tourism

April 23, 2019

UAE-based Time Hotels has unveiled plans to open five new properties across the Middle East during 2019 – as it targets 35 properties by 2025.

The properties, which will see the growth and launch of existing as well as new Time Hotel brands to key territories throughout the region, will be unveiled during Arabian Travel Market 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – May 1.

Mohamed Awadalla, CEO - Time Hotels, said: “Our pipeline of hotels and residences meet the demands of multiple value-driven markets by offering a high-quality experience right across all of our branded properties.

“We currently have 15 properties in operation"...

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April 23, 2019

Careem, the Dubai-based ride hailing app, has launched a Roadside Assistance service in Dubai, with plans to roll it out across the UAE later this year.

Roadside Assistance includes emergency services ranging from battery boosting to on-site battery replacement to emergency fuel delivery at a fixed price of AED100 with an additional cost of the fuel ordered or the battery replaced.

Gheed Al Makkaoui, general manager of Careem UAE said: “We’re excited to have a market-beating value service that we can test out with our latest product, roadside assistance.

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April 23, 2019

Legoland Dubai, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, has released an artistic drawing of the first Legoland Hotel in the Middle East.

The Legoland Hotel in Dubai will be the seventh to open worldwide and is due to open in the first half of 2020.

The property has been designed to create 'memorable adventures with every stay', fully immersing its guests into the creative world of Lego, a statement said.

As seen in the image, the"...

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April 21, 2019

About 2,000 high net-worth individuals (HNWIs), each with at least $1 million worth of net assets, moved into the UAE in 2018, according to new research.

The Global Wealth Migration Report for 2019, developed by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth, said the number of wealthy migrants in the UAE rose by two percent in 2018, compared to the previous year.

The research added that Dubai alone attracted more than 1,000 millionaires from outside the country last year, surpassing major cities including Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Sydney.

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April 20, 2019

Maison Privee, the Dubai-based luxury vacation rentals provider, has introduced a range of exclusive bespoke offers for their guests.

Teaming up with the specialist luxury lifestyle company, MyConcierge, Maison Privee has created the Dubai Dream concept by offering customers a chance to experience what life is like for the city’s elite.

For example, a Maison Privee guest can now book an AED30 million villa on Palm Jumeirah with a private pool and have a Rolls-Royce in the driveway and private chef in residence.

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April 18, 2019

Noting an increasing trend among its customers to seek experiences that are immersive, personal and authentic to complement their stays in the emirate, Maison Privee, the Dubai-based leading luxury vacation rentals provider has introduced a range of exclusive bespoke offers for their guests.

Teaming up with the specialist luxury lifestyle company, MyConcierge, Maison Privee invites its guests to live the ‘Dubai Dream’ by offering them a chance to experience what life is like for the city’s elite. For example, a Maison Privee guest can now book a Dh30 million ($8.1 million) villa on Palm Jumeirah with a private pool; and have a Rolls-Royce in the driveway and private chef in residence to"...

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April 18, 2019

The Millennium Place Marina in Dubai has welcomed new members to its executive team ahead of its opening.

General manager Manuel Garcia heads the team and will be managing the overall operations of the 453-key hotel, including maintaining owner’s relations, developing the brand and leading the team to achieve its business plans. Garcia’s career includes more than 27 years of hospitality experience across management, sales and marketing and operations. Most recently he was the general manager of Mercure Gold Hotel. Previously, he worked with Starwood, Marriott, Accor and Rotana in various locations.

Atef Eleskndarany is the director of sales and marketing and will lead the hotel’s"...

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April 18, 2019

Dubai and Beirut nightclub brand White will open as a high-end café and lounge in Jeddah, according to the CEO of Addmind Hospitality Group.

The company has offices in both cities, and runs concepts including Indie restaurant and lounge in DIFC, Italian restaurant Matto, rooftop lounge Iris in Dubai and Beirut, and Drai’s beach club.

Speaking to Arabian Business, Tony Habre said the firm is currently in talks to open White café in the kingdom, but hasn’t signed a partnership yet.

“We"...

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April 16, 2019

Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced the launch of a new sponsorship scheme to drive continued innovation across the events industry.

The scheme is designed to further empower leisure event organisers with additional incentivisation opportunities in the form of event sponsorship.

The new process will build on the growth and competitiveness of the city’s event sector, which recorded an increase of over 100,000 ticket sales and 25 additional events in first quarter of 2019 when compared to the same period last"...

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April 15, 2019

Occupancy at the Palazzo Versace Dubai drops to 45 percent on weekdays from highs of 65-75 percent on weekends, according to the CEO of Enshaa, the developer behind the hotel.

Speaking to Arabian Business, Raza Jafar said the fall in occupancy rates is mainly due to a soft hospitality market in Dubai, but is also related to the rocky road access to the property in culture village.

“On the weekends, the occupancy goes up from 65-75 percent. On weekdays, it could drop down to 45%. But then it is only in relation to the rate. If you want higher occupancy, we need"...

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