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Dubai tourists at Dubai Mall fountain

Dubai tourism revenues rise 9.8 per cent Subscription

4 March 2015 | By

But the number of hotel rooms is growing faster than guest numbers

Egypt tourism

Egypt hotel market returns Subscription

12 February 2015 | By

Hilton predicts Egypt’s tourism market will rebound with stability

Dubai’s Jumeirah Group has signed an agreement to operate a luxury resort in Abu Dhabi called Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort

Jumeirah confirms Saadiyat hotel deal Subscription

10 February 2015 | By

Dubai-based group will manage luxury resort on Abu Dhabi island

Dubai's budget hotels held back by land costs Subscription

29 December 2014 | By

Market demand far outpaces supply

Plane

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

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Project news

Package three of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre awarded

Indian contractor wins Omran deal Subscription

9 February 2015 | By

Package three of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre awarded

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

Tourism trends

Dubai hotels

Mixed start to 2015 for Dubai hotels Subscription

17 February 2015 | By

New supply will present challenges for hotel sector in first quarter

Airbnb

Airbnb challenges hotel industry Subscription

16 February 2015 | By Dominc Dudley

Peer-to-peer lodging companies are starting to gain ground in the Middle East, particularly in Dubai. The hotel industry needs to consider its response

Middle East and north Africa cultural heritage sites

Unrest chips away at region’s heritage Subscription

16 February 2015 | By

Conflict and the race to develop resources and infrastructure are placing the Middle East and North Africa region’s cultural sites at risk

Hotel performance in major markets around the world

Changing dynamics in the tourism industry Subscription

16 February 2015 | By

The tourism industry is feeling the impact of the devaluation of the Russian currency,which is seeing holidaymakers switch from Dubai to Egypt. But a boom in Chinese travellers is compensating

Regional tourism

Tourism: Shift in dynamics in the industry

16 February 2015

Conflict coupled with political and economic instability is changing the landscape of the region’s tourism industry

Airbnb and its rivals already list thousands of properties around the region

Embracing the sharing economy

16 February 2015 | By

Gulf cities could benefit from the sharing economy, given their ambitious tourism targets

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

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Companies

People

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

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

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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

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