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Doha metro station

Doha seeks firms for metro real estate projects Subscription

8 October 2015 | By

Qatar Rail seeks consultants for 12 transit-oriented developments

The Villamar development (left) in Manama's central business district in Bahrain

Bahrain looking to revive Marina West scheme Subscription

7 October 2015 | By

The $700m scheme has been on hold since 2005, with many people still waiting for completed units

Iran Air

Iran plans seven new airports Subscription

7 October 2015 | By

New airports to be constructed around Tehran

Saadiyat Island masterplan

TDIC appoints new chief executive Subscription

6 October 2015 | By

TDIC is the tourism asset management branch of Abu Dhabi’s Tourism and Culture Authority

On 1 September, a water salute welcomed an Airbus A380 owned by Dubai’s Emirates airline, as it made its inaugural landing at Orlando International airport in the US

Middle East leads global air travel demand Subscription

4 October 2015 | By

Growth is nearly double the international average

The 52-storey Palm Tower Hotel & Residences will be built next to the planned Nakheel Mall

Nakheel awards The Palm Tower construction deal Subscription

4 October 2015 | By

UAE joint venture secures $223m contract on the Palm Jumeirah


Egypt evaluates bids for PPP project Subscription

1 October 2015 | By

Phases two and three will comprise 27 buildings developed across 39,000 square metres

Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre project

Omran closes hotel financing Subscription

30 September 2015 | By

More private sector finance planned for exhibition centre

Egypt's Investment Minister Ashraf Salman

Egypt set to sign key contracts with Saudi investors Subscription

30 September 2015 | By

Investment minister announces finalisation of key real estate contracts

Kuwait airport

Kuwait extends deadline for airport tender Subscription

30 September 2015 | By

Bids are now due to be submitted in November

Al-Maryah Central

Local bank funds Abu Dhabi's Al-Maryah Central project Subscription

28 September 2015 | By

Financing secured for retail complex in UAE capital


Sodic plans residential scheme in Egypt Subscription

27 September 2015 | By

Country currently needs up to 500,000 residential units to enter the market every year

Sukhoi Superjet 100

Iran orders $21bn of Russian aircraft Subscription

27 September 2015 | By

Passenger jets and satellite equipment contract signed

Tourism trends

Oman seeks firms for regional airport

Oman's untapped tourism potential Subscription

6 October 2015 | By Dominic Dudley

A new marketing strategy aims to boost the number of visitors

St Regis Dubai and W Dubai – Al-Habtoor City complex

Starwood focuses on mid-range offerings in UAE Subscription

25 August 2015 | By

US hotel operator to bring new brands to the emirate to help the government hit its 20 million visitors by 2020 target

Jordan visitors and tourism revenue

Regional conflicts threaten Jordanian tourism sector Subscription

29 July 2015 | By

Countermeasures by the Jordanian government include regulatory adjustments to attract investors and reverse the recent fall in visitor numbers

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

Bollywood Parks Entry

Managing the delivery of Dubai Parks & Resorts Subscription

22 June 2015 | By

South Korea’s Samsung C&T is managing 27 contractors on the $2.9bn project

Dubai hotel sector growth

Creating the best guest experience Subscription

30 April 2015

Hoteliers across the region are working to improve their offerings

Uncertain demand: Dubai’s Business Bay is experiencing a surplus of new office developments

Office buildings turned into hotels Subscription

30 April 2015 | By Paul Melly

Developers change their plans to meet demand for mid-range rooms

Effective changes: The Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates was awarded LEED silver classification in 2013

Hoteliers pursue green agendas Subscription

30 April 2015 | By Paul Melly

Sustainability in the hospitality sector is being taken more seriously now

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Laurent Voivenel Subscription

27 January 2015

Laurent Voivenel is CEO at Hospitality Management Holdings

Guido de Wilde Subscription

12 July 2014

Guido de Wilde is senior vice president, regional director of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in the Middle East

Alex Kyriakidis Subscription

12 July 2014

Alex Kyriakidis is president and managing director Marriott International, Inc. Middle East & Africa

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MEED events

Oman Projects 2015

Oman Projects Forum 2015

26-28 October 2015 | Reviewing Oman’s project market and upcoming opportunities

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Egypt tourism

Egypt’s tourism projects outlined to potential developers Subscription

16 March 2015 | By

Egypt pushes ahead with plans to build new Red Sea resorts

Egypt tourism

Egypt plans to revive tourist industry Subscription

15 March 2015 | By

Tourism minister targets 20 million tourists per year by 2020

Saudi Arabian tourists

Saudi Arabians top Dubai tourism visitors Subscription

27 January 2015 | By

More than 1 million Saudi nationals visited the emirate in 2014

Dubai International airport

Dubai Expo will add 5.4 million air passengers Subscription

27 January 2015 | By

Emirate is expected to receive 70 million passengers in 2020


Saudi Arabia: Tourist zone development Subscription

28 September 2015 | By

Development of tourist zones

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