay

Signing of the first Swissôtel & Swissôtel Living in the UAE through the rebrand of Dubai’s most iconic properties, Al Ghurair Hotel and Al Ghurair

Living in addition to the expansion of the Swissôtel brand in Makkah with the opening of the 1,624 room Swissôtel Al Maqam

Entry of the first MGallery brand in the Middle East with The Retreat Palm Dubai, MGallery by Sofitel, set to open later this year

Surpassing 30 operational and pipeline Novotel properties in the Middle East, thereby securing the largest brand footprint for the Group in the region

Opening of the first ibis Styles hotels in Saudi Arabia and in Bahrain in response to greater demand for quality budget accommodation

Growth of Fairmont in the Middle East through the opening of two flagship properties –  Fairmont Fujairah and Fairmont Amman – and the signing of hotels in Cairo and in the North Coast of Egypt

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2018 Forecast As Busy Year For UAE Hotel Openings With 83 New Projects Set To Launch

As the region’s largest and longest-standing hospitality event draws to a close for 2017, forecasters have revealed that 2018 is expected be hugely eventful for the UAE’s hospitality industry – with no less than 83 new hotels set to open.

The latest Middle East and Africa Hotel Construction report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS –  commissioned by The Hotel Show Dubai 2017, the 18th edition of which concludes today (20th September 2017) at the Dubai World Trade Centre – has identified the UAE as being the busiest country for hotel construction in the Middle East and Africa.

The region currently has more than 200 hotel projects in the pipeline, with Dubai (164 projects), Abu Dhabi (25 projects) and Ras al Khaimah (12 projects) seen as the busiest areas for hotel construction in the UAE. Of these properties, 83 will open next year.

Some of the most anticipated hotel openings include Dubai’s Rosemont Hotel and Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton (730 rooms) and Fairmont Abu Dhabi Marina Hotel & Residences (812 rooms).

“The spotlight is firmly on the hospitality industry in this region, particularly the UAE,” commented Ray Tinston, Portfolio Director of the dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa hospitality portfolio which includes The Hotel Show, The Leisure Show and the Middle East Hospitality Awards – which have all run in Dubai this week to massive success.

“We have welcomed more regional and international guests to our events this week than ever before in our 18-year history serving this market, some of which have massive expansion plans for the region, covering hundreds of hotels.

“Some of the business deals orchestrated at our shows this week has been unprecedented, and just goes to illustrate once more how continually forward-thinking and how constantly growing the hospitality market is in this part of the world. With experts revealing that hotel openings are going to galvanise the market from 2018, we are set to provide the industry with an even larger showcase of the best products and insights.”

Event organisers have today revealed the dates for next year’s The Hotel Show Dubai and The Leisure Show Dubai. Both will take place 16-18th September 2018.

In making that announcement, the event organisers also unveiled how both shows will be brought to life with more live features than ever before.

Following on from the huge success of its debut running in 2017, The Middle East Housekeepers League of Champions will once again pit the region’s exceptional pool of background staff against one another in The Hotel Show’s timed contest to clean-up ransacked guest rooms, which attracted an incredible 28 different teams for its inaugural hosting.

The Middle East Hospitality Forum – which itself drew capacity crowds to every discussion at this year’s show – will return too, maintaining the same quality caliber of speakers which included Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM).

At The Leisure Show, new features will include The Landscaping Competition, The Outdoor Furniture Showcase and Everything Golf – the latter geared at providing all the equipment vital to developing and maintaining the region’s unparalleled golf offering.

The ever-popular Fit Hub will bring live gym sessions back to the Dubai World Trade Centre once more, while the Pool and Spa Conference will gather leading professionals to dissect both the challenges and opportunities facing one of the Middle East’s fastest growing industries.

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Palazzo Versace Dubai wins prestigious Best Luxury Hotel of the Year Award

Palazzo Versace Dubai won the Best Luxury Hotel of the Year Award at the annual Middle East Hospitality (MEHA) Awards Gala Ceremony 2017. The awards acknowledged excellence across the region’s diverse hospitality sector by rewarding hotels, resorts and restaurants that have demonstrated exceptional performance, innovation and visitor relations in the last year.

Winners in each of the 17 categories, which ranged from Luxury Hotel of the Year to Best Use of Technology, to the MEHA Lifetime Achievement Award were crowned by a distinguished judging panel of industry leaders.

“We are deeply honoured by this outstanding recognition. Palazzo Versace Dubai is the most beautiful hotel, known best for its excellence in service. This achievement is not possible without the dedication and commitment of the team on the ground. Their intuitive service mantra is what defines the level of the hospitality at Palazzo Versace Dubai. We thank all our partners and guests for their continuous support”, said Raza Jafar, CEO of Enshaa and Chairman of Palazzo Versace Dubai.

Palazzo Versace Dubai is a luxury urban resort located on the foreshore of the Dubai Creek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 215 suites and the 169 exclusive residences together with several signature restaurants, a spa and the sophisticated range of Versace Home Collection products are brought together to create the Palazzo Versace Dubai – a truly unique lifestyle location. UAE developer ENSHAA in conjunction with Versace developed Palazzo Versace Dubai, a hotel and residential project which opened in November 2015.

 


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