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Nov. 6, 2019

TIME Hotels, the UAE-headquartered hospitality company is celebrating big wins at the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards 2019 which took place in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland after adding three new awards to its growing list of accolades.

Recognised for their excellence within the luxury hotel segment of the market were three of TIME Hotels’ properties, namely: TIME Nozha Beach Aqua Park Hotel & Resort which bagged the Luxury Family Beach Resort Award, TIME Dammam (Luxury Contemporary Service Apartments Award) while TIME Express took home the Luxury Contemporary Hotel Award.

We are incredibly proud of all of our achievements this year and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our exemplary staff in every department who uphold the brand values of TIME Hotels, as well as our guests who have helped make 2019 such a success for TIME Hotels. With so much achieved to date we look forward to continuing our success as we begin looking ahead to 2020.

Mohamed Awadalla

The CEO of TIME Hotels, Mohamed Awadalla commenting on the achievement said: “Winning these coveted awards is not only another successful step in our mission to continue developing TIME Hotels as a major player within the international hospitality industry, but is also recognition of our sustained commitment to excellence.

“Over the years we have built our success on delivering international standards of service through our friendly and dedicated teams, supported by signature warm and welcoming Arabian hospitality and a unique collection of market-relevant properties.”

Established in 2006, the World Luxury Hotel Awards, are the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry, recognizing global, continent, regional and country luxury accommodation across over 100 different categories.

Voted by guests, travellers and industry players alike through an online public vote, the accolade reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by TIME Hotels’ exceptional staff and its unparalleled service offering.

“We are incredibly proud of all of our achievements this year and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our exemplary staff in every department who uphold the brand values of TIME Hotels, as well as our guests who have helped make 2019 such a success for TIME Hotels. With so much achieved to date we look forward to continuing our success as we begin looking ahead to 2020,” Awadalla added.

Commenting on the 13th annual World Luxury Hotel Awards, Marketing Director, Michael Hunter-Smith, said: “We congratulate this year’s winners. True luxury is not easily attained. It takes highly efficient and dedicated staff who are willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and no challenge goes unresolved. This is the definition of luxury. It is what makes the winners shine.”

A new series of buyer forums and networking events focused on India, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia’s growing outbound potential, has been launched by Arabian Travel Market 2020 (ATM), as GCC travel and tourism companies and destinations look to attract a larger share from these major source markets.

These new forums and networking events have been designed to explore the untapped opportunities that India, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia’s expanding tourism markets present, following the successful launch of the ‘Arabia China Tourism Forum’ at ATM 2019, and they advise travel, tourism and hospitality professionals, on how to attract and cater to these key markets.

ATM will be inviting 150 hosted buyers from India, China, Russia and the Middle East, as part of the networking sessions, as well as partnering with CBN Travel & MICE once again to bring an additional 84 new buyers from China.

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 19-22 April 2020, said: “Identifying the key players in the top source markets, along with current and emerging industry trends are two of the most valuable insights ATM has to offer. Therefore, the 2020 edition will continue to follow that successful model with a packed agenda, including new forums and networking opportunities as well as an engaging seminar programme.”

According to research from Colliers International, looking at the UAE alone in partnership with ATM, the number of Indian visitors travelling to the UAE is expected to increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7% to 3.01 million by 2023, while arrivals from Saudi Arabia will witness an increase of 2% to 1.76 million during the same period.

The data also predicts an above average annual growth rate for both Russian and Chinese arrivals to the UAE, with the number of Russian tourists expected to increase at a CAGR of 12% to 1.6 million and Chinese tourists estimated to increase at a CAGR of 8% to 1.27 million by 2023.

Taking a look at the key drivers, beside Expo 2020 which is now less than one year away, Indian, Saudi Arabian, Chinese and Russian visitors have grown in recent years due to the introduction of additional and direct airline routes; relaxed visa regulations; the growth of their respective economies; increased disposable incomes and a new generation of leisure attractions and retail destinations as well as a broad range of hotels and resorts across the region.

