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Burj Al Arab at Sunset

When it comes to luxury travel, brand’s fame and influence isn’t enough – besides impeccable service delivery, great management and uniqueness are required. The United Arab Emirates was one of the leaders at the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards with a number of winning hotels, including the Burj Al Arab, which was named Luxury Hotel […]

Challenges ahead for Dubai tourism targets

Why Dubai

Dubai’s target of 20 million visitors by 2020, part of its Tourism Vision 2020, is comfortably on track to materialize if recent increases in visitor growth continue to be matched or exceeded. However, a serious challenge is posed by the need for 283 hotels to be delivered between 2014 and 2020 to accommodate this target […]

MENA Investors Shift Focus from UAE Residential to Hospitality Market

Al Raha Beach Hotel Abu Dhabi R

UAE’s residential market continues to be the most preferred investment choice for MENA investors. According to JLL’s 2014 MENA Investors Sentiment Survey, the regional interest in UAE’s residential sector is still very high. However, many of participants have also shared that they were planning to focus more on the country’s hospitality real estate market next […]

Dubai hotels welcomed more than 5.8 mn in H1, generating AED12.7 bn in revenues


Dubai hotels welcomed more than 5.8 million tourists in the first half of 2014 -the highest number of visitors ever achieved in the first six months of the year. The statistics, released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) today, show increases across key indicators including hotel establishment guests, hotel and hotel apartment […]

European Travel Awards 2014 Winners Revealed

Vila Vita Parc Portugal

Winners of the European World Travel Awards 2014 edition were announced last weekend in Athens, Greece, recognizing the best brands and companies in the hospitality and tourism industry. Vila Vita Parc in Portugal is the most romantic resort; Madeira is the best island, while Europe’s leading destination is Yorkshire, according to millions of people around […]

Unlock Your Hotel Room with Your… Smartphone!


Travel isn’t what it used to be – we can now book the flight and hotel online, without searching for expensive travel agents and without looking at hundreds of brochures. But one brand is seriously entering the high-tech era – you will be able to unlock your hotel room with your smartphone. Read more: Hilton […]

Dubai Inn Hotels to Offer Unmatched Value, Employment Opportunities


Dubai Inn, on the of the city’s most recently introduced hotel brands, promises to attract guests in a few key locations with attractive prices and large rooms. It will be one of the few mid-range hotel brands in Dubai and will have the challenging task to diversify the city’s hospitality landscape. In addition, the Dubai […]

Dubai Hotel Revenues to Fall Further during Ramadan


As every year, i 2014 guest spending in Dubai’s luxury hotels is predicted to decrease by 15% during the holy month of Ramadan. Hotel’s total revenue from overnight visitors will also decline. This, combined with the typically low occupancy rate during Ramadan, could bring the gross revenue down to 35%. Read more: 5 Characteristics That […]

Tilal Liwa Hotel receives 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Tilal Liwa exterior pool

Tilal Liwa Hotel announced that it has received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for the third consecutive year. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Read more: 5 Characteristics That Define Dubai Transformation over the […]