Category: United Arab Emirates

Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, UAE

Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, UAE

One of the best three  Le Meridien hotels in the Middle East (according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Middle East Hotel Satisfaction Index Study), Al Aqah Beach Resort is going from strength to strength following its recent award of the title of Middle East’s Leading Beach Resort at the prestigious World Travel Awards
W Hotels are Dubai-bound

W Hotels are Dubai-bound

W Hotels, the self-professed “world’s fastest-growing luxury hotel brand”, has announced plans to build its first hotel in the Middle East. W Dubai Festival City, as it will be known, is scheduled to open in 2008.   The hotel will be situated on the banks of the Dubai Creek within the 245,000 square metre “Marsa

Beyond five stars

From last Sunday’s Observer newspaper: The Shangri-La hotel and resort chain claims to have now opened its first six-star hotel, the Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Muscat. The One&Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius made the same claim when it reopened after a £32m renovation in 2002, while the Burj Al Arab in Dubai
What's next for Dubai?

What's next for Dubai?

It seems Dubai has gone from strength to strength in recent years and Mobissimo Blog has a good summary of why  this lavish location  currently offers the best of the best when it comes to luxury travel. Let’s take a quick look: the world’s only 7-star (yes, S-E-V-E-N star!) hotel,  Jumeirah’s Burj Al Arab, complete
Top 10: Travelers' Choice luxury hotel winners

Top 10: Travelers' Choice luxury hotel winners

No need to take a chance on your next vacation. Pamper yourself at the 10 most luxurious hotels, as chosen by TripAdvisor travelers. 1.   Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong 2.   Mina A’ Salam at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai 3.   Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai 4.   Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest
Jumeirah restaurants

Jumeirah restaurants

Jumeirah – luxury hotel group and  operator of the famous  Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai – is looking to franchice its restaurant brands in order to expand internationally. Plans are expected to focus on pizza and pasta outlet Toscana, which currently has one outlet, and wine bar The Agency. Its Noodle House chain also
New luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi, UAE

New luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Three new luxury hotels are to be built in Abu Dhabi on the Gulf within the next two years. The  Al-Gurm Resort, scheduled to open in 2007,  will be created on an offshore island and  will have 161 suites and 59 luxury apartments, along with three restaurants, a lounge bar and several swimming pools. Secondly,
Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Laguna Tower Dubai

Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Laguna Tower Dubai

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts  and IFA Hotels & Resorts have agreed to  bring a 5-star branded hotel residence  to Dubai, U.A.E. It  will be the  first independent hotel investment project in the Middle East. The Mövenpick Hotel & Residence Laguna Tower Dubai is  expected to open in 2008 and will offer a total of 120
Giorgio Armani hotels in Dubai

Giorgio Armani hotels in Dubai

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has agreed to build as many as 30 luxury hotels with Dubai’s Emaar Properties, rather than the ten originally planned. The increase is said to be due to unexpected demand from investors. The Burj Dubai Tower, expected to be completed by 2008, will be the first hotel under the agreement,
Boost for Dubai Cruise Terminal

Boost for Dubai Cruise Terminal

Costa Crociere SpA, the leading cruise operator in Europe, will be offering cruises with departures from Dubai Cruise Terminal  starting from December 2006. The move by the  Italian group which operates the brands AIDA Cruises and Costa Crociere followed a series of official meetings in Dubai. The new cruises will be offered through the 2006/2007
New underwater hotel

New underwater hotel

The construction of  a $500 million underwater hotel in Dubai will start in the first quarter of this year. According to Uwe Hohmann of the Crescent Hydropolis Group, the financing of the development is almost finalised. Hotel prices are rumoured to reach some $3,000 per night but  have not yet been announced by the group.
The Leading Hotels of the World winter sun offers

The Leading Hotels of the World winter sun offers

There’s no need to shiver in chilly climates!   More than 40 members of The Leading Hotels of the World across Africa, Europe and the Middle East are offering heart-warming rates through the Leading Winter Sun program. For instance, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai has rates as low as AED 987 per room,
Between the Bridges, Abu Dhabi

Between the Bridges, Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and the Al Jaber Establishment today officially announced that their iconic joint venture project, Between the Bridges (BTB) – a complex comprising a five Star hotel, luxury villas, executive apartments and a full service retail and spa facility – is currently under construction in Abu Dhabi. The first phase
Arabian Travel Market 2006

Arabian Travel Market 2006

Leading international luxury hotels Arabella Sheraton, Sun International, Kwantu Private Game Reserve, Solimer Golf Resort & Spa, Le Passage To India, Leading Hotels of the World, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, and Raffles have already committed their participation at this year’s Arabian Travel Market, four months before the region’s premier travel
Angsana Resorts & Spa expand

Angsana Resorts & Spa expand

Angsana Resorts & Spa is spreading its wings to the Middle East and Asia. In the years to come, you can look forward to experiencing our unique blend of romance, rejuvenation and exotic sensuality in the following destinations: Angsana Spa Montgomerie Golf Club, Dubai (2006) Angsana City Club & Spa Crescat City, Sri Lanka (2006)
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Al Raha Beach Hotel – developed by the Abu Dhabi based Aldar Properties – in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi on the Dubai highway will not only be a landmark for the capital of UAE but also Dubai, the real estate hub of UAE. The hotel was opened last month with 110 rooms and 24