United Arab Emirates

Close encounter
The launch of four new aquariums has signalled an emerging trend for the region's attractions industry. Leisure Manager delves deep to reveal the rise of the edutainment era.
Bottling up the hotel's responsibility
Dubai may have a reputation for being a 'party city', but hoteliers need to be careful of the consequences of this image.
Indian leisure group joins Middle East
Leisure infrastructure company The Country Club has purchased its first property in the Middle East, taking over the former Chelsea Hotel in Bur Dubai.
Layia debuts first full service property
Layia Hospitality is set to debut its first full-service property at the end of summer, the 161-unit Layia Oak Hotel and Residence in Dubai.
Habtoor: Independence not restrictive
The expansion of hotel group Habtoor Hotels will not compromise the appeal of the independent UAE brand's original properties, according to the group's chief executive.
Timeshare vs hotels
New legislation has seen a number of timeshare developments get off the starting block this year. But what does this mean for existing hotel operators? Sarah Campbell looks at the upcoming resort projects and how this could impact hotel profits in new ?timeshare friendly' destinations.
Watering your profits
With experts agreeing that wet areas are essential spa facilities, the next stage is to establish how they should best be implemented and utilised to maximise revenues.
Four new flavours for The Taste Department
The Taste Department, part of the Jumeirah Group, has signed a license agreement with TECOM Investment that will see four restaurants open at the Dubai Outsource Zone in September.
Size matters at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Go West, the Wild West-themed casual dining outlet at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, has introduced a gut-busting 7kg cheeseburger to its menu.
A measured ascent
A buzz has been building around Qatar as a business hub, but is there any broader tourism potential?

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