In Brief


Top hair stylist at One&Only Royal Mirage
One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai’s most stylish beach resort, has associated itself with renowned hair stylist Alexandre Zouari Paris to grant its clientele exclusive hair treatments.

Alexandre Zouari has established his reputation throughout Europe and the Middle East for his hair styling and colouring. He has worked with leading fashion magazines and fashion photographers such as Helmut Newton and Cecil Beaton, and styled fashion shows for Jean-Louis Scherrer, Valentino, Chanel, Hermes, Hanae Mori etc. Zouari talented stylists do promise beautiful hairstyles and colours. Colouring, he says, should add a touch of originality and pleasure to hairstyles. Through our unique contrasting technique, using one to 10 contrasting highlights, our stylists will update hairstyle according to personality, says Zouari.

InterCon gives final touches to Express by Holiday Inn
InterContinental Hotels Group, announced that the final touches are being made in preparation for the opening later this year of the first Express by Holiday Inn properties in the Middle East. The market is eagerly anticipating the introduction of the new brand – which will make its regional debut simultaneously in Dubai, Jeddah and Riyadh by the year 2006 – as InterContinental Hotels Group’s budget hotel concept has already proved exceptionally popular in trend-setting markets including the US and Europe. Designed and purpose-built for the price conscious business and leisure traveller, Express by Holiday Inn hotels have cornered the market by catering for short-term guests.

Radisson to manage Saudi property
Radisson SAS Hotels and Resorts, the first class brand of the leading hospitality company Rezidor SAS Hospitality, is set to manage a seventh property in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - the Radisson SAS Royal Suite Hotel in Jeddah, featuring 57 luxury suites, designed to the highest standards and luxuriously furnished. The one, two and three bedroomed suites, all with their own unique style in interior decoration, furniture and design feature spacious lounges, dining area and fully equipped kitchen. Facilities include an international restaurant and a coffee and tea lounge in the main lobby. For conferences and meetings, the hotel offers a business centre with two meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 100 attendees. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art health club with the latest sports equipment, steam room, Jacuzzi, sauna and a swimming pool.

Sheraton Miramar Resort wins honours
Sheraton Miramar Resort, El Gouna flag-ship hotel on the Red Sea, has recently been chosen as the Hotel of the Year 2004 over all Starwood hotels in the division of Europe, Africa & the Middle East. The Sheraton Miramar Resort had an overall 2004 performance and in particular in each of the major five key metrics measured for this special award, they were able to achieve the best all-around position and improvement in those metrics when those criteria combined together, says the hotel. In a relatively short period time, the management team in Sheraton Miramar has accomplished a tremendous turn-around in all aspects, especially in guest satisfaction Guest Satisfaction which scores now amongst the best in the AME Region as measured by a third party company.

Wilby: New approach key to success
Identifying new and fresh approaches to restaurant concepts is key to the long-term success of new hotels in Dubai, according to Pam Wilby, general manager of the upcoming Grosvenor House West Marina Beach by Le Meridien. Wilby pointed out that while the steady influx of tourists to the city meant that occupancy levels will remain healthy, a new hotel must also consider its position in the local market.“Fresh restaurant and bar concepts are crucial to ensure great ‘word of mouth’ in the local market,” said Wilby, who pointed out that the 13 new outlets at Grosvenor House had all been designed to fill an identified niche in the market. Leading the way is Buddha Bar, the Parisian-based outlet that made such a mark on the world that it spawned its own music-style. Grosvenor House will open the GCC’s first Buddha Bar in the summer.