In Brief

ME Dubai welcomes guests

THE five-star ME Dubai has officially opened its doors on March 1. Designed by the world-renowned late architect, Dame Zaha Hadid, ME Dubai will take residence in The Opus by Omniyat building, located in the heart of the Burj Khalifa district in Dubai – the latest outstanding addition to Dubai’s iconic skyline.

This is the first and last hotel where the Iraqi-British architect has designed both the exterior and interior of the hotel, making ME Dubai her legacy project.

The hotel boasts 74 rooms and 19 suites (including the Passion Suite, Personality Suite, Vibe Room and the ultra-luxurious ‘ME Suite’). With awe-inspiring originality, Hadid’s design reinvents the balance between solid and void, opaque and transparent, interior and exterior.

The property will feature signature furniture throughout the lobby, lounges and reception areas, all of which was either designed or personally selected by Zaha Hadid. Guests and visitors can choose from three owned F&B outlets, including Central, the Refuel & Relax pool bar and The Opus Studio.


Movenpick unveils Phu Quoc Island resort

MÖVENPICK Hotels & Resorts has unveiled an exciting new address in Vietnam. Mövenpick Resort Waverly Phu Quoc is the first international premium resort to open along Phu Quoc’s idyllic Ong Lang Beach, and is poised to become the destination of choice for family adventures, company trips, dream weddings, romantic honeymoons, and more. The hotel features 305 guestrooms, while the adjacent Mövenpick Residences Phu Quoc offers 329 apartment-style residences and 79 pool villas, perfect for families or extended stays.

Movenpick’s rich culinary legacy is evident in the extraordinary dining experiences available in the hotel’s restaurants and bars, including a beach club perched on the golden sands of Ong Lang Beach. Open for both guests and visitors, Aura Beach Club features a sunken pool bar, a delectable Asian Tapas menu, creative mixology, daily sunset ritual and exciting entertainment. Other culinary delights at the hotel include international cuisine and alive cooking station at The Islander Restaurant; Vietnamese favourites and seafood at Lang Chai.


Kerten Hospitality plans Cloud7 Residence

SPECIALIST mixed-use operator Kerten Hospitality has signed a management agreement with Ayla Oasis Development Company to open the Cloud7 Residence Ayla Aqaba this summer in Jordan.

Cloud7 Residence is a contemporary mid-market aparthotel concept and a unique destination for the next generation of traveller, with iconic buildings and boutique surroundings coupled with social spaces and state-of-the-art technology providing a modern, efficient and well-designed environment for guests.

Ayla Oasis is a game-changing waterfront development situated along Jordan’s Red Sea coast, Aqaba. As an exclusive, mixed-use development, Ayla presents a thoughtfully considered mix of residential, touristic, commercial, and entertainment offerings, creating a well-balanced and dynamic community.

With direct access to the sea and some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the world, Ayla is just five minutes away from Aqaba city – the nearest and easiest access point to Petra and Wadi Rum – and 10 minutes from the King Hussein International Airport.


Muriya starts work on Hawana Salalah hotel

MURIYA, Oman’s largest private integrated tourism developer has started construction of a new 400-key branded five-star hotel in Hawana Salalah, its flagship destination in the Governorate of Dhofar. With the completion of this milestone and the first phase of the hotel opening in December 2020, Muriya once again reiterates its position as the largest private contributor to the development of four and five-star hotels in Oman.

The new hotel will offer 400 deluxe guestrooms and suites with state-of-the-art architecture and interior designs; incorporating multiple themes throughout the property.


Expected opening dates and growth projections mentioned within these pages, though correct at the time of going to press, are likely to be affected by the ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic.