Category: Middle East

Large tents at luxury Doha hotels for Ramadan

Large tents at luxury Doha hotels for Ramadan

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from sunrise  until sunset. However, once night falls, they make up for that abstinence, and restaurants, hotels, cafes and especially Bedouin tents brim with activity. Qatar’s Sheraton Doha has erected a huge Bedouin-style air-conditioned tent overlooking a lagoon. Not wishing to be outdone, The Doha Marriott […]

Another Jumeirah hotel in London

Another Jumeirah hotel in London

Jumeirah – the government-owned  operator behind the infamous Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai – is to manage a third hotel in London. The hotel will be part of a £600m, 180-metre high, glass  tower (Beetham Tower)  on the south bank of the River Thames, at Southwark. Jumeirah already manages Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah […]

Dubai's Leading Golf Resort

Dubai’s Leading Golf Resort

Enjoy your golf?   Love Dubai?   Then next time you’re there don’t miss The Montgomerie Dubai  golf resort. With  a course covering more than 200 acres, its own academy and facilities second to none, it’s perhaps little wonder that this wonderful resort recently acquired the title of Dubai’s Leading Golf Resort at World Travel […]

World Travel Awards for Marriott in Jordan

World Travel Awards for Marriott in Jordan

Jordan’s Leading Hotel is the  Amman Marriott Hotel, and Jordan’s Leading Resort is the  Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa.   The two Marriott properties  enjoyed recent success at the World Travel Awards which are now in their 13th year and are based on the votes cast by more than 150,000 travel professionals.

Etihad Airways celebrating at World Travel Awards 2006

Etihad Airways celebrating at World Travel Awards 2006

It couldn’t get much better for Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE. Not only have they won the World’s Leading New Airline for the third year on the trot, but they’ve also scooped up the award for World’s Leading Flat-bed Seat at the 13th World Travel Awards. Their Diamond Seat which I  blogged […]

New Royal Tulip brand from Golden Tulip Hospitality

New Royal Tulip brand from Golden Tulip Hospitality

According to news just in, Golden Tulip Hospitality are introducing a new luxury brand.   The Royal Tulip, as it will be known, will be a five-star brand and be first introduced to Amsterdam, Berlin, Casablanca, Mirbat and Dallas TX.   Golden Tulip Hotels and Golden Tulip Resorts will continue to cater for the four […]

Essence of Shangri-La

Essence of Shangri-La

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has introduced a signature “Essence of Shangri-La” scent in the lobbies of selected Shangri-La hotels and resorts in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. The scent is fresh and clean, subtly Asian, and is said to evoke sensations of serenity and calm. The delicate aroma has […]

Portable GPS for hotel guests

Portable GPS for hotel guests

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is the latest luxury hotel to follow the growing trend of providing their guests with portable GPSs.   It’s already done in the US by the Rosewood Hotel Group (that’s New York’s The Carlyle, Dallas’ The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Hotel Crescent Court) who provide  Garmin’s iQue M3 device. Times are […]

Qatar’s first five-star golf and spa hotel

In 2009 Qatar will welcome its first five-star golf and spa hotel thanks to a deal between Taj Hotels and Resorts and Palaces and Qatar Sports Investment Company. The development  will be at the Doha Golf Club, the only PGA standard 18-hole golf course in Qatar, and will be called the Taj Exotica Golf and […]

Massage seats on select Emirates flights

Massage seats on select Emirates flights

In addition to fine dining, wine and a 19″ entertainment screen, travellers on Emirates‘ business class service between New York and Dubai will soon be welcoming a new luxury – flat bed massage seats. An ad campaign for the seats was launched in the US this week with the service scheduled to start on 1st […]

Arabian-Wings

Arabian-Wings

In a project initiated by the consulting company AaS-International AG, a business class flight service called Arabian-Wings will commence operations early next year. Flights will operate between Ras al Khaimah International Airport (in the United Arab Emirates) and Germany, with just 48 seats available.   It’ll be interesting to follow their progress as they will […]

The Palm Jumeirah welcomes first residents

The Palm Jumeirah welcomes first residents

The first of Dubai’s long-awaited, three palm-shaped islands is finally about to get its first residents.  The Palm Jumeirah, a 12-square-mile island group, is part of what’s billed as the largest land-reclamation project in the world,  and is the culmination of  five years of brute hauling of millions of tons of Persian Gulf sand and […]

Oberoi to build luxury hotel in Dubai

Oberoi to build luxury hotel in Dubai

East India Hotels Ltd. has signed an agreement for a 250-room Oberoi  luxury hotel and 40 service apartments in Dubai, at an investment of $100 million. The hotel will be near the  Burj  and is expected to open in early 2009. Meanwhile, it’s also rumoured that the brand also has plans for a presence in […]

Muscat's Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Muscat’s Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat, Oman,  is set against a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains overlooking the Gulf of Oman. This five-star  complex is set in 124 acres of beautiful scenery and comprises three hotels (Al Waha, Al Bandar, and Al Husn),  6 main  restaurants, two  bars, a nightclub, a […]

A year of island hopping: December

A year of island hopping: December

This is post twelove of twelve  and so concludes  our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For December, the following are recommended: Bay of Islands, New Zealand: Cliff Edge by the Sea Cyprus: Hilton Cyprus and The […]

O Property Collection

O Property Collection

The owners of the Magic Life Group, one of Europe’s most well-loved ‘high end’ travel and property groups have announced the launch of the O Property Collection. The new venture will be focused on unparalleled service, luxury accommodation and facilities. The flagship development for the company is set to open in 2008 on the private […]