In Brief

Le Verdun

Four Points Le Verdun opens doors
Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of Four Points Le Verdun, its third property in Lebanon and the second in the capital Beirut.

Owned by Hotelier Verdun 5000 SAL, the Four Points Le Verdun will be operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts under a management agreement. Four Points Le Verdun is conveniently located in the fashionable Verdun area, known for its famous multitude of shopping malls, eclectic nightlife and outstanding restaurants and bars.

ADNH receives ISO certification
ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH), Abu Dhabi’s leading hospitality group, has received ISO 9001:2000 certification for its quality management systems. Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI), one of the world’s most respected certifying bodies, presented the award. HE Khalifa Nasser Bin Huwaileel Al Mansoori, chairman of ADNH, said: “The ISO 9001:2000 is a significant achievement, reflecting our high standards, efficiency and effectiveness. It also demonstrates our commitment to customer satisfaction and employee training. The certification helps strengthen our business and image, and is an important competitive advantage in an increasingly crowded marketplace.”

Metropolitan teams up with Spinneys
DUBAI: To celebrate yet another year as a key sponsor of the 2005 Dubai Shopping Festival, Metropolitan Hotels International, part of Habtoor Hospitality, has teamed up with another key sponsor: Spinneys. Together these two companies have created an exciting, innovative competition that fits in perfectly with the spirit of the Dubai Shopping Festival. When you spend Dh50 or more on food in one of the 18 Metropolitan restaurants at the Metropolitan Hotel Dubai, the Metropolitan Palace Hotel, The Metropolitan Hotel Deira or the Metropolitan Resort and Beach Club till February 12 you can then enter into the Metropolitan “Dine and Dash” promotion. For four weeks four lucky winners will be drawn and allowed to rush round one of Spinney’s stores filling up their trolley with as many items as they can for one minute – courtesy of Metropolitan Hotels International and Spinneys. David Danby, group director of marketing for Habtoor Hospitality said, ‘We are delighted we have been able to put this fun promotion together with Spinneys.”

Turkish Food Festival at Topkapi
DUBAI: Discover the finest culinary wonders of Turkey from February 9-18 during the Turkish Food Festival being held at the Topkapi restaurant, Taj Palace Hotel, Dubai, during lunch and dinner. Three top Turkish chefs – Chefs Cengiz Cetin, Nori Buzkurt and Adil Cakezi from Swissotel Istanbul – are being specially flown in for a fortnight of culinary celebrations featuring the best of Turkish home-cooked style gastronomic delights.

Coral Suites, Ajman, opens
AJMAN: Coral International Hotels, Resorts & Spas announced the launch of Coral Suites, Ajman at a press conference attended by HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal Al Qassimi, Michel PJ Noblet, managing director, Coral International, Hotels, Resorts & Spas and Friedrich Albrecht, GM, Coral Suites, Ajman, besides the top management team of Coral International. “The key to our success lies in the service we offer,” said Noblet. “We believe in not just setting standards but maintaining them. We want our guests to feel the warmth of welcome in addition to all the modern comforts.” Located on the Corniche Road, overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Coral Suites belongs to Sheikh Mohammed bin Ali Al Nuaimi and has 95 rooms out of which 81 are suites.

Le Meridien Al Aqah boosts Rugby
FUJAIRAH: In a move to encourage the spirit of sport and further bolster its brand equity, Le Meridien Al Aqah, UAE’s premier family getaway located in Fujairah, has announced that it will sponsor the Dubai Exiles Ladies’ Rugby Team for all GCC tournaments. Following this, the leading international hotel chain will soon launch the Le Meridien Al Aqah Cup for promoting rugby in the region with teams participating from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar. Elaborating on the strategy behind the sponsorship, Patrick Antaki, GM, Le Meridien Al Aqah, said: “Rugby is a rage in the Emirates and Le Meridien Al Aqah’s association with the sport will give it a vibrant appeal.”

New flavour at Mövenpick Bur Dubai
DUBAI: Opening at the beginning of February is a new al fresco dining venue at the Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai. Situated directly at the entrance of the hotel, affording glimpses of the area’s vibrantly colourful activity, yet discreetly shielded from view by tropical plants and trees, rustic wooden tables and chairs provide a comfortable yet relaxing locale, ensuring that Mingles is the hottest new venue in town.

‘Hungry for Hyatt’ promotion extended
DUBAI: Hyatt Regency Dubai and Grand Hyatt Dubai have announced that they will be extending their joint promotion with Skywards, Emirates’ Frequent Flyer programme where members can earn Miles as they dine until 28th February 2005. With the ‘Hungry for Hyatt’ promotion, Skywards Members can take a gastronomic tour of the world from New York to Singapore, Japan to Beirut, at over 15 participating restaurants in Hyatt Regency Dubai and Grand Hyatt Dubai, and have Miles added to their Skywards Blue, Silver or Gold account by simply presenting their Skywards or Skysurfers membership card.