THE WORLD FROM THE SKY: On January 13 2007, ArabianBusiness.com in a world exclusive published the first photograph of The World islands in Dubai following their completion after five years of development. The last rock for the project was placed on the 27-kilometre breakwater which surrounds The World, 300 man -made islands off the coast of Dubai, on January 10, marking the completion of the first phase of one of the world\'s most exclusive real estate development projects. ArabianBusiness.com will be publishing a prestigious multimedia special report about the project in February. (January 2008, ArabianBusiness.com)
A few months after buying FRHI Hotels & Resorts from investors including Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding, AccorHotels CEO Sébastien Bazin denies the hotel management firm is growing too fast. In fact, he intends to pick up the pace – especially in the GCC.