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Dubai's budget hotels held back by land costs Subscription

29 December 2014 | By

Market demand far outpaces supply


Oman Air pursues expansion plans Subscription

7 December 2014 | By

Muscat to Manila route inaugurated on 2 December

Premier Inn

Premier Inn focuses on GCC expansion Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

More than 100 hotels projected over 20 years, seven announced, four in negotiations

Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded its ratings for three state-owned Abu Dhabi firms

Moody’s upgrades three Abu Dhabi firms Subscription

12 August 2014 | By

High government support for state-owned Ipic, Mubadala and TDIC boosts credit ratings

Air Arabia

Air Arabia’s second quarter profits boosted by cost management Subscription

10 August 2014 | By

Airline opened second UAE hub earlier in year

Commercial Bank of Dubai finances Movenpick acquisition Subscription

6 July 2014 | By

Bank Muscat’s new property fund acquires beachfront hotel

Iraqi Kurdistan faces four-year period hotel overcapacity Subscription

8 June 2014 | By

Erbil Rotana manager says supply is growing faster than demand for hotel rooms

Regional niche tourism markets expected to grow Subscription

5 June 2014 | By

Cruising, medical tourism and meetings industry set to thrive in the region, according to study

Egypt launches $1bn tourism investment fund Subscription

5 June 2014 | By

Fund to help tourism industry recover

Fifa to complete probe of Qatar World Cup bid by 9 June Subscription

3 June 2014 | By

New allegations of corruption heighten calls for re-vote to find new host country

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Project news

Omran awards Al-Irfan masterplan deal

Omran awards Al-Irfan masterplan deal Subscription

15 January 2015 | By

Development will cover 7.4 million square metres

India’s Larsen & Toubro has won a contract to build a hotel at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre

Larsen & Toubro to build Muscat Crowne Plaza Subscription

8 January 2015 | By

Four-star hotel part of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre

Firms submit bids for Qatar Hilton resort

Firms submit bids for Qatar Hilton resort Subscription

8 January 2015 | By

Salwa development will be built southwest of Doha

Cristal Hotel lobby

Cristal Hotel Group expanding across Middle East Subscription

7 December 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi firm planning to develop several new hotels throughout region

Construction at Dubai Parks & Resorts theme park development in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai

Dubai Parks & Resorts reaches 45 per cent on network utilities work Subscription

24 November 2014 | By

Remaining packages awarded by end of 2014

Hospitality Management Holdings signs contract with Mobarak Hotels to operate Coral al-Medina hotel in Saudi Arabia

Hospitality Management Holdings signs contract with Mobarak Hotels Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

Saudi firm to operate Coral al-Medina hotel in kingdom

Qatari Diar has signed an agreement with Oman's Tourism Ministry to develop Ras al-Hadd, a multi-use eco-themed tourism project

Qatari Diar signs deal to develop Oman Ras al-Hadd project Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Eco-tourism scheme will cover 2 million square metres

Bluewaters development

Meraas appoints contractors for Dubai building work Subscription

5 November 2014 | By

Construction contracts cover Bulgari hotel, Bluewaters and Nikki Beach Resorts

Contractors submit bids for Oman convention centre

Contractors submit bids for Oman convention centre Subscription

5 November 2014 | By

Indian firm bids low for main contract


Contractors prepare to bid for Qatar's Salwa resort Subscription

3 November 2014 | By

The beachfront property will be managed by US operator Hilton

Tourism trends

Saadiyat Island St Regis Resort

Turning local hotel brands global Subscription

28 April 2014 | By

Local hotel brands are increasingly targeting overseas expansion after enjoying success in their home markets

Falling crude prices are accentuating the excess supply of hotel rooms in Dubai

Dubai tourism sector to cool on oil slump Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Ahmed Ramdan, group CEO of the local hospitality consultancy Roya International, discusses the impact of falling oil prices on tourism in Dubai

Dubai hotel rooms

Dubai’s budget hotel dilemma Subscription

11 January 2015 | By

While there is strong demand in the emirate for mid-range and budget hotels, the cost of land is holding back development of sector

Since the revolution, the country's main focus has been promoting religious and domestic tourism, with the government concerned that large numbers of foreign visitors could threaten Iran's Islamic traditions

The region’s sleeping giant Subscription

6 January 2015 | By

Visitor numbers are picking up and the government is working on improving Iran’s public image, but sanctions continue to hinder investment in the tourism industry

Bollywood Park: Will be part of the Dubai Theme Park

Dubai taps entertainment sector Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

The emirate is diversifying its tourism offering from retail and beaches to include theme parks in its bid to reach 20 million visitors by 2020

The sultanate has carved a niche for itself in which difficult terrain and a lack of infrastructure are made to work to its advantage, as in the case of the Alila Jabal Akhdar, which has literally been fashioned from the Al-Hajar mountains

Spotlight falls on tourism in Oman Subscription

6 November 2014 | By Richard Nield

The government is planning to develop infrastructure across the sultanate and also bolster Oman’s status as a luxury destination with several five-star hotel projects under way

Dubai Mall

Dubai's 13 biggest shopping mall developments Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Mall of the World tops the $2.7bn-worth of Dubai-based shopping centre projects in MEED’s list

The Mall of the World site as seen from Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai must grow for world’s biggest malls Subscription

6 July 2014 | By

Almost every major shopping centre in the emirate is being expanded

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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

Helal Saeed al-Marri Subscription

27 January 2014

Helal Saeed al-Marri is director-general, Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing

Reem al-Hashimy Subscription

27 January 2014

Reem al-Hashimy is UAE minister of state and managing director of the Expo 2020 Preparatory Committee

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice-president and prime minister, UAE; Ruler, Dubai

The people spearheading Dubai's expo plans Subscription

27 January 2014

Twelve key figures involved with Dubai’s Expo preparations

Nicholas Clayton Subscription

20 January 2014

Nicholas Clayton is chief operating officer, Jumeirah Group

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Saudi Arabian tourists

Saudi Arabians top Dubai tourism visitors

27 January 2015 | By

More than 1 million Saudi nationals visited the emirate in 2014

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Saudi Arabia: Tourist zone development Subscription

16 January 2015 | By

Development and improvement of tourist zones

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