Saturday, December 16, 2017

People & Places

ibis Dubai Deira City Centre announced reaching the one million mark of perfectly made beds last month. In commemoration of this achievement, the hotel will be holding its first ever The Art of Housekeeping event, a five-day programme, which featured a range of activities and best practices in housekeeping.



Sheraton Bahrain Hotel was awarded Bahrain’s Leading Business Hotel 2017 at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony on October 29, 2017. The award was presented to Cristalyn Pastrana, director of marketing for Sheraton Bahrain Hotel. The hotel has won this title for five consecutive years now since 2013. Graham Cooke, president and founder of World Travel Awards, is seen here presenting the award to Pastrana.



Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah and GEMS Westminster School have launched programme where children between the ages of 8 and 13 will work in a five-star hotel for a half-day shift as concierge, sous chef, front office agent or waiter. They will have their own hotel uniforms, wear nametags and start a training programme to learn the basics of working in a hotel. The new recruits will shadow senior team members throughout the day, which will end with an interview with the general manager and a Waldorf Astoria certificate to take home. The first batch of students is already out and with their certificate.



Plaj, the chic beachside restaurant at the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray resort unlocks its doors to new Mediterranean offerings, from the kitchen to the menus and the venue itself. With an a la carte menu of over 35 new delicacies, Plaj has also introduced unique offerings that include hand tossed sour dough pizzas prepared in a wood fire oven, and more.



Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, which opened in January this year, has recently won the award of Best City Hotel Turkey and Best City Hotel Europe, while achieving The International Five-Star Hotel Standard in the recently concluded International Hotel Awards. A new icon for the vibrant Mecidiyeköy district, Fairmont Quasar sits at a crossroads in Istanbul – where eclectic neighbourhood bazaars and colourful side streets meet modern shopping centres and commercial properties. 



Though one may be expected to spend copious amounts of time in or around the water when holidaying in the Maldives, Huvafen Fushi takes this to a whole new level with the World’s First Underwater Spa. Huvafen Spa is submerged and immersed in the underwater world of the Male Atoll where tropical fish flit and weave through the currents whilst you are soothed by the healing hands of the experienced therapists. In order to deepen the relaxation, guests are invited to enter the world below the surface and let Huvafen wrap you in healing arms, soothed by healing hands.



The Royal Opera House Muscat recently featured Gioachino Rossini’s wonderfully comic opera, L’Occasione fa Il Ladro (Opportunity Makes a Thief). This delightfully funny, beautifully sung tale of identity theft and mixed-up romantic rivals reflects the vividly humorous music and engaging plots, for which Rossini is famed.  



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