21 November 2017

People & Places

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi led a tourism delegation to Shanghai last month as part of a new initiative to encourage even more visitors from China to explore the emirate. China is currently the largest international source market for hotel guests staying in Abu Dhabi, with more than 242,000 Chinese checking into the emirate’s 166 hotels and hotel apartments in the first eight months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 68 per cent.

Kuwait’s Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa organised special cooking activities for the children of Kuwait Down Syndrome Association as part of its active involvement in supporting the society and local community. The hotel invited a group of children to engage in pizza and pasta making sessions. General manager Savino Leone said: “The Kuwait Down Syndrome Association plays an instrumental role in the lives of these children and we take pride in upholding our strong bond with them every year through various activities. It is heart-warming to see the children enjoying their time and being given the opportunity to develop their abilities, discover their hidden talents and realize their dreams.”

Palazzo Versace Dubai won the Best Luxury Hotel of the Year Award at the annual Middle East Hospitality (MEHA) Awards Gala Ceremony 2017. The awards acknowledged excellence across the region’s diverse hospitality sector by rewarding hotels, resorts and restaurants that have demonstrated exceptional performance, innovation and visitor relations in the last year.

The H Dubai has launched a new one-of-a-kind experience for guests to enjoy on Sheikh Zayed Road. In addition to a night’s stay in the two-storey rooftop Royal Suite, guests can explore the city in their supercar of choice - Rolls Royce Ghost, Rolls Royce Wraith, Lamborghini Huracan, Ferrari California or a Ferrari 458 Spider - as well as an in-suite gourmet dinner catered by a celebrity chef and a timeless massage in the in-suite spa. Guests of the Royal Suite are attended by up to two butlers and will enjoy a full breakfast service on the roof top terrace. The package is priced at $12,000 for up to six guests.

The midscale Hampton by Hilton brand will operate MR Properties’ latest hotel on Marjan Island, after an agreement was signed by Hilton’s Vice President of Development for MENA & Turkey, Carlos Khneisser and Mohamed Ruqait, owner and chairman of MR Properties. The 500-guest room project was previously announced at Cityscape Global Conference in Dubai.

The Gstaad Tourist Office supported an event to awareness of skiing for blind and visually impaired people at the world’s largest indoor snow centre Ski Dubai. The challenge consisted of two blind skiers and their guides doing as many runs and kilometres as possible in the time frame of one hour on a slalom course.

Making the most of the stunning canal side views, Café Artois by Bridgewater Tavern ushered in the good weather at its official opening in JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. The relaxed, family-friendly al fresco venue is ideal for those seeking a chilled afternoon in the sun, with casual barbeque food, a huge beer selection and a mix of picnic tables and comfortable lounge seating.

Staff from UAE-headquartered hospitality company, TIME Hotels, walked over 300km in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness last month. Eddie Ignatius, Corporate Director of Innovation & Quality, said: “There was a great turnout from our team who each walked 3.4km from one end of Dubai Marina to the other, totalling 329.8km for the TIME Hotels contingent, taking just under two hours.”

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