Curtis said: “Over recent years in particular, sentiment at ATM has reflected the growth in these tourists to the Middle East and as we look ahead to the 2020 edition of the show we are seeing more hotel and travel professionals than ever before eager to capitalise on the significant opportunities presented by these key markets.”

ATM, considered by industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa tourism sector, welcomed almost 40,000 people to its 2019 event with representation from 150 countries. With over 100 exhibitors making their debut, ATM 2019 showcased the largest ever exhibition from Asia.

Adopting Events for Tourism Growth as the official show theme, ATM 2020 will build on the success of this year’s edition with a host of seminar sessions discussing the impact events have on tourism growth in the region while inspiring the travel and hospitality industry about the next generation of events.

SHARJAH, U.A.E. (Oct. 16, 2019) —

Though the new Al Bait Sharjah has opened as an antidote to the bright-light-big-city glitz of Dubai, the hotel has not rolled up its welcome mat on the most well-to-do. Indeed, the resort this month has debuted a new weekend getaway package that includes accommodation in its signature heritage house, transfer by yacht, custom clothes, edible gold, calligraphy and other rarefied amenities.

The $68,000 price tag on this weekend away is not for the faint of wallet; indeed, the price tag is tantamount to the value of 1.5 kilos of gold.

“Still,” said the hotel’s general manager, Patrick Moukarzel, “one might argue that it’s rather economical at $850 per person per couple per year if you amortise the cost of the weekend as memories over the next four decades!”

The weekend begins with a yacht transfer from Dubai with exclusive welcome amenities that include edible, 24 karat gold. Dockside, a 1967 Mercedes Pullman – one of only 304 in the world – transfers guests directly to the hotel. 

Once at the resort, guests resort to the fully privatised Bait Al Midfa Heritage House, where the suite will be strewn with flower decorations on a scale of a floral atelier and utterly personalised at every turn from gold embroidered and initialed wardrobes and slippers to personalised engraved jewelry set from the renowned local designer in the resort’s Jewellery Shop. 

The first dining opportunity upon arrival is the Al Bait Tray for Two, complete with a gold twist, including one of the most expensive desserts in the world adorned in gold and jewels and concocted with the most expensive organic ingredients. Full disclosure, the resort will not reveal the exact recipe of this dessert.  

Next up is a private, exotic couple’s spa retreat within the already secluded Heritage House. Depending on preference (and weather), there is the choice of a treatment outdoors or in one of the atmospheric rooms in the spa.

Floating from the spa experience, the day ends under the stars watching a suitably romantic film in an outdoor cinema experience in the privacy of the Heritage Courtyard with – of course – gold popcorn or a full-on gastronomic affair, if wished.

After a night on a specially imported, USD $22,000 mattress, which provides two more hours of sleep than a normal bed, a curated breakfast is served out at sea on a yacht. All hands on deck gives way to all hands at calligraphy in a private class, with gold, at the resort.

Lunch takes place in the heart of the kitchen at Al Bait Sharjah, in the shadow of a hundred-year old windtower. In the afternoon, local tailors take measurements for a bespoke abaya and kandoora by a famous Arab fashion designer, which will then be shipped anywhere. 

The day closes with a curated dinner picnic on a private island in Sharjah with a private musician and butler service while the sun dips into the horizon. Naturally, a royal bathing ceremony will occur upon return to the resort. On the day of departure, a spiritual awakening ceremony at a private pool with a spot of yoga, segues to a romantic breakfast in the privacy of the Heritage House. 

Dubai: Oct 21, 2019…

For the fifth year running, UAE-headquartered hospitality company, TIME Hotels has received the CSR Label Award for the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Dubai Chamber), adding to its growing list of accolades.

Dubai Chamber reported that TIME Hotels was the highest scoring applicant, achieving an overall score of 77.5%, which was 10.4% higher than the average applicant score. 

