Round up: Around the GCC this January
We take a look at some of the region's hottest hospitality news
Dubai-based Jumeirah Group has signed a management agreement with Saraya Bandar Jissah SAOH to operate a luxury resort in Muscat, marking the group’s first property in the country.
Jumeirah will operate the 206-room and 106-room hotels at the Saraya Bandar Jissah project, which will include 400 residential properties, a 1,200m2 Talise spa, a dive centre, a range of sports and leisure facilities and restaurants, bars and cafes and a kids club.
Hilton Kuwait Resort launched its Royal Marquee at an inauguration gala dinner for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs gastronomy association. It is the only five star property in Kuwait to offer a Royal Marquee with a host of facilities and service offerings.
The 700m2 venue caters up to 550 people and provides an ideal location for exclusive events. Guests at the event enjoyed a seven-course menu prepared by executive chef Abdul Kader Yamout.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has unveiled two new KSA hotels. A 168-room mid-market Park Inn by Radisson Riyadh Olaya is due to open in Q1 2014, while the second hotel, the upper up-scale 160-room Radisson Blu Resort Jizan, is scheduled to open in Q1 of 2015.
Both properties are joint projects between Carlson Rezidor and the Saudi Arabian Al Hokair Group. The already open Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh will also undergo a renovation programme.
Dubai-based Time Hotels Management has opened its first Abu Dhabi property – the 72-key Time Pearl Residence, bringing the total number of properties managed by the group to eight.
Time Pearl Residence is situated close to downtown Abu Dhabi’s commercial hub. A second Abu Dhabi property under construction, Time Deluxe Hotel Corniche Apartments, is due to open in 2015 and will feature 262 studio and one-bedroom apartments.
Katara Hospitality has signed an agreement with Sphinex Hotels & Resorts to manage a new hotel in Doha under its Merweb brand. The hotel, which will be called Merweb Plaza Hotel, is expected to open in late 2014 and will be located in the city’s Al Sadd district.
The property, which hopes to attract business travellers, will comprise 175 rooms and suites as well as restaurants, meeting and banqueting space, and recreational facilities.
Bahrain is set to promote its MICE offerings at the upcoming Gulf Incentives, Business, Travel & Meetings Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, as interest in the country piques.
Bahrain recorded a 116% hike in the number of events held at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre in 2012, while the Exhibition & Convention Authority said the BAD 1.6 million (US $4.25 million) revenue it posted in 2012 represented a 34% increase on 2011 figures.