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Tourism & Travel

Land prices are the biggest barrier for low-end hotels

Dubai's mid-market hotels offer surprising returnsSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

US consultancy says cash flows to bottom lines can be just as attractive for mid-market hotels

Dubai real estate

Abu Dhabi contractor wins Dubai construction dealSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

Firm will build 1,393 townhouses

Dubai Business Bay

Dubai contractors start work on Business Bay towersSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

Real estate developers award construction contracts ahead of 2020 Expo

Saudi Binladin Group

Saudi Binladin Group lays off 50,000 workersSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

Firm has terminated employment contracts of foreign workers and has asked them to leave the kingdom

Plane

Egypt still waiting for return of Russian flights Subscription

28 April, 2016 By

Egypt’s tourism minister admits he is not sure when Russian flights will return

Hotel sector

Hoteliers look to renovate during slow periodsSubscription

28 April, 2016 By

Hotel operators will increasingly seek to reinvest in properties as regional markets slow down

Sheraton hotel

Starwood aims for 100 Middle East hotels by 2020Subscription

28 April, 2016 By

US group aiming to increase its footprint in the region by 75 per cent

Hotel sector facing challenges

Economics, politics and terror weighing on global travel marketSubscription

27 April, 2016 By Edmund O'Sullivan

Lower oil prices hitting GCC hotel industry

Qatar hotels

Hotel investment in emerging countries provides greater rates of return Subscription

27 April, 2016 By

Growth in economies in emerging countries outstrips developed economies

Tehran, capital city of Iran

Rezidor mulls Iranian market Subscription

27 April, 2016 By

It is key for Iran to improve local legislations that often discourage foreign companies

Kingdom Tower, Riyadh

Saudi tourism investment safe in the long term Subscription

27 April, 2016 By

Saudi tourism sector difficult to predict in the short term due to current economic climate

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways net profit up in 2015Subscription

27 April, 2016 By

UAE flagship carrier generated $103m in net profits in 2015

Doha, capital of Qatar

Katara plans renovations for more hotelsSubscription

27 April, 2016 By

Qatari company has begun a programme to update its hotels

Tourism trends

Egypt airport security

Egypt struggles with airport security Subscription

19 April, 2016 By

Travelling through Cairo airport in the days before and after the March hijacking, it was difficult to feel confident that security had been truly heightened

Tourists in front of the Luxor temple in Egypt

Conflicting views on Egypt tourismSubscription

14 April, 2016 By

While some say the country’s dependance on tourism is unsustainable during such a volatile period in the region, others are calling for the development of different touristic destinations

Mena contract awards March 2916

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2016Subscription

10 April, 2016

44 contracts totalling $12,834m were awarded in March 2016

AHIC infographic

Hot hotel destinationsSubscription

21 March, 2016Updated: 5 April, 2016

The region’s hotel industry is subject to local and global factors from sporting events to oil prices.

Qatar hotels

Qatar looks to expand beyond the business travellerSubscription

15 March, 2016 By

Strong hotel performance in recent years is slowing, but opportunities persist for the Gulf state’s tourism sector

Middle East Contracts Awards February 2016

Middle East contracts awarded: February 2016Subscription

14 March, 2016 By ,

$7.8bn worth of contracts were awarded in February

Dubai Healthcare City

Medical tourism holds promising economic potentialSubscription

22 February, 2016 By Dominic Dudley

Healthcare tourism is a $60bn industry and presents an enticing opportunity for hospitals and medical authorities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Nakheel: Palm Jumeirah

GCC contract awards to fall in 2016Subscription

19 January, 2016 By

A sharp decline of 15 per cent is forecast for contract awards in the region, although a series of major contract awards in Dubai provides some cause for optimism

Companies

People

Laurent VoivenelSubscription

27 January, 2015Updated: 3 February, 2015

Laurent Voivenel is CEO at Hospitality Management Holdings