In his response, Eddie Ignatius, Corporate Director of Quality & Business Excellence, TIME Hotels, stated: “We are very much a community-focused company and receiving this official label for the fifth year in a row highlights our commitment and consistency. It also allows us to benchmark our own initiatives against those of other forward-thinking companies in Dubai, for whom CSR is an integral part of their overall business strategy.”

Launched in 2010 to reward corporate commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, the CSR Label is awarded based on performance scores across seven different criteria including human resources (training, development, welfare, Emiratisation), client relations, business development, procurement, environment, health and safety, innovation and community; with Dubai Chamber also measuring the resulting impact in four key areas, namely workplace, marketplace, community and environmental.

Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber, said: “The Dubai Chamber CSR Label honourees are not just gaining recognition, but enhancing their reputation in the market and setting an example for the rest of the business community.”

Adding to this, TIME Hotels is strengthening the positive impact it is making on local and regional communities with an impressive calendar of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives planned for the final quarter of 2019.

Eddie Ignatius

We are very much a community-focused company and receiving this official label for the fifth year in a row highlights our commitment and consistency. It also allows us to benchmark our own initiatives against those of other forward-thinking companies in Dubai, for whom CSR is an integral part of their overall business strategy.

Eddie Ignatius

TIME will be focusing further on community engagements and social activities in conjunction with the year of tolerance. This month there will be a walk to raise awareness for breast cancer, while in November the fourth annual TIME Hotels Waiter Race will take place and in December a Gift Tolerance event will see employees exchange gifts with their fellow colleagues.

“Through our collective initiative, Tomorrow’s World, TIME Hotels has been involved in a range of activities designed to give back to and support the communities we operate in. Everything we do is backed by our commitment to have a positive impact… we don’t want to just ensure a better world, but a better tomorrow because the communities we live and work in really matter,” Ignatius said.

Additional highlights of the company’s multi-faceted CSR programme this year have included a job swap initiative, an International Women’s Day celebration to promote women empowerment, We Walk for Autism, the distribution of Iftar meal boxes to labour camps in Muhaisnah and the annual team member party which is designed to recognise and appreciate all employees for their hard work and dedication to the continued growth of the company.

Delegates from the Middle East are heading to WTM London 2019 slated for November 4 – 6, looking to achieve an even greater share of the multi-billion-dollar international travel market against the backdrop of Expo 2020 looming on the horizon with the Middle East region continuing to represent high growth potential for the travel industry.

The UK is predicted to retain its position as one of the top European destinations for GCC nationals to visit – accounting for 890,000 trips by 2023, according to research from Colliers International.

Simon Press, Senior Director, WTM London, said: “While part of this growth can be attributed to the Middle East – and in particular the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s large expatriate populations, residents from the MENA region are no strangers to destinations within the UK, their culture and history – as well as their retail and luxury hospitality offerings.

“And in addition, the relaxation of tourist visa requirements combined with Brexit weakening the British Pound have provided an additional incentive for Middle Eastern tourists.”

This year, WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, turns 40 and 50,000 participants as well as 5,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries are expected to join in the celebrations with organisers predicting a record year for 2019, boosted by a strong contingent of exhibitors from the Middle East region.

Adding to this, several Middle Eastern companies have been shortlisted for the International Travel & Tourism Awards (ITTAs) – which take place on Tuesday 5th November and recognise the outstanding successes of destinations, tourist boards, private sector companies and individuals working in the industry. 

Among the 90 shortlisted nominations for the ITTAs – which are presented by WTM and supported by the UNWTO – are entries from Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Azerbaijan Tourism Board and The Jordan Trail Association.

Press added: “Over the last decade the tourism industry in the Middle East has grown ten-fold. The developments have been incredible with the tallest buildings and tallest hotels; revolutionary transport infrastructure; theme parks and leisure attractions that are the envy of the rest of the world.

