Upgrade for Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh
SAUDI Arabia’s Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre aims to maintain
its leading edge in the city’s hospitality landscape following a major
refurbishment. The 12-month renovation project, executed by British
architectural and interiors firm GA Design, incorporates new design schemes
in all rooms and suites as well as structural and aesthetic changes in
public areas such as the entrance, reception, lobby lounge, corridors and
floor lobbies in addition to a brand new restaurant Elements which will
replace Seasons. The renowned California-based restaurant design firm EDG
Design has worked on the concept and design of all-day-dining Elements which
will offer global cuisine presented with an Arabesque and Asian twist
Singapore welcomed 30 per cent more visitors from the Middle East
Middle East visitors flocked to Singapore this summer with the Garden City
reporting a 30 per cent rise in regional travellers who came to experience
two stunning new multi-billion dollar Integrated Resorts and a raft of
world-class events, such as the exhilarating F1 race and unique Ramadan
celebrations. Latest figures from Singapore Tourism Board (STB) show that
46,559 people travelled from countries in the region to Singapore between
July and September this year, up from 35,786 in the third quarter of 2009.
Overall, almost 113,000 people travelled from the region between January and
September with most arriving from the UAE, as it accounted for 42,549 of
Middle East visitors during the first nine months of 2010.
Mauritius named world's top island
Mauritius has been recognised as the “World’s Best Island Destination” at
the 2010 World Travel Awards grand final ceremony held in London. The
flourishing tourism market that attracts nearly 1 million visitors a year.
With nine direct flights a week from Dubai, Mauritius is fast becoming a
popular favourite amongst residents from the Gulf region too. Mauritius
prides itself on a wide variety of activities, from golf to eco-tourism and
from scuba diving to fishing. It also boasts newly opened shopping malls.
This is especially popular amongst Arab families who also appreciate that
halal cuisine is readily available too.
Rotana opens 27th UAE hotel in Fujairah
ROTANA has launched its 27th property in the UAE, the Nour Arjaan by Rotana
in the heart of the city of Fujairah. With the opening of Nour Arjaan,
Rotana is now operating seven properties in the UAE under the Arjaan Hotel
Apartments by Rotana brand and has a total of 7,130 rooms under management.
Nour Arjaan by Rotana is conveniently situated less than 1km from Fujairah
International Airport and just minutes from the beach. The 225-room property
has spectacular views of the city and caters to business travellers and
Fresh look for Movenpick Hotel and Apartments Bur Dubai
Movenpick Hotel and Apartments Bur Dubai has completed the stylish
refurbishment of the hotel’s 255 guestrooms, the expansive lobby, the
Fountain restaurant and Cafe lounge, providing the five-star property with a
refreshingly contemporary image. Alongside the 255 newly appointed rooms and
suites, and added privacy and amenities of the exclusive Executive Floors,
57 apartments are fully equipped with entertainment systems and kitchens.
The hotel offers six eclectic restaurants comprising the Fountain restaurant
offering international all day dining, Cafe lounge, an ideal venue for
afternoon tea, a contemporary yet traditional North-Indian restaurant
Chutneys, the Lebanese restaurant Fakhreldine, an English-style pub
Somerset’s, and a Pool House rooftop bar serving light snacks and beverages.
Abu Dhabi targets 1.9m hotel guests in 2011
Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) hopes to draw 1.9 million visitors to
around 22,000 hotel rooms in the UAE capital next year. Tourism is expected
to contribute 11.1 per cent to the emirate’s overall non-oil GDP, according
to ADTA’s tourism agenda. The targets will mean a 15 per cent rise on the
2010 hotel guest target, an increase of over 5,000 hotel rooms and a 0.4 per
cent increase in overall non-oil GDP contribution.