December 2014, Issue: 12 Volume: 32

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People & Places

  • The Westin and Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre’s associates joined together at Al Malkiya Beach in the northern municipality to clean the communal beach.
  • City Centre Fujairah was at the pulse of the community as Arab superstar Diana Haddad dazzled the crowd with a one-hour performance. Singing a mix of new and old favourites, the Lebanese songstress enthralled the crowds with her soothing romantic ballads and rhythmic Khaleeji songs.
  • Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche has opened Bakery Corner by Sofitel, offering a variety of fresh bread and rolls, French croissants, pastries, sandwiches, take away breakfast and birthday cakes. Dr Mansour Turaif, managing director and Ahmed Khalifa, director for hotels division of Reisco, owning company of Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, cut the ribbon during the official ceremony.
  • Best Western had its regional meeting and general manager orientation held at the Best Western Plus the Olive in Juffair. The owners, the management team from three hotels in Bahrain, along with participation from two hotels in Saudi and two from Kuwait attended the two days conference. The chain is expanding rapidly within the Middle East region and currently has 198 hotels under the franchise/management agreement in Asia/the Middle east. The Hawar Resort in Hawar Island owned by VKL Group is the new addition to the Best Western family in the Middle East.
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Emirates Airline announced a new partnership providing reciprocal benefits to Starwood Preferred Guest and Emirates Skywards members. The programme, Your World Rewards, allows SPG and Skywards elite members who register for the programme, to elevate their earnings and benefits when they fly with Emirates or stay with SPG Participating Hotels.
  • Theatrical and traditional Japanese dining experience Inakaya has made its debut in the UAE Capital as part of the Venetian Village at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.
  • Jordan officially broke the Guinness World Record last month for the largest floating image of the ‘peace’ sign. Live footage of the country’s main touristic attractions can be viewed on the Jordan Tourism website in collaboration with EarthCam.
  • Issam AbdulRahim Kazim, chief executive officer of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, inaugurates the new Jumeirah Town Centre branch of Al Fanar Restaurant, which offers traditional Emirati cuisine.
  • Laundry attendant, Hezron Jeremiah Onyango, was awarded runner up in the Unsung Hero category at the recent Hotelier Middle East Awards. Onyango displayed incredible kindness when he parted with an entire month’s salary last year to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, and no one knew about it until the accounts team brought it up. Some credit is also due to his employer, InterContinental Doha The City, for acknowledging his benevolence.

  • Kinan Al Ghraoui, general manager, Villa, Rihab and Rimal Rotana, in Dubai was awarded the Hotelier Middle East corporate social responsibility champion of the year hot on the heels of being announced the winner of Rotana Earth 2013. He is credited with various initiatives spanning environmental awareness, supporting children with special needs and hosting blood donation drives.


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