“Bearing that in mind, it should come as no surprise that five outstanding campaigns from the MENA region have been shortlisted for the upcoming ITTAs. Both the volume and quality of entries received from the region not only demonstrates the vital role tourism is playing in the economy but also reconfirms the Middle East as one of the most dynamic travel destinations in the world.”

Expo 2020, which is now just 12 months away, will be the largest event ever staged in the Arab World. Taking place from October 2020 to April 2021, 192 pavilions from countries around the world will be showcased, with over 25 million visitors – 145,000 visits for every one of the 173 days the site is open, expected.

Adding to this, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to the Middle East’s GDP is predicted to rise by 4.2% per annum to US $133.6 billion by 2028, according to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

And, in Saudi Arabia more relaxed visas [30-day Umrah Plus Visas, eVisas and specialist visas for events] combined with Vision 2030 and tourism mega-projects such as the Red Sea Project are set to increase international visitors to the kingdom by 5.6% per annum to 2023.

John Pagano, CEO at The Red Sea Development Company, said: “Participating in World Travel Market 2019 is an opportunity to showcase the amazing beauty and diversity of the Red Sea Project and the progress we have made toward delivering a luxury destination that will set a new standard in sustainable development. The event provides a forum to explore potential collaboration with some of the world’s most renowned hospitality and tourism-focused businesses.”

Commenting on the Red Sea Development Company’s decision to sponsor the Best in Responsible Tourism Award at the ITTAs, Pagano, said: “Our decision to sponsor [this category] reflects our commitment to embedding sustainability and responsible practice throughout the design, development and, ultimately, the operation of the Red Sea Project.”

This year, key exhibitors at WTM London from the Middle East will include; Dubai Corporation for Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTC), Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority, Oman Ministry of Tourism and Jordan Tourism Board. Other exhibitors include The Red Sea Development Company, Kuwait Airways, Orascom Development, Samaya Investment and Smart Travel Deal.

Similar to last year’s event, WTM London 2019, will place a spotlight on the Middle East with a host of key speakers lined up from the region for the show’s regionally-focused Inspiration Zones which will provide a platform to address evolving travel trends in the Middle East & North Africa as well as providing an update about Expo 2020.

Dubai, 10th October 2019

The world’s first floating Smart Police Station has been inaugurated by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of the United Arab Emirates at GITEX 2019 following a collaboration between Dubai Police and the group behind the innovative Floating Seahorse Villa, Kleindienst.

Kleindienst Group is the largest European real estate company in Dubai with more than 1,000 employees over its diverse portfolio of businesses which include property development, construction, hospitality, property brokerage, and corporate business centres. The announcement was made during GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from October 6 – 10.

The floating seahorse Smart Police Station (SPS), which will be located at Kleindienst Group’s Heart of Europe project, and is expected to open in Q1 2020, will offer unmanned innovative, high performance e-police services to the residents of the development as well as the Dubai community at large.

The partnership also further underscores Dubai’s innovative 360-degree plan to promote happiness, sustainability and public safety by using smart technology as well as educating the community on protecting marine life.

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police said: “This extraordinary, unique and pioneering project has grabbed the attention of police and security institutions around the world, as they seek to replicate the experience in their countries.”

In addition to providing safety and security services the SPS will also play a crucial role in promoting sustainability and marine life protection in the Heart of Europe development and in the rest of the UAE. A series of visits to the SPS are planned for UAE residents, schools and tourists to see firsthand the positive impact Kleindienst is having on the marine ecosystem.

Josef Kleindienst, Chairman of Kleindienst Group said: “Our partnership with Dubai Police is built on innovation, engineering ingenuity and imagination. We were the first in the world to develop a luxury floating above and underwater living experience through the Floating Seahorse Villa and I’m pleased our design capabilities have been recognised by Dubai Police with the first floating Smart Police Station. As a Developer, we are committed to supporting Dubai’s vision on sustainability, innovation and safety.

