Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened the Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa at Somabay, marking the debut of the Westin brand in Egypt. Located on its own peninsula, just south of Hurghada on the Red Sea, Somabay offers the perfect beach holiday getaway.
Leading German hospitality company, Steigenberger Hotel Group has opened its first property in the United Arab Emirates - the five-star, waterfront Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in Dubai. The flagship Steigenberger Dubai is right at the heart of the city close to the iconic Burj Khalifa - the world’s tallest tower and the Dubai Mall in the cosmopolitan Downtown neighbourhood.
Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Doha - Old Town, in the rapidly expanding business district of Qatar’s capital. “As one of the world’s key commercial capitals, Doha is a critical market for our growing footprint in the Middle East, and we are thrilled to bring the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to Qatar,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton.
AccorHotels has announced it has signed a management agreement with Aria Ziggurat for its two inaugural properties in Tehran. The new hotels – Novotel IKIA and ibis IKIA – are connected to the main terminal of Imam Khomeini International Airport and scheduled to open in October 2015.
Rotana has announced that Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana in Abu Dhabi will officially open its doors to guests on November 1st, 2015. The hotel will become the group’s 13th property in the Emirate.
Marriott International has opened Makkah Marriott Hotel, the company’s first flagship brand in the holy city. The arabesque themed 426-room property sits on the hill top of Makkah, providing guests with exquisite views of the Holy City and Haram. With the opening of the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Makkah, Muslim pilgrims will now have a property that easily resonates with their needs of a futuristic, comfortable and convenient place to stay while undertaking one of the most important journeys in their lives.
Following the opening of new properties in Bahrain and Jordan so far this year, Rotana Hotels & Resorts has outlined plans to open a further 11 properties over the next six months. With flourishing development being made in its growth strategy, Rotana will expand its portfolio across six different markets including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Africa, and entering Turkey for the first time.
Rotana, the leading hotel management company operating hotels across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, has announced that both Burgu Arjaan by Rotana and Tango Arjaan by Rotana in Istanbul, Turkey will officially open their doors to guests on June 1st 2015. The double opening marks Rotana’s expansion into the European market.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Fairmont Ajman in the United Arab Emirates. Located in the land of perennial sunshine, this beachfront resort is located in the smallest of the seven Emirates, is flanked by a pristine beach and has unobstructed views of the Arabian Gulf.
Rotana has announced the official opening of The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana, the group’s first property in Jordan. Located in the heart of Abdali, the new downtown of Amman, The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana is situated at The Boulevard, a mixed-use development boasting residential, entertainment and business outlets.
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara has opened its doors, offering guests a taste of traditional Qatari hospitality and a unique resort experience with the first and only over water villas in Qatar as well as a dedicated wellness centre which is one-of-a-kind in the Middle East. Nestled in the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Doha, the resort offers a paradise island setting with extensive facilities for everyone from honeymooners to families and unlimited opportunities for relaxation and adventure, wellness, romance and indulgence.
Marriott International is both responding to, and boosting the Middle East and Africa region’s growing extended-stay hospitality sector by opening two new Residence Inn properties in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. According to the hotel company, the openings are in response to increased demand, highlighted by a 13 per cent rise in year on year RevPAR rates within its own extended stay-portfolio, as well as increased demand from the region’s Gen Y demographic.