Shangri-La Hotels and 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.
Langham Hospitality Group announced earlier it had signed an agreement with DAS Real Estate to manage The Langham resort in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Located on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah and scheduled to open in 2015, this 323-room resort marks double landmark “firsts” for the Hong Kong-based hotel company: it is the group’s first foray into the Middle East and the first resort in its global collection.
Rixos the Palm Dubai has welcomed over 1,000 guests to its annual Arabian Travel Market party – one of the hottest tickets in town. Also rejoicing was the Global Hotel Alliance, which celebrated its tenth anniversary at the event.
Phil Blizzard speaks here with David Thomson, chief operating officer, JA Resorts & Hotels about the development of their various properties and how ‘new Dubai’ and beyond is playing an important role in the growth of the group.
Anantara Dubai the Palm Resort & Spa is expanding its collection of luxurious beachside accommodation with 30 exclusive One and Two Bedroom Apartments, opening today. A world class waterfront resort, Anantara Dubai the Palm Resort & Spa is uniquely inspired by traditional Thai architecture and enviably located on the Palm Jumeirah’s eastern crescent.
Abdo Kayali has joined Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah as the property’s new sales and marketing director. Kayali joins Kempinski Palm Jumeirah from Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Al Rayyan Hospitality in Doha, where he held the position of group director of sales and marketing.
With a score of 90%, the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort&Spa has been awarded the prestigious Green Globe certification, following an extensive sustainability audit conducted by sustainability experts, Farnek Consultancy.
Viceroy Hotel Group has made one of its most important portfolio additions to date, announcing the planned 2017 opening of Viceroy Dubai, Palm Jumeirah. The $1 billion dollar endeavour marks the company’s first venture into Dubai and its second in the United Arab Emirates alongside sister property Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi.
Rixos Hotels is to mark its Middle East debut by managing a new property on the Palm Jumeirah. The Turkish luxury hospitality brand steps in after Jumeirah Group, the brand behind Dubai’s iconic Burj al Arab, terminated its contract with Al Fattan Properties to manage Jumeirah Al Fattan Palm Resort.
Brad Pitt and David Beckham are thought to be among those caught up in Dubai’s latest credit squeeze, as developer Nakheel has asked creditors for a six-month “standstill” on debt repayments totalling US$59 billion. The Dubai government has also called in accountants Deloitte to advise on restructuring the business, stoking fears that Nakheel will be unable to continue with the Palm Jumeirah, leaving one of Dubai’s landmark developments a construction site.
Breaking Travel News interviews Ian Scott, Director of Tourism and Marketing, Dubai Representative Office in UK & Ireland at World Travel Market 2007 about Atlantis which will be opening on the Palm Jumeirah. Scott also talks about the entry of Silverjet and the expansion of the tourism product.