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  • Avpro and Bell Helicopter reached an agreement at HAI Heli Expo to purchase three new Bell 505X helicopters. Present at the agreement signing were Bob Rabbitt, Avpro managing partner; Edward Kilkeary, Sr. L.J. Aviation president/CEO; Edward Kilkeary, Jr, L.J. Aviation VP-Operations; Valerie Pereira, Avpro executive sales director-Bell Helicopter Specialist; Emmanuel Dupuy, Avpro head of helicopter sales; and Don Bass, Avpro managing partner.
  • In line with Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to serve the local community, Hilton Kuwait Resort has donated 100 mattresses to local women’s shelters with the support of non-profit humanitarian organisation, Operation Hope Kuwait. The donation was made at the Philippine and Sri Lankan Embassies earlier this year.
  • Warwick International Hotels (WIH) has signed a new management contract in Doha to manage and operate the first Warwick-branded hotel in Qatar. WIH and Al Madaen Group signed a new management contract for the luxury boutique property, Warwick Doha Hotel.
  • The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) announced the opening of Al Montazah, previously known as Al Jazeera Park, on March 13. Spread over 126,000 sq m, Al Montazah features a water park, a green park for events, and a leisure park for sports activities. Shurooq CEO Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal expects the park to contribute significantly in raising the flow of tourists to the emirate, particularly families.
  • One lucky spectator at the Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic semi-final in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2014 won two tickets to the US Open, courtesy of the Emirates Ball Flight Promotion.
  • Oman Air celebrated the contribution made by staff in its services delivery unit towards the airline’s success during 2013. The celebration took place at an event held at Oman Air’s headquarters in Muscat and was attended by services delivery unit staff, senior managers and the airline’s CEO, Wayne Pearce, who commented, “Over the course of the year, Oman Air increased frequencies on many routes, carried more passengers to more destinations than ever before and recorded a superb industry high on-time performance of just under 90 per cent for 2013 with an exceptional May, when we achieved 100 per cent on-time performance throughout our network.”
  • InterContinental Hotels Group has bestowed Crowne Plaza Bahrain with the exclusive ‘Ten Club’ status, which represents hotels that achieve their key business objectives under specific criteria. Crowne Plaza Bahrain is one of only 14 hotels in the region to receive this special recognition. The property was also presented the award for The Most Committed Team of the Year 2013 for India, Middle East & Africa. 
  • Yas Island Rotana won twice at Gourmet Abu Dhabi Stars Awards this year. The two winners were Maneeshdev GV, the regional cuisine restaurant manager of the year for the property’s Indian restaurant, Rangoli, and Raghu Pillai, who was recognised for the Organic Garden project he had initiated.
  • ShuiQi Spa at Atlantis, The Palm, has been announced as the Best Spa in the Middle East and Africa, for the second year at the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014 event held at the Guildhall, London. Neil Hewerdine (pictured above), VP of spa services, said, “At ShuiQi Spa, we continually strive for perfection and remain at the forefront of technology and trends in the wellness world to ensure our guests not only have a truly luxurious experience that rejuvenates the mind and the body, but also leave with unforgettable memories.”
  • Mohammad Saade, meetings and events manager at Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah has been awarded a Shield of Honour by a group of doctors who attended the Baghdad Medical University reunion. “Saade deserves this honour and we are very proud of him for the fact that his achievements are also formally recognised outside our organisation. We take this opportunity also to thank the 1976 batch of Baghdad Medical University,” said Khamis Kazzaz, general manager of the resort.

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