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Louvre Abu Dhabi set to open in November

By TravelSmart Bureau Abu Dhabi is set to open its prestigious Louvre Abu Dhabi  museum on Novermbe 11, the result of an unprecedented inter-governmental agreement that kick-started the project over a decade ago. The much-anticipated announcement was made to the world’s media by the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s director, Manuel Rabaté, and Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, […]

Hospitality

Al Ghurair launches Swissotel with Accor

 UAE-based conglomerate Al Ghurair announced  a partnership with AccorHotels to launch the upper-upscale Swissôtel and Swissôtel Living in the Al Ghurair Centre. With over 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as over 2,500 of private homes around the globe under the AccorHotels banner, this reflag marks Swissôtel’s first entry into the UAE market. Known […]

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World’s biggest clam shell comes to Dubai

A passionate environmentalist who transforms his archaeological discoveries into luxury goods is looking to find a Dubai hotel to become home to his most spectacular find yet: ‘the world’s biggest giant clam shell’, which he’s crafted into a SINK. Marine conservationist Volker Bassen is bringing the 180,000-year-old fossil and its pearl, one of the rarest […]

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American Airlines ends codeshare with Etihad and Qatar Airways

American Airlines said it has notified Etihad and Qatar Airways that it was ending the codeshare arrangement with the two Gulf carriers. The announcement puts in perspective certain statements by Qatar Airways CEO  Akbar Al-Baker some time back  criticising the U.S. airlines and its flight attendants. American Airlines has however, clarified that the decision was based […]

Hospitality

First Park Regis Hotel to open in Bahrain

TS Bureau Bahrain: International hotel brand Park Regis is opening Bahrain’s first Park Regis Hotel in the Juffair district of Manama in the 3rd Quarter of 2017. With 164 guest rooms, six food and beverage outlets including a 1,000-capacity ballroom, swimming pool and gym, this upscale hotel is the perfect introduction to the Bahrain market […]

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Thailand announces Women Journey campaign

By TS Desk Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced the reintroduction of its Women’s Journey Thailand campaign offering a range of activities, special deals, discounts and privileges in Thailand during the month of August. According to the latest statistics of international arrivals to the kingdom, the growth of female travellers has risen significantly over the […]

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Royal Caribbean offers signature service

By TravelSmart  Desk As Royal Caribbean’s latest luxury liner, the Symphony of the Seas departs her dry dock to commence fit-out ready for her 2018 maiden voyage, Royal Caribbean continues to honour the traditions of cruising, with services and cabins that are reminiscent of golden age of ocean-going liners. Spectacular vistas, whether gazing out over […]

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European airlines rebrand association

By TravelSmart Bureau LOT Polish Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and the 16 members of the International Air Carrier Association (IACA) have officially transformed the association into the Airlines International Representation in Europe “AIRE” that will offer airlines a more effective representation, information and access to the European institutions. The strong membership of AIRE […]

Hospitality

Five Holdings breaks up with Viceroy

By TravelSmart  Bureau Viceroy Hotels and Resorts will no longer operate its Palm Jumeirah property. The hotel has been taken over by Five Holding’s Kabir Mulchandani less than three months after opening its doors on March 31, 2017. It has dropped the Viceroy brand from its hotel projects in the UAE. Reasons for the termination of […]

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Oman waterfront to be redeveloped into lifestyle destination

‘Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront’ in Oman is being redeveloped into a $1 billion integrated tourist port and lifestyle destination that includes hotels, residences, as well as a dining, retail and leisure offering. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of DAMAC Properties, and Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for […]