Kleindienst Group launches The Floating Venice

Kleindienst Group launches The Floating Venice

Kleindienst Group launched The Floating Venice, the world’s first underwater luxury vessel resort.   Valued at USD 680 million, The Floating Venice will be located in The World islands, 4km offshore from Dubai and will bring an authentic Venetian experience to the Middle East.    This unique floating resort has a capacity of up to 3,000 guests daily, with accommodation,...

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900 million international tourists in the first eight months of 2017

900 million international tourists in the first eight months of 2017

Demand for international tourism remained strong during the summer peak season. International tourist arrivals in July and August totaled over 300 million for the first time ever according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Many destinations reported double-digit growth, in particular in the Mediterranean.  Between January and August 2017, destinations...

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USD 300 million worth Prince Alwaleed’s Beirut properties might be up for sale

USD 300 million worth Prince Alwaleed’s Beirut properties might be up for sale

It was reported that Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) chaired by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal will be selling its two five-star properties in Beirut: Four Seasons Hotel Beirut and the Mövenpick Hotel Beirut. The Daily Star had reported that a source familiar with the case said that a Lebanese commercial bank...

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Hyatt House brand debuts in Turkey

Hyatt House brand debuts in Turkey

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the entry of the Hyatt House brand into the Turkish market with the opening of Hyatt House Gebze. The opening of the hotel is an important step towards increasing Hyatt’s brand presence throughout Europe and is the fifth Hyatt House branded hotel to open outside the U.S. in 2017.  ...

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Renaissance Hotels debuts in Dubai

Renaissance Hotels debuts in Dubai

Marriott International announced the latest in its global partnership with Universal Music Group: bringing its music series to the UAE.   Celebrating the grand opening of Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, global superstar, Gwen Stefani, will be the next performance in this exclusive concert series.   Located in Business Bay district, and designed by interior...

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Radisson Blu opens in Ajman

Radisson Blu opens in Ajman

Radisson Blu opened the doors of its first hotel in Ajman. Mark Willis, area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said: “We are delighted to bring the iconic Radisson Blu brand to Ajman, and increase our presence across the northern Emirates. The UAE continues...

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Two more Katsuya outlets in the Middle East

Two more Katsuya outlets in the Middle East

Katsuya, an internationally acclaimed culinary concept from sbe’s Disruptive Restaurant Group, is expanding its worldwide portfolio, unveiling two new highly anticipated Middle Eastern openings at Villaggio Mall in Doha, Qatar and The Avenues in Manama, Bahrain.   These new additions bring Katsuya’s global footprint to 12, joining locations including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, South Beach, Dubai, Kuwait...

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The ‘100 Chefs’ to be revealed on November 26

The ‘100 Chefs’ to be revealed on November 26

On Sunday 26 November, the 2018 ‘100 Chefs’ ranking by Le Chef magazine will be revealed, followed by the Top 10 award ceremony.   This international benchmark, which was created in 2015 by Francis Luzin, is different in that the awards are allocated by industry professionals. The winning chefs are...

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A new fund by CNN to boost the travel and tourism sector

A new fund by CNN to boost the travel and tourism sector

CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) has launched the ‘Go There Media Fund’ to provide travel and tourism expertise to distressed destinations and countries recovering from natural disasters. The initiative was announced by Rani Raad, President of CNNIC, at a gala dinner ahead of World Travel Market, taking place in London this...

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Carluccio’s opens its first licensed restaurant in Dubai

Carluccio’s opens its first licensed restaurant in Dubai

  World renowned Italian eatery Carluccio’s, is set to open its first licensed restaurant in Dubai in the coming weeks at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. This restaurant will be the brands eighth venue in Dubai.   The opening marks Carluccio’s 14th restaurant in the Middle East having operated branches in Dubai...

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