“The Heart of Europe project is gaining momentum and the SPS is a good example of the infrastructure and amenities which will in place and available to the waterfront community. Our vision for protecting underwater life is also being realised through the vital role the stations will play in promoting sustainability,” added Kleindienst.

The Kleindienst Group was established over 30 years ago in Austria and Hungary and has been present in Dubai since 2003. The Heart of Europe is the flagship masterplan of the developer in Dubai.

Dubai, UAE, 6 October 2019:

Dubai has welcomed 113,000 overnight visitors from Nigeria in the first seven months of 2019, according to statistics contained in a press release issued by the Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) reporting a stellar incline in tourism volumes from the West African country.

Nigeria is Africa’s largest source market for inbound traffic to Dubai, and with an impressive double-digit growth, inbound traffic grew by 28 per cent year-on-year, to cement its position as the emirate’s 17th largest source market. Dubai’s diverse portfolio of attractions has experienced sustained interest amongst Nigerian travellers through ongoing strategic trade partnerships, bespoke integrated marketing campaigns, and always-on social media activations.

Building on ongoing efforts to provide a platform to broadcast Dubai’s multifaceted comprehensive offerings to African tourists, Dubai Tourism, led by the CEO, Issam Kazim, showcased its support at the Akwaaba African Travel Market for the fourth consecutive year with a strong delegation of 21 Dubai-based partners, which included a team from Expo 2020 Dubai. West Africa’s most prestigious travel trade event brought together industry stakeholders from across the public and private sector to provide a platform to share key market insights, further cementing the emirate’s relationships with operators and offering the opportunity to promote Dubai’s ever-evolving destination offering to a highly targeted audience.

Winning the ‘Best Stand’ award for the fourth year in a row, the Dubai Tourism stand, which was the largest at the show, welcomed visitors and set an Akwaaba record with over 700 delegates attending its industry panel session. To the delight of the crowd, six of the nine Nollywood celebrities from the ‘Dubai Faceoff’ campaign made a surprise appearance on stage to voice their experience and admiration for the city. During the session, Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) was joined by His Excellency Fahad Obaid Mohamed Al Taffag, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide market insights and an update on visitor figures. Other highlights included Dubai’s diverse destination offerings and an overview of in-market campaigns.

The event also encompassed several strategic meetings with trade and media partners, including TBI, a key trade partner and one of the largest in Nigeria; Megaletrics, one of the largest owners of radio stations in Nigeria, as well as Dubai’s other key trade partners GHI Assets, NANTA, Seki, and Wakanow.com.
 
As Dubai Tourism continues to represent itself as a model case study for tourism to the African travel market, it maintains its focus on increasing overall marketing activities including training workshops, trade activities (sales activations, fam trips) and campaigns as well as expanding upon the number of Dubai-based partners that participate in roadshows and events in the Nigerian market. Dubai-based partners present at Dubai Tourism’s stand included American Hospital, Avani Deira Dubai Hotel, Copthorne Hotel, Dubai Health Authority, Emaar Hospitality Group LLC, Expo 2020, Golden Sands Hotel Apartments, Golden Treasure Tourism L.L.C, JA Resorts & Hotels L.L.C, Jumeirah Group, Mida Travels, Pacific Destination Tourism L.L.C, Rayna Tourism L.L.C, Red Apple Middle East Tourism LLC, Royal Arabian Destination Management DMCC, Tabeer Tourism, The Ritz Carlton Dubai, JBR, Travel Destination Online DMCC, W Hotel Palm Jumeirah, Wings Tours Gulf (L.L.C).

Issam Kazim, CEO, (DCTCM), said: “The immense hospitality and genuine welcome we received during our time in Nigeria paved the way for a hugely successful Akwaaba Travel Market 2019. Our continued presence at industry events such as these is testament to our globally diversified market strategy to engage with key strategic partners, cementing our positive relationship with the African travel trade ecosystem.”

