In Brief


Grand Hyatt Amman named best
THE Grand Hyatt Amman has been voted Top Hotel in the Middle East in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.

The results were derived from the largest independent poll of consumers' preferences, the Readers' Choice Survey, with over 21,000 travellers voting this year, based on hotels in which they personally stayed. Grand Hyatt Amman scored highest on having the friendliest service and highest quality standards.

Hilton deal for residential offering
HILTON Hotels has announced the signing of its newest property, the Hilton Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai, set to open in September 2007. It is Hilton’s first residential offering in Dubai, and is owned by AA Almoosa Enterprises. The 44-storey property will open with 371 guest rooms and apartments, two restaurants and a bar, besides other facilities.

Sheraton Doha unveils designer rooms
THE 371-unit Sheraton Doha Hotel & Resort has recently finished an extensive renovation that has transformed its standard rooms into deluxe accommodation. Designed by prominent interior design team Hirsch and Bender, the standard rooms were split into two levels, separating the sleeping and sitting areas. They now feature state-of-the-art interiors and technology, including high speed internet. The hotel offers a range of accommodation to suit every need, from classic split-level rooms with private balconies to executive, presidential and royal suites.

New Bawadi properties announced
The 10km themed Bawadi boulevard – a Dh100 billion ($367 million) hospitality and tourism project – will now include the Palaces Hotel and Resort and the Holly Bolly Hotel and Resort. Palaces Hotel and Resort, developed by Galadari Investments, will comprise 1,000 rooms, fine dining restaurants, and lifestyle shops.  The Dh1.3 billion Holly Bolly Hotel and Resort, launched by Plantation Holdings, a company formed by high net worth individuals from the region, promises to combine the best of Hollywood with the finest from Bollywood.

Quadriga brings Genesis to ME
QUADRIGA, the leading provider of digital-IP based entertainment and internet services for the hotel industry, has announced that its state-of-the-art Genesis system is now available in over 100,000 rooms across Europe and the Middle East. Starwood alone accounts for some 15,000 rooms. Genesis, Europe’s first fully digital-IP in room system pioneered digital entertainment and internet services in the first class and luxury sector.