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Business Traveller Middle East

Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2023: Here are all the winners

The 22nd edition of the annual awards included 40 award categories spanning airlines, airports and hotels

Rove Hotels

Rove Hotels expands reach with serviced residences

Rove Home Aljada is the brand’s first residential project, featuring contemporary designs and smart home features

Azizi Developments

Azizi Developments enters hospitality sector; announces launch of global hotel brand

The company has appointed Michael Zager as its new chief operating officer – Hospitality

Rotana at ATM

ATM 2023: Rotana to have 120 operational hotels by 2030

Saudi Arabia and Egypt will be the key markets for the group’s expansion in the region

Four Seasons NEOM resort

Four Seasons to develop new island resort in NEOM’s Sindalah

The resort will feature 225 guest rooms and suites with terraces overlooking the beaches of the Red Sea

Aman Wadi Safar Diriyah

Aman Group to open two properties in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah

Aman Wadi Safar will include 78 keys, while Janu Diriyah will feature 120 guest rooms

Cheval Maison - The Palm

Cheval Maison serviced apartment brand opens in Dubai

The 131-key Cheval Maison – The Palm includes one-three bedroom apartments

Christian Hoehn, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal launches on-site vertical farm

The farm is expected to generate 10kg of produce daily and has a 41 sqm footprint

The Chedi Hegra

The Chedi Hegra to open in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla

The boutique hotel will feature 35 guest rooms and is expected to open to by Q4 2023

Ahmed Ramdan

Interview: Ròya International’s Ahmed Ramdan on the changing face of the region’s hospitality sector

The founder of the home-grown hospitality firm shares his company’s milestones and how hospitality in the GCC is poised for further growth

IHG Hotels and Resorts announces the launch of Holiday Inn Express brand in Saudi Arabia

Holiday Inn Express to open first Saudi property in Riyadh

The 200-key new-build property will open in the capital’s Olaya district in 2026

Signing of the DoubleTree by Hilton Jeddah Al Andalus Mall

DoubleTree by Hilton announced for Jeddah

Hilton currently operates 16 hotels in Saudi Arabia and has another 51 under development

Commission for AlUla

Saudi’s Royal Commission for AlUla to restore old mud-brick buildings into high-end hotel

Dar Tantora by The House Hotel, a Kerten Hospitality brand, will open with 30 guest rooms

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana partners with Dar Global on new hospitality project

The Italian luxury fashion house will open a hotel in the Maldives

Mark Willis, former Accor CEO for the Middle East, Africa, India and Turkiye, is now the CEO for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Accor’s Fairmont relocates global headquarters to Dubai

Mark Willis, former Accor CEO for the Middle East, Africa, India and Türkiye, is now the CEO for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Anantara property in Dubai diverts 62 per cent of waste from landfills

Its key initiatives included the installation of an onsite water bottling plant and a food digester machine

Sunset Hospitality

Dubai’s Sunset Hospitality Group announces new Bali openings

The group plans to expand its global footprint with the launch of 20 new venues by the end of this year


Rosewood confirms opening in Saudi’s Amaala

It is being designed by architecture firm, ACPV Architects Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel


Nammos Hotels and Resorts launched in joint venture with UAE’s Alpha Dhabi

Nammos has confirmed that its first hotel opening will take place as soon as this summer on the Psarou beach in Mykonos

World’s tallest hotel

World’s tallest hotel to open in Dubai in 2024

The First Group said that the 82-storey property will be its largest and most complex development to date

How hospitality is reshaping Dubai's real estate landscape

How hospitality is reshaping Dubai’s real estate landscape

The growing stature of Dubai as a tourist destination is redefining developers’ strategies

Ennismore CEO Gaurav Bhushan

Ennismore: Focused on curating unique lifestyle experiences

Gaurav Bhushan, co-CEO of Ennismore shares the fast-growing lifestyle and hospitality company’s expansion plans in the region

Dubai tourism dept relaunched carbon calculator Image courtesy Dubai-Media-Office

Dubai relaunches Carbon Calculator for hospitality sector

Nineteen ‘Sustainability Requirements’ have been put in place to establish a baseline across hotels in Dubai and unify hotels’ environmental practices

Alpha Dhabi FY 2022

UAE’s Alpha Dhabi sees net profit rise by 104% to Dhs10.6bn

The holding company’s revenue witnessed significant growth, reaching Dhs40bn, which represents an increase of 114 per cent year-on-year

Dubai Holding fully acquires The Westin Paris - Vendôme

Dubai Holding acquires full ownership of The Westin Paris – Vendôme

The property occupies an area of over 32,000 square metres and houses more than 400 rooms and suites

Premier Inn Ibn Battuta Mall

Premier Inn MENA plans foray into Saudi Arabia in 2023

Premier Inn plans to launch a new, higher-grade room category in the Middle East, as well as more enhancements at its existing properties this year

Emirates Palace

Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel gets a new name

The beachfront property has been officially rebranded, and includes the region’s first vegan rooms

Dubai's Emaar announces net profit rise of 80% to Dhs6.8bn, riding on record property sales

Dubai’s Emaar sees 80% net profit rise to Dhs6.8bn, supported by record property sales

Emaar’s group property sales in 2022 reached $9.5bn, primarily driven by new project launches

Jumeirah Group acquires Le Richemond in Geneva

Dubai’s Jumeirah Group acquires property in Geneva, expands presence in Europe

The art deco property features 109 keys with 87 rooms and 22 suites, offering panoramic views across Lac Léman and the mountain peaks of Mont Blanc

Yalago stats photo Dubai Media Office

Emirates Group’s Yalago records 92% rise in hotel bookings in 2022

According to the wholesale specialist, travellers are spending 30 per cent more per booking, taking on more extensive meal plans such as all-inclusive, and booking five-star hotels as a majority