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Interview: Qatar's tourism chief Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Interview: Qatar's tourism chief Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

It may be late to the party in attracting international tourists, but Qatar Tourism Authority chairman Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi says the industry is vital as the country looks to diversify its economy

Lap of luxury: FRHI Int'l president Jennifer Fox

Lap of luxury: FRHI Int'l president Jennifer Fox

The hotel giant that runs the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands is putting its faith in the Middle East. But, as FRHI International president Jennifer Fox says, its focus will remain in the five-star bracket

Interview: Bahrain restauranteur Roaya Saleh

Interview: Bahrain restauranteur Roaya Saleh

Bahraini restaurateur Roaya Saleh is the founder of Villa Mamas and is carrying the flag for the local cuisine with ambitious plans to expand across the world

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Five minutes with: Rita Gilligan, Hard Rock Cafe's oldest employee

Five minutes with: Rita Gilligan, Hard Rock Cafe's oldest employee

The 72 year old talks about her experiences since the first restaurant opened in 1971 and what her latest role as culture attache involves

A spa with a difference

A spa with a difference

Standing out in the crowded Dubai spa marketplace is never easy. We speak to Moira Pirzad about how her business, De La Mer Day Spa, offers something different to those looking for some personal pampering

Women’s travel group is flying high

Women’s travel group is flying high

Passionate travel fan Paulomi Bhatt explains why and how she launched women-only travel platform The World at her Feet

Interview: Saudi Arabia's Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair

Interview: Saudi Arabia's Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair

Dubbed ‘the sheikh of Gulf tourism’, Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair has been running hotels and entertainment centres for nearly half a century. In an exclusive interview, the owner of the Al Hokair Group says the firm is ratcheting up its expansion plan in light...

Reach for the stars

Reach for the stars

Marriott International has just opened the tallest hotel in the western hemisphere and the first double decker hotel in the US. It’s also the model for a roll-out of dual pack Courtyard and Residence Inn hotels and an example of how strong brands can...

Interview: Rotana's Selim El Zyr

Interview: Rotana's Selim El Zyr

It’s all change at Rotana this year, with co-founder Selim El Zyr stepping down from his role as CEO after 21 years. Here, he reflects on a lifetime dedicated to hospitality, how he’s signed close to 100 hotels and why his successor has the drive, energy...

Success at her fingertips: Shabana Karim

Success at her fingertips: Shabana Karim

Founder and owner of The Nail Spa, Shabana Karim, tells StartUp how she has been able to grow her business to be a leading light in the region’s beauty industry

First past the post

First past the post

As the first major government-backed project to be launched since 2007, the Saraya Bandar Jissah resort project near Muscat will be a true litmus test for how well Oman’s real estate market has recovered from the 2008 downturn. CEO Sheikh Hamood Bin Sultan...

Interview: Marriott's MidEast boss Alex Kyriakidis

Interview: Marriott's MidEast boss Alex Kyriakidis

Leading hotelier Marriott International is planning to more than triple its presence in the Middle East and Africa over the next seven years. Regional boss Alex Kyriakidis explains how


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