August 2014, Issue: 8 Volume: 32

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  • Al Safir Hotel and Tower has successfully completed its Six Sigma project, becoming one of the first four-star hotels in Bahrain to apply this international methodology. This consultancy project was supported by Tamkeen, and initiated by the executive management under the leadership of managing director Hameed Halwachi.
  • Centro Sharjah hosted 100 people for an Iftar feast in the Old People House in the emirate. This is the second time in a row that Centro Sharjah is supporting this centre for senior people.

  • Ramada Downtown Dubai played host to a group of agents from Natalie Tours, the premier Russia and CIS tour operator that brings in more than 250,000 tourists annually to the UAE. The agents were in Dubai for a familiarisation trip that included lunch and a tour of the Ramada Downtown Dubai.
  • Leading hotel chain Rotana’s Annual Conference and Awards, held at Al Ain Rotana, recognised the work of exemplary employees through its Guest Service Champions awards. The special occasion honoured Rotana colleagues, who have achieved notable success in their roles or who have gone above and beyond their call of professional duty. The accomplishments of Rotana’s various hotels, the hard work of the general managers and the special efforts of the Guest Service Champions were all celebrated at the event, which was marked with presentations, awards and speeches.
  • The Residence Inn by Marriott Manama Juffair team dedicated a few hours cleaning up the surroundings of the hotel. The associates of the Bahrain property, led by the general manager Michel Sursock, equipped with gloves, rakes, brooms and shovels, volunteered to create a good first impression for guests and visitors.
  • As part of its ongoing commitment to the Holy Month of Ramadan, Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi celebrated its fifth annual ‘Iftar for Cabs’ initiative along with more than 40 participating Starwood hotels in the Middle East. “The hard work from fasting taxi drivers is truly appreciable, especially during this hot summer,” general manager Shaun Parsons commented.
  • Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha observed the ‘Celebrate Service Week’ to recognise the hard work put in by their colleagues. The worldwide initiative propounded by the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) to cheer employees up was all about interacting as one family and building lasting relationships, said Zamir Abbasi, director of human resources and training.
  • Teams from the six InterContinental Hotels in Lebanon gathered at Amethyste pool and lounge at Phoenicia Beirut before starting their promotional Beirut city tour to support Live Love Lebanon – a global summer leisure campaign launched by the Lebanon Ministry of Tourism. Live Love Lebanon focuses on the destination’s perfect summer season for short breaks or longer stays.

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