The seventh annual Hotel Show, held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, took place last month in a climate of soaring demand for hospitality sector products. Around 700 exhibitors from over 40 countries took part in the show, hoping to capitalise on the region’s burgeoning hospitality industry with Abu Dhabi and Dubai contributing 30,000 new hotel rooms over the next five years.
“International Trade Fair for carpets and floor coverings gets off to a flying start, with outstanding results ... from the moment its gates opened, the inaugural Domotex Middle East in Dubai was a complete success,” trumpets the Domotex Middle East website. In truth, however, there appeared to be mixed feelings among exhibitors.
The battle between the region’s car rental companies is hotting up as they compete for agent and consumer business this summer. All of the UAE’s leading car hire providers are offering special rates both locally and internationally and are aggressively promoting these offers via e-mail, newspaper and radio campaigns.
The Savoy Hotel Apartments, the flagship hotel of the Savoy group of hotel apartments situated in central Bur Dubai, is undergoing an intensive renovation, which started on June 15 and is expected to last two months.
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and Intel have opened the Energy Competency Laboratory in Dhahran. The lab, located in KFUPM and a part of Dhahran Technology Valley, will lay the foundation for a specialised centre in oil, gas and petrochemicals applications and software.
Dubai-based IT infrastructure management specialist, eHosting DataFort is extending its reach into Europe through a strategic partnership with Schnabel, a Frankfurt-based engineering firm specialising in data centre planning and security concepts.