People & Places

UAE residents are enjoying a new outdoor market experience in the peaceful surrounds of Al Ain Oasis. The Saturday Market Al Ain Oasis runs every Saturday from January 28 until March 25. It welcomes visitors of all ages to explore its assortment of local products and produce and enjoy family-friendly activations.

Nobu Hospitality has announced plans for a new beachfront Nobu hotel, restaurant and branded residences on Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah. Marjan, the master-developer of freehold properties in Ras Al Khaimah, has welcomed Nobu Hospitality to its flagship Al Marjan Island. This follows the signing with Enevoria Development, who recently acquired a beachfront plot on Al Marjan Island, to build the project.

Kanoo Travel, the largest travel company in the MENA region, has started a new partnership with dcs plus, a global leading travel technology company. This investment will further enhance the technological infrastructure and strengthen Kanoo Travel’s operational activity and upgrade the services towards its impressive portfolio of customers. Kanoo Travel will power their operations with TINA, the travel ERP developed by dcs plus. TINA is one of the world’s most advanced web-based ERP systems for the travel industry and is favoured by members of large global TMCs.

Grand Mercure Hotel Dubai, part of Accor – a world-leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues across 110 countries, has been awarded a five-star rating by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET). The hotel celebrated the achievement with an experiential event showcasing its brand-new facilities.

SITA is innovating with cutting-edge technology to strengthen its airline, airport, and border solutions in partnership with travel identity company Zamna Technologies. Zamna’s solution uses a decentralised blockchain based model to transform how passenger data, such as passport, visa, and health information, is verified and handled, bringing security, ease, and efficiency benefits for travellers’ airlines, airports and governments. The first deployment will be focused on AACO’s 30+ airlines.

Dubai Investments has signed a deal with Millennium Hotels & Resorts, a global hotel group to open ‘Grand Millennium Resort, Danah Bay, the Group’s latest flagship freehold project in the UAE, located at the heart of the Marjan Island. The deal was signed by Khalid Bin Kalban, Vice Chairman and CEO, Dubai Investments and Fahad Abdulrahim Kazim, CEO of Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Africa. The hotel is estimated to be completed by Q4 2025.

Travel Counsellors, a leading independent travel company, announced its best January on record, reaching £114.5m ($138,085,282.50) in sales. This is up by 50 per cent on January prior to the pandemic, and means the company is trading 65 per cent up on pre-pandemic levels since the start of the financial year (Nov 1, 2022). January witnessed eight out of 10 of Travel Counsellors’ biggest sales days in its’ 28-year history.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Atlantic Coast Hospitality, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi-based real estate development firm Q Holding, have announced plans for the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr, anticipated to open in 2023. Kasr Al Bahr, meaning “castle of the sea,” was built as a sprawling royal summer palace in the 19th century, later becoming a military hospital prior to closing in 1999. Following extensive renovations, Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr will usher in a new era for the historic property with 204 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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