In Brief

Sofitel Abu Dhabi undergoes technical makeover

The iconic Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche has been transformed into a hi-tech safe haven for all travellers and guests.

The rooms and suites have undergone an extensive makeover with cutting edge automation. At the core of the new enhancement is the voice-activated automation of the rooms and suites powered by Google Hub. Turning on or off the lights or the opening or closing the curtains now is as simple as it can be. Simply say "Open the curtains", and almost by magic, the curtains draw themselves open. In addition, a wealth of information and a wide variety of tools and features are always conveniently 'on hand'.

The hotel, in partnership with PressReader, is now providing complimentary access to over 7,500 publications from around the world. Contactless in approach and entirely digital, the app plays the double duty of staying up-to-date on current news and reducing strain on natural resources. Available in all major languages, the latest magazine or daily edition of the newspaper is just a 'press of a button' away on mobile devices. 


Element Al Jaddaf opens in Dubai 

Element Hotels, part of Marriott International, announced the opening of Element Al Jaddaf in one of Dubai’s emerging districts. Element Al Jaddaf presents an eco-friendly concept for guests seeking to maintain a balanced lifestyle while travelling.

Inspired by nature and with a bright aesthetic, Element Al Jaddaf features streamlined furnishings in light natural tones with touches of greenery. The hotel’s relaxed and enriching atmosphere together with its ergonomic design, quiet nooks, sun filled spaces, and pet-friendly amenities evoke a feeling of comfort and home.

Element Al Jaddaf offers a collection of 269 thoughtfully designed studio, one and two-bedroom apartments, making the property an ideal proposition for business travellers, longer staying guests, and holidaymakers.

Located in Dubai’s Creekside neighbourhood of Al Jaddaf, the hotel is in close proximity to DIFC, Deira, and Dubai International Airport, and is near to some of Dubai’s most famous sites including Dubai Mall, the Dubai Frame and the Museum of the Future.


The Datai Langkawi continues to impress

Having started the year on a high note with several prestigious awards, from being listed amongst the 100 best luxury hotels and travel experiences from around the globe as part of The Ultimate Travel Guide 2020, Harper’s BAZAAR, to recognition by Condé Nast Traveller US in their 2020 Gold List of the Best Hotels And Resorts In The World, The Datai Langkawi continues to excel.

The outstanding dining at the resort has also been awarded by Tatler Malaysia, naming The Gulai House in the 'Top 20 Restaurants in Malaysia' by the T.Dining's Best Restaurants Guide 2020.

With wellness coming into particular focus this year, The Datai Langkawi has created an immersive ritual that will enhance guests’ feeling of well-being. The ‘Mandi Embun’ ceremony includes a series of ancient Malay rituals, recognized internationally for its unique qualities and was recently included in the top three Holistic Treatments of the Year, awarded by the Destination Deluxe Awards.


Wyndham launches two hotels in Deira

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has announced its continued expansion in Dubai with the opening of the 290-room upscale Wyndham Dubai Deira, and the 94-key Super 8 by Wyndham Dubai Deira. 

Located in the historic area of Deira, the newly opened hotels are the first in the highly anticipated Deira Enrichment Project and part of a strategic effort by Wyndham to meet travellers’ growing demand for accommodations at varying price points across the region.

Super 8 by Wyndham Dubai Deira is designed for budget conscious travellers, and features guestrooms with contemporary interior design elements complemented by traditional Arabian touches.

Wyndham Dubai Deira will appeal the upscale guests looking for tailored services. The stylish 14-floor property boasts 290 rooms and suites, all designed with an eye for detail.