In a city of superlatives, where each day seems to bring something bigger, brighter and bolder the leading global luxury hospitality brand presents something entirely different: the all-new, intimately scaled Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre. At eight stories and with just 106 guest accommodations, Four Seasons Hotel DIFC is redefining the very meaning of luxury.
Downtown Rotana, Manama has officially opened its doors and is welcoming guests to its slick-city property in the heart of the Bahraini capital. Set against the iconic backdrop of the Manama ‘souq’ and the city’s central business and financial district skyline, the new 26-storey property is the third new property opening in Bahrain for Rotana.
Meliá Hotels International has announced its entry into the Iranian market with the first five-star branded hotel, which will be managed by an international hotel company, Gran Meliá Ghoo Hotel. The property will be located in the largest mixed residential, commercial and hotel complex to be developed in Iran, which is currently being built in Salman Shahr, a popular holiday destination on the Caspian Sea.
The new ibis One Central hotel, located next to the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre has welcomed its first guests. Strategically located adjacent to the largest exhibition centre in the Middle East with easy access for guests to both, Sheikh Zayed Road and World Trade Centre metro station, the ibis One Central hotel which is part of the Dubai Trade Centre District will target a wide mix of international and regional business, leisure and MICE travellers coming to the UAE.
Dhofar’s newest luxury hotel, Anantara Salalah - Al Baleed Resort, developed by a joint venture between Omran Hotels & Resorts & Musstir, is set to open this summer. The opening will be just in time for the upcoming season known locally as ‘Khareef’, which brings cooler temperatures and lush greenery.
Rotana is soft opening City Centre Rotana Doha - Qatar, the city’s newest five-star hotel. Developed by Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company, the City Centre Rotana Doha is located in the West Bay area. This 52-storey tower features 287 luxurious modern rooms and suites and 94 serviced apartments.
Rotana Hotels & Resorts, one of the leading hospitality management groups in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe is set to continue its ambitious expansion with the opening of 15 properties across the remainder of this year and 2016. With flourishing development being made in its growth strategy, Rotana is further strengthening its presence in Turkey and Bahrain, while 2016 will also see the opening of the group’s first property in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo marking Rotana’s increasing footprint in Africa.
Within months of the successful opening of its first hotel in Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Road, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has announced the development of a second, complementary location in the heart of the city’s International Finance Centre. “Our entry into Dubai has been extremely well received by locals and global travellers alike, and we are very pleased to be able to offer them a second Four Seasons experience in the city,” said Allen Smith, president, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has unveiled the name for Jumeirah’s new hotel at Madinat Jumeirah, scheduled to open during 2016. The new property will be known as Jumeirah Al Naseem. The name ‘Al Naseem’, which means a gentle wind or sea breeze in Arabic, reflects the location of the hotel on the shoreline of the Arabian Gulf and the open aspect of its design.
Viceroy Hotel Group has appointed Mikael Svensson as general manager of Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, ahead of the property’s opening in 2016. A dynamic leader in the international luxury hotel industry, Svensson is well placed to oversee the launch of the USD$1 billion property, Viceroy Hotel Group’s first venture into Dubai.
Kerzner International has entered into an agreement with Sevens Holding, a diverse company catering to different segments in the private sector including hospitality and real estate, to develop and operate a new One&Only resort in Seef, Bahrain. This new resort is scheduled to begin welcoming guests in 2016.
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and Dubai-based real estate developer Nakheel have signed a letter of intent for Shangri-La to manage a 290-room hotel in The Palm Tower on Palm Jumeirah. The parties expect to sign a comprehensive hotel management agreement for the property in the coming weeks.