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December 2017 2406

Ras Al Khaimah has been a hot bed of activity ever since Haitham Mattar took over the helm of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority as its CEO ...


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December 2017 2148

True to its promise of building the knowledge capacity of the travel industry, WTM London 2017 delivered an array of informative content packed sessions, with ...


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December 2017 2279

Travel, once the domain of explorers, adventurers and traders, eventually became more accessible to other members of society ...


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December 2017 2052

Korea has transformed into one of the world’s leading economies in a period of just over 60 years. This has seen Korea become the driving force behind in ...


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December 2017 3148

The glamorous superyacht marina Porto Montenegro, on the shores of the Adriatic on the Unesco protected Boka Bay, truly is a year-round destination. Here are a ...


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December 2017 2524

The rapid rise and time spent on devices cannot make headlines any more, however the pace at which this change is taking place can make heads turn. One such re ...


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December 2017 3176

Emirates confirmed that its first two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its soon-to-launch First Class product will operate from Dubai to the airline& ...


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December 2017 3190

Wyndham Hotel Group, the hotel giant with an unmatched global presence of more than 8,100 hotels in 78 countries, announced the opening of Wyndham Ga ...


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December 2017 3665

During its opening celebrations, Louvre Abu Dhabi welcomed 30,000 visitors, 227 artists and performers and numerous VIPs and official visits. The museum launch ...


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December 2017 2570

Munich’s Bayerischer Hof has gone past 175 years in business. The hotel is a ...


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  • ibis Dubai Deira City Centre announced reaching the one million mark of perfectly made beds last month. In commemoration of this achievement, the hotel will be holding its first ever The Art of Housekeeping event, a five-day programme, which featured a range of activities and best practices in housekeeping.

  • Sheraton Bahrain Hotel was awarded Bahrain’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony on October 29, 2017. The award was presented to Cristalyn Pastrana, director of marketing for Sheraton Bahrain Hotel. The hotel has won this title for five consecutive years now since 2013. Graham Cooke, president and founder of World Travel Awards, is seen here presenting the award to Pastrana.

  • Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah and GEMS Westminster School have launched programme where children between the ages of 8 and 13 will work in a five-star hotel for a half-day shift as concierge, sous chef, front office agent or waiter. They will have their own hotel uniforms, wear nametags and start a training programme to learn the basics of working in a hotel. The new recruits will shadow senior team members throughout the day, which will end with an interview with the general manager and a Waldorf Astoria certificate to take home. The first batch of students is already out and with their certificate.

  • Plaj, the chic beachside restaurant at the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray resort unlocks its doors to new Mediterranean offerings, from the kitchen to the menus and the venue itself. With an a la carte menu of over 35 new delicacies, Plaj has also introduced unique offerings that include hand tossed sour dough pizzas prepared in a wood fire oven, and more.

  • Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, which opened in January this year, has recently won the award of Best City Hotel Turkey and Best City Hotel Europe, while achieving The International Five-Star Hotel Standard in the recently concluded International Hotel Awards. A new icon for the vibrant Mecidiyeköy district, Fairmont Quasar sits at a crossroads in Istanbul – where eclectic neighbourhood bazaars and colourful side streets meet modern shopping centres and commercial properties. 

  • Though one may be expected to spend copious amounts of time in or around the water when holidaying in the Maldives, Huvafen Fushi takes this to a whole new level with the World’s First Underwater Spa. Huvafen Spa is submerged and immersed in the underwater world of the Male Atoll where tropical fish flit and weave through the currents whilst you are soothed by the healing hands of the experienced therapists. In order to deepen the relaxation, guests are invited to enter the world below the surface and let Huvafen wrap you in healing arms, soothed by healing hands.

  • The Royal Opera House Muscat recently featured Gioachino Rossini’s wonderfully comic opera, L’Occasione fa Il Ladro (Opportunity Makes a Thief). This delightfully funny, beautifully sung tale of identity theft and mixed-up romantic rivals reflects the vividly humorous music and engaging plots, for which Rossini is famed.  


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