Dubai hotel sector upgrades services to attract new visitors
The hotel industry in Dubai is evolving to cater for young “millennial” travellers who want to explore and dine on a budget, industry experts have said.
While still known for its palatial properties and lavish settings, delegates at The Hotel Show Dubai said the emirate is moving towards a catering for a much broader range of visitor.
Ray Tinston, Portfolio Director at dmg events, the organisers of this year’s show, said: “We’re looking at where hospitality is moving – and it’s not about the traditional restaurants you see around town.
“There’s food trucks, there’s food markets, there’s people coming to the market with unusual ingredients and unusual ideas about food service.
“The food trucks and pop-up restaurants and restaurants in shipping containers are all part of this revolution in hospitality. We’re trying to show that through some of our installations.”
A colourful collection of makeshift food trucks are among the exhibits sprawling across the floors of the hotel show, which continues today and tomorrow at Dubai World Trade Centre.
UAE exports tipped to hit Dhs1.3 trillion this year
The value of the UAE’s exports of goods and services is on the rise, the Ministry of Economy (MoE) has said.
News agency WAM reported that the MoE is predicting that exports will top Dhs1.3 trillion for 2016 – up from by Dhs1.25 trillion in 2015.
The prediction came in a report issued by the ministry on the development of foreign trade for the second quarter, ending June 2016.
The quarterly report, includes details on the expected developments of UAE foreign trade, WAM reported.
Driverless vehicle test at Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in collaboration with Emaar Properties, has started a trial run of an autonomous 10-seater car at the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.
Shuttling over a 700metre-long track, the driverless vehicle is produced by Easy Mile/Omnix Company to travel short distances over pre-programmed routes in multi-use environments.
The vehicle travels on virtual routes, which can easily be reset to accommodate sudden changes as required. It is fitted with all safety requisites and controls specifying its planned route.
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Dhs600 million redevelopment for City Centre Ajman
Developer Majid Al Futtaim has announced a Dhs600 million redevelopment of City Centre Ajman that will see the mall almost double in size.
The firm said in its announcement on Tuesday that the expanded mall, which is anticipated for completion in the third quarter of 2017, will feature 150 retail and dining outlets.
The project is estimated to involve the creation of 500 new jobs, the firm said, alongside work on the the Al Zahia master-planned community and mall in Sharjah, as well as the redevelopment of City Centre Sharjah.
95.4% rise in passenger traffic at Dubai World Central
Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central (DWC) increased by more than 95 per cent in the first half of 2016, according to a report issued by Dubai Airports.
The first six months of the year saw passenger traffic reach a total of 410,278, up 95.4 per cent compared to 209,989 passengers recorded during the corresponding period in 2015. Passenger traffic at DWC is mainly driven by flydubai that operates 35 weekly flights to five destinations from DWC. The airline will increase its weekly flights from DWC for the upcoming winter schedule.
McGettigan's opens new branch in Madinat Jumeirah
McGettigan’s has opened its fourth branch in Dubai at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Sequiem.
McGettigan’s Madinat Jumeirah is the latest venture of the group, who launched McGettigan’s in Fulham, London, in July as well as an entirely new concept, Warehouse Bar + Kitchen in Donegal, Ireland last month as well.
Dennis McGettigan, McGettigan Group CEO, said: “We are excited to launch McGettigan’s pub at Madinat Jumeirah and bring our famous Irish hospitality to an area that is known for top-class dining.”
McGettigan’s Madinat Jumeirah is located at the site formerly known as Frioul restaurant.
Dubai's Palm Jumeirah to get dine-in cinema
Reel cinemas will be opening a five-screen luxury movie and entertainment centre at The Pointe.
The cinema will be in the Dhs800 million waterfront dining and leisure destination on Palm Jumeirah.
Reel Cinemas at The Pointe will be a boutique offering featuring a movie theatre within a restaurant. It offers a new cinema experience with the latest in audio-visual technology, ergonomic seating and personalised service.
Omar Khoory, Director, Nakheel Retail, said: “Our partnership with Reel Cinemas reflects our vision for The Pointe: to bring Palm Jumeirah alive with a vibrant destination that offers Dubai’s residents and tourists the very best in dining and entertainment.”
Maitha Al Dossari, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Entertainment, the operator of Reel Cinemas, said: “We are further expanding the Reel Cinemas footprint through strategic partnerships.”
Opening date announced for Dubai Parks and Resorts
More than 16,000 workers are putting the final touches to the Dubai Parks and Resorts entertainment park, which will include LEGOLAND and MOTIONGATE.
The resort announced on Thursday that it will open on October 31 with 900,000 people expected to enter through the gates in the first two months.
This destination will be comprised of three theme parks – Bollywood Parks Dubai, MOTIONGATE Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai, together with LEGOLAND Water Park.
It will also include Riverland Dubai, a themed retail, dining, and entertainment experience, along with the Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed family resort.
2,400 hotel rooms to open in Abu Dhabi in 2016
A report has revealed that 2,400 new hotel rooms will open in Abu Dhabi throughout 2016.
According to the Abu Dhabi Hotel Market Summary report by JLL, 200 rooms opened in Q2 2016 with the soft opening of the Four Seasons on Al Maryah Island in May, and an additional 2,200 rooms are forecast to be added to the market by the end of the year.
It is predicted that hotel room supply in Abu Dhabi is “expected to reach almost 26,000 rooms by the end of 2019”.