People & Places

The management and staff of Al Bustan Rotana Dubai, UAE enjoy a short road trip on one of Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) new 18-m tube buses as part of an initiative between RTA and Rotana to educate their staff about the new public transport system.



Rotana Hotels opened its second Rotana Ahlan Kiosk in Beirut. The kiosk was conceptualized as a one-stop shop catering to travellers’ accommodation, dining, meeting, events and incentive needs. Seen above are Mark Timbrell, GM of Gefinor Rotana Beirut, Hala Massaad, GM at Hazmieh Rotana Beirut and Pierre Ghorayeb, GM Raouche Arjaan by Rotana at the new kiosk.



Ugo Monye, the Harlequins and England rugby star who plays for the Etihad Airways’ sponsored Harlequins RFC, relaxes at the Shangri La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi during a visit to the UAE’s capital. Ugo is the latest in a series of world famous sport stars to visit the UAE’s capital thanks to Etihad’s growing sports sponsorship portfolio.



Thierry Perrot, director of operations, Egypt & Libya and general manager of InterContinental Cairo Citystars, hosted a group of media professionals from Saudi Arabia. The purpose of the visit was to get familiarized with everything new in Egyptian tourism in 2009.



Representatives of Disneyland Resort in Paris, France recently visited their business partners, Sunshine Tours in Bahrain, to develop awareness and education of their brand. Seen from left are Sunshine Tours, group chief executive Hisham Al Baradie, GM Abraham John, tour consultant Bindu Saaj and founder and group chairman, Jamil Wafa with  Norbert Stiekema, Sr VP for Disneyland Paris, Jean Marc Murre, director, international sales and Ginger Taggar, director, international markets.



The soon-to-open Gold Swiss-Belhotel Dubai nears completion of the recruitment phase and prepares to roll out training and induction programmes.  Seen are GM Nils Rothbarth with the newly recruited team.