In Brief


Anantara’s RAK resort to launch in Q4

Minor Hotels has revealed that its new eco-luxury resort in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, is now in the final stages of development and will open in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year.

Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort will be the brand’s ninth property in the UAE.

Set along the Arabian Gulf coastline on Mina Al Arab Island in Ras Al Khaimah with a backdrop of the majestic Hajar mountains, Anantara Mina Al Arab is situated amid 1.5 km of mangroves and lagoons in a natural reserve. The resort will be a 45- minute drive from Dubai International Airport and just 15 minutes from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.

Designed to blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings, the newly built resort features 174 guest rooms, suites and villas, including the first over water villas in the emirate.


Abu Dhabi cuts hotel fees to boost sector

The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT – Abu Dhabi) has announced a reduction in government fees applied to hotels across the emirate, supporting the continued growth of the hospitality and tourism sector, and enhancing Abu Dhabi as a leading global leisure and tourism destination.

The government fee amendments include reducing a tourism fee issued to guests from 6 per cent to 4 per cent, removing a municipality fee of Dh15 per room per night, removing a 6 per cent tourism fee and 4 per cent municipality fee applied to hotel restaurants.

The municipality fee for 4 per cent of the value of the invoice issued to the customer will continue, said the statement from DCT - Abu Dhabi.

The change is set to take effect from September 1, 2023 and follows the directives from Abu Dhabi Executive Council to further encourage tourists as well as residents to enjoy hospitality offerings in the emirate.


LXR Hotels & Resorts launches Maysan Club

Maysan Doha, LXR Hotels & Resorts unveils the launch of the Maysan Club, a prestigious membership program that offers access to an unparalleled world of luxury and exclusivity. With a big-hearted approach and a bountiful spirit, Maysan Club sets a new standard for elevated living in Doha.

A membership-based service, Maysan Club provides its members with access to a wide range of outstanding facilities and amenities at Maysan Doha. Located in the Aspire Zone complex, the award-winning sports and healthy lifestyle destination, Maysan Doha is an opulent urban resort rooted in royal Qatari tradition yet reimagined for modern-day living.

As part of the Maysan Club membership, members can take advantage of the spa and wellness centre spanning across 13,000sqm with luxury treatment rooms, a modern gym with separate zones for men and women, an outdoor swimming pool and a fully supervised, interactive children’s club with an exciting schedule of activities that allow younger guests to enjoy whilst the parents spend time discovering the resort.


Radisson reports strong H1 growth

Radisson Hotel Group has had a strong H1 2023 with strategic growth across the portfolio being delivered in APAC and in EMEA with milestone openings and signings. The group also announced more offerings to its owners and guests with the inclusion of art’otel in its portfolio, blending art and lifestyle.

Since the beginning of the year, the group has welcomed more than 100+ hotel openings and signings in APAC and EMEA.

Across EMEA, H1 2023 growth included the addition of more than 8,000 keys through signings and openings across different brands in key destinations such as Greece, Germany, UK, Italy, Switzerland, France, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. Key signings and openings include the opening of Radisson Collection Hotel Santa Sofia Milan, the signing of Radisson Blu Hotel, Rome EUR, among many others.

In APAC, Radisson Hotel Group added 60+ hotels to its portfolio, representing over 8,000 keys, in Vietnam, India, Thailand, the Philippines, and China.