In Brief


Four Seasons Doha in top 100
THE 232-room Four Seasons Hotel Doha, the city's landmark hotel in the heart of the West Bay Complex, has been voted as one of the Best 100 New Hotels in the World for 2006, by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, one of the world’s leading travel publications.

The hotel’s internationally acclaimed spa and wellness centre has received rave reviews from both guests and industry insiders was also named one of the World’s Hot New Spas for 2006.

CA goes direct in Egypt
CA, one of the world's largest IT management software companies has launched a direct presence in Egypt with a partner showcase for its protection software solutions at the Cairo Marriott Hotel. The event focused on the latest CA Protection Suites r2.0 for SMB customers, providing channel partners with interactive demonstrations on the suite’s functionality and key benefits. CA also unveiled its corporate Integrated Threat Management r8 (ITMr8) security solution which provides comprehensive and scalable protection against viruses, malware, spyware, rootkits, blended threats, and other forms of malicious code. The Protection Suites r2.0 is a fully integrated backup, antivirus, antispyware, and desktop migrator solution with a ‘single install’ and a ‘single console’, eliminating complications resulting from the installation of multiple software applications.

The Better Homes alternative
LEADING Dubai realtor Better Homes has launched a short-term renting scheme that offers gorgeous properties in key locales, for a period of stay that suits guests’ needs best – a few days or a few months. Under the short-term rental scheme, guests can avail of Better Homes’ ready-to-live-in, self-catering apartments and villas. The company has a number of executive properties situated in prime locations with basic facilities within reach.
Better Homes is also looking for landlords seeking to lease out their properties.

Savoy Apartment in renovation
THE Savoy Hotel Apartments, which is the flagship hotel of the Savoy group of Hotel Apartments situated in central Bur Dubai, is to undergo a total renovation over a period of two months. It will see the Savoy Hotel Apartments reposition itself as a deluxe hotel apartment property in the market.
Says group general manager D Dominic, “In today’s scenario where the hotel apartments have become a very popular option with both the business and leisure coming into Dubai, it is very important that we are clued on to the needs of our guests and their changing requirements to stay one step ahead of the competition and this entire exercise of renovating the Savoy Hotel Apartments is precisely a step in that direction”. While the Savoy Hotel Apartments is under renovation, the other two hotel apartments of the group namely Savoy Park and Savoy Crest will be operational and will continue to receive guests.

Moevenpick Doha is Special
THE Mövenpick Hotel Doha has recently been accepted as a member of Special Hotels of the World, a privately owned, global luxury marketing alliance for the world’s specialist hotels that is headquartered in the UK. Special Hotels of the World offers sales and marketing opportunities for unique, interesting, city centre and resort properties that offer excellent facilities and services in the premium sector of the hospitality marketplace. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to exceptional hotels within recognised niche lifestyle markets. Special Hotels of the World represents over 65 of the world’s specialist hotels and resorts.