26 March 2017

People & Places

Spearheaded by the hotel’s new executive chef Serkan Yelkenbasan, talented chefs from Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa won a total of 20 medals at the sixth edition of Kuwait’s leading food and beverage competition, the annual Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Awards (Horeca) in Kuwait. General manager Hakan Petek, said: “I am incredibly proud of our culinary team at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa and continuous participation in the country’s highly awaited hospitality exhibition. Our chefs have demonstrated their commitment to culinary excellence and dedication to deliver the most memorable dining experiences to our guests. I wish to congratulate them for the outstanding level of creativity and passion in their performances.”

The seventh annual Sharjah Light Festival (SLF) took place for 10 days from February 2 to 11, covering 14 locations across the emirate. Initiated, managed and produced by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), the festival is a highly creative, world-class event that uses the aesthetically alluring buildings of Sharjah as a canvas for dynamic light shows, highlighting their authentic Islamic – as well as modern – architecture.

Amwaj Rotana located along the iconic Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) stretch of Dubai has attained the ISO:14001 certification, passing more than 65 external audits to complete this integral part of its corporate social responsibility plan. Currently, the hotel is also in its transitional phase and is working on also achieving the OHSAS:18001 certification in Q2 this year.

A high-speed water taxi service was introduced at Yas Island last month. The water taxi will connect with the high-speed service that Jalboot Marine Network currently operates around Abu Dhabi city, stopping at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi Mall, Etihad Towers and Fairmont Hotel. It is also available to and from Yas Island for residents of Raha Beach heading to Yas Marina and Yas Links

Over 30,000 camels will gather from March 19 till April 15 in the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to participate in King Abdulaziz’s prestigious Mazayen al-ibl heritage festival and camel beauty contest. An ancient tradition, the festival attracts over two million attendees from across the globe including royalty, celebrity, designers and athletes.

Hong Kong Disneyland organised Valentine’s Day specials including romantic dinners, themed gifts and stays within the resort’s two hotels. The highlight was the newly opened Iron Man Experience, complete with showcases and challenges to participate in.

Wyndham Dubai Marina welcomed just over 36,200 guests in the first year of operation, since its launch on February 16 last year. Over the past year, the team at Wyndham Dubai Marina has grown to 205 associates from 30 counties working both front-of-the-house to and behind the scenes and the team continues to grow. In its initial year, the hotel has launched four outlets, including the signature Range Bar & Grill, well known for the 1.2kg Tomahawk Steak. The hotel celebrated its first-year anniversary by hosting a series of special events, room promotions, dining specials and competitions throughout the month of February 2017.

Celebrate Holi, the festival of colours, with Taj Hotels & Resorts in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, and Jai Mahal Palace (pictured here), will present an extravaganza of colours, music and tradition for a fascinating holiday on March 12 and 13.

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