Samih Sawiris invests in Dutch online booking platform

Samih Sawiris invests in Dutch online booking platform

The award-winning online booking platform Dutch startup, Bidroom.com, secured substantial investment from Egyptian businessman Samih Sawiris, founder of the Orascom Development Group, a conglomerate of companies operating in many different areas, like tourism and hospitality, but with a primary business focus on developing, constructing and managing whole tourist destinations.  ...

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Tech becomes a key ingredient for today’s F&B industry

Tech becomes a key ingredient for today’s F&B industry

With 77 per cent smartphone penetration across the GCC, the emergence of a new digital customer has put pressure on the food and beverage sector to stay relevant and for outlets to keep a competitive edge.   “Technology is changing the way restaurants interact with their customers, with apps impacting...

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Marriott Hotels launches TestBED in Middle East & Africa

Marriott Hotels launches TestBED in Middle East & Africa

As technology is shaping our future and its effect on the travel industry is one that can transform a guest experience, Marriott Hotels launched its TestBED program in the Middle East & Africa. First launched by Marriott Hotels across Europe in 2016, the unique 10-week accelerator program gives startups the...

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Al Hokair’s MENA Hotels debuts in Dubai

Al Hokair’s MENA Hotels debuts in Dubai

Saudi-based hospitality and entertainment group Al Hokair announced the expansion of MENA Hotels in the UAE with the opening of MENA Plaza Albarsha Dubai.   Founded in 2008 by Al Hokair Group, MENA Hotels currently boasts a portfolio of eight projects including five in Saudi Arabia, two in Jordan and...

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World’s first self-cooling sunbed to launch in Dubai

World’s first self-cooling sunbed to launch in Dubai

The world’s first self-cooling sunbed will be unveiled in the Middle East for the first time this month.   Launching at The Leisure Show Dubai, the Koulsdown collection from the UK is set to transform how sun-worshippers get their tan on.   The brainchild of a British holidaymaker left burned...

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