On Tuesday, Abu Dhabi's new hotel rating system was unveiled with Emirates Palace. With this launch, it has become the first hotel to put up its new 'five star' plaque.
A star rating, ranging from one to five, was allotted to all the hotels. The rating vastly depended on the facilities and service provided by the hotels and a rating of five means the best. The hotel apartments were graded as standard, superior or deluxe.
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels, leading hospitality major, has announced that it is searching options to establish five new properties in the UAE by fiscal 2012.
The sources informed that the move would enhance company's presence in the country to 11 hotels.
The sources further informed that in the first half of coming year, three hotels out of the five new hotels will be established in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while the other two hotels would be set up in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, and will be kicked off within two fiscals.
It has appeared that Dubai World and MGM Mirage, the hotel and leisure complex, is mulling to undertake a hiring spree for 12,000 staff, four months after the CityCenter project in Las Vegas was saved from bankruptcy by its shareholders.
The company explained this recruitment drive for jobs at ARIA Resort and Casino, Vdara Hotel and Crystal's retail district as the single largest hiring effort in the nation. The jobs include space for bartenders, cooks, prop handlers, slot operators and manicurists.
According to the August 2009 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report, UAE is home to nearly 50% of the hotel development pipeline for the Middle East/Africa (MEA).
The total pipeline includes 468 hotels comprising 126,464 rooms, out of which 59,543 rooms (47%) are located in the UAE.
The second largest number of rooms in the pipeline was recorded by Saudi Arabia, accounting for 11,110.
For the first time, local hospitality group Jumeirah Group is venturing into North Africa, after signing an agreement with SGTM Immobilier to supervise a luxury golf and polo resort in Morocco.
The resort is situated seven kilometers south of Marrakech; and it is planned to open in three stages from January 2013.
The whole resort will extend over 177 hectares, with the Atlas Mountains as the backdrop.
Kuwait-based company Al-Nukhba has received an order worth $35 million to build a hotel at Basra International Airport in Iraq.
Sources reported that the hotel will be established according to the international Holiday Inn standards, and include 4 restaurants, swimming pools, meeting halls, a movie theatre and a business centre.
The project is scheduled to be completed in next 8 months.
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