Further fostering growth across the African continent, Dubai Tourism continues to leverage its multi-layered marketing strategy, delivering specialised communications programming that recognises the power of social media in influencing travellers’ decision-making processes. This approach saw the launch of the ‘Dubai Face Off’ campaign, where Dubai Tourism successfully collaborated with trade partners WONTRA and Tour Brokers International to provide an exclusive travel package that let fans travel with ‘Nollywood’ celebrities. As part of the campaign, nine well-known Nigerian celebrities gave fans the rare opportunity to accompany them to Dubai, with the package offering flight tickets, entry visa, airport transfers, four nights stay at a 4 or 5 star accommodation, a desert safari experience, city tour, tickets to IMG Worlds of Adventure, world class dining experiences, as well as designated time with the celebrities.
 
With strategic support from stakeholders across the city, the celebrity figures and their fans participated in a series of challenges that incorporated social media engagement, asking fans to vote on their favourite winners throughout their stay. The campaign surpassed projected results with over 200 fans travelling to Dubai  for the exclusive campaign, while the celebrities received just under 31 million engagements on social media to boost the department’s ‘always-on’ social media strategy – which, to date, has exceeded the entire year’s forecasted engagement targets by almost 300 per cent.
 
Issam Kazim, CEO, DCTCM, commented on the campaign: “As Dubai continues to become a prime destination of choice for Nigerian travellers, we are committed to extending the potential of one of our fastest growing source markets by offering custom-made integrated marketing campaigns and trade activations that showcase the city’s world-class propositions and exceptional experiences on offer. The ‘Dubai Face Off’ campaign is a prime example of our endeavours to harness the power of user generated content and organic circulation in targeting segments eager for customised and diversified experiences.”
 
As the department continues to build on and cement its strong relationship with the Nigerian market, Dubai tourism has plans to launch a second targeted winter marketing celebrity campaign with out-of-home advertising, radio, and social media activations to further engage Nigerian tourists and position Dubai as the destination of choice all year round.

The World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) will take place outside the USA for the first time, with its 12th edition set to be hosted in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates capital from 15-17 October 2019.

Organised by Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, a part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in collaboration with the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, WMTC Abu Dhabi 2019 will bring together representatives from the top hospitals, insurance companies, payers, ministries and other industry players from more than 90 countries.

The 2019 event will focus on China and Russia, as well as GCC nations such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and other Middle East (MENA) countries and Northern Africa.

The first day of the event will feature the Ministerial Summit, hospital site tours and an all-day workshop event for industry insiders. The final two days of the Congress will feature keynote speeches and three educational sessions.

“Medical tourists can spend weeks in their destination, typically alongside family members,” said Jonathan Edelheit, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) and WMTC Abu Dhabi. “As a result, medical travel and health tourism can have a big economic impact on the entire tourism sector,” he added.

Commenting on the conference, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “We are proud to partner with the Medical Tourism Association to bring the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress to Abu Dhabi, a move in line with our strategy to transform the emirate into a world-class healthcare hub. As an area with huge growth potential, the medical tourism sector is one of our primary focuses at the moment, an avenue through which we seek to further fuel the dynamic growth of the capital, in sync with the United Arab Emirates’ economic diversification plan.

“Abu Dhabi has all the necessary infrastructure to become one of the most popular medical tourism destinations in the world, offering world-class medical care and facilities alongside diverse cultural, retail and leisure attractions, all in a safe, secure and family-friendly destination. We are confident that the emirate can provide the best possible care and experience not only for patients but also their families and carers,” he added.

Medical tourism is a key factor in the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision initiative, which aims to establish the Emirate of Abu Dhabi among the most preferred destinations in the world.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Breaking Down Barriers” and with Abu Dhabi’s central location and ease of access, this year’s WMTC will be easier than ever to attend.

“Abu Dhabi has set the foundational elements and is now in a position to evolve into a world-class healthcare destination, making us proud to be their partner on this initiative and journey,” said Edelheit. “Through the support of the Abu Dhabi government we are hosting our largest buyer programme ever, flying in more than 100 key healthcare buyers from around the globe. While there, they will conduct Abu Dhabi hospital site tours and take B2B meetings to accelerate the growth of Abu Dhabi’s medical tourism initiative.” 

Source: HotelierMiddleEast.com

TIME Hotels, a UAE-based hospitality company has introduced a new health and wellness initiative tagged ‘Healthy You. Healthy World’ across all of its properties in line with its Tomorrow’s World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. 

As part of the initiative, TIME Hotels has expanded its offering of fitness and wellness activities, introduced a new health conscious menu and participated in a wide variety of activities to help promote healthy lifestyles for both employees and in-house guests. 

At TIME Oak Hotel & Suites, an aqua fitness programme for female senior citizens has been introduced, taking place daily from 7am to 9am; while at TIME Ruby Hotel Apartments boxing classes are taking place twice a week for members and in-house guests; and at TIME Grand Plaza swimming lessons are available for both adults and children – taking place seven days a week between 8am and 9am.

Every year TIME Hotels participates in a range of activities to raise awareness of several important regional and global initiatives while also taking the opportunity to support the health and wellness of both our employees and of course our guests.

Mohamed Awadalla

Mohamed Awadalla, CEO, TIME Hotels, said: “Every year TIME Hotels participates in a range of activities to raise awareness of several important regional and global initiatives while also taking the opportunity to support the health and wellness of both our employees and of course our guests.

“Everything we do is focused on having a positive impact and creating a legacy which generations will be able to learn from for many years to come.”

Adding to this, Mugs & Munch, a relaxed pastry café and lobby lounge, has created a new healthy menu with a focus on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Featuring a variety of healthy munch bowls, freshly baked flat bread sandwiches and delicious pastries as well as an extensive tea and coffee menu, fresh fruit smoothies, mocktails and cold soft beverages.

Located in the lobby of TIME Oak Hotel & Suites, Mugs & Munch is the perfect venue for those looking for a quick coffee and an on-the-go nutritious snack, a relaxed catch-up with a friend or an informal business meeting. 

Awadalla said: “Creating a menu which offers interesting and healthy food options, with a focus on fresh and local ingredients, is incredibly important to us as we continuously work to broaden our F&B offerings at TIME Oak Hotel & Suites.

“The idea behind the Mugs & Munch menu is to deliver fresh and delicious dishes for those who don’t want to compromise on taste – but still want to be healthy.”

TIME Hotels has also strengthened the positive impact it is making on both employees and guests’ fitness and wellness through an impressive calendar of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

In line with the ‘Healthy You. Healthy World’ campaign, TIME has painted motivational health and wellness quotes on each step between the ground floor and first floor in each of its properties to encourage staff and guests to use the stairs instead of the elevator wherever possible.

Earlier this year, TIME hosted a Yoga Day for both staff and in-house guests and as part of World Health Day, TIME conducted a health check-up, in collaboration with Call Doctor. In all hotels, staff members and in-house guests had access to a free check-up and consultation with a doctor, as well as a training session on the subject of ‘healthy lifestyle’.

Awadalla concluded: “Our overall aim is to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle and add value to both our in-house guests and our employees’ lives through enhanced offerings at each of our properties, education and employee engagement activities.”

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has launched an agro-tourism page on the ecotourism UAE application page in a bid to boost agro-tourism and emirates position on the world tourism, ecotourism map.

According to Emirates news Agency (WAM), the page features information on 23 private farms across the country as well as lists of activities available in the area, types of products sold, terms and conditions for visitors, opening hours, location maps, pricing, and contact details.

With this addition, MOCCAE is attempting to connect people with nature, and educate them about sustainable practices, such as community farming.

The Ministry is also working on supporting the UAE’s agricultural sector through raising awareness of the country’s local food produce and quality, as well as highlight its efforts to re-introduce certain crops.

Source: HotelierMiddleEast.com