Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

ROYAL CONTINENTAL has opened its first ho­tel in Dubai’s Deira district. The four-star prop­erty, lo­cated near Deira City Cen­tre mall, fea­tures tra­di­tional Ara­bic de­signs. Su­pe­rior rooms are priced from AED350 per night, ris­ing to AED375 for Deluxe and AED400 for Ju­nior Suites (be­fore taxes). Na­keel’s ho­tel pipe­line pow­ers on, seal­ing a new deal with Mi­nor Ho­tels Group for a 372-room AVANI ho­tel at Ibn Bat­tuta Mall in Dubai. AL WADI DESERT, RAS AL KHAIMAH, A RITZ-CARL­TON PART­NER HO­TEL is open for reser­va­tions. An Al Ri­mal Pool Villa costs AED 2,200 per villa per night (be­fore taxes). The 219-room MOVENPICK COLOMBO has opened, re­port­edly the first in­ter­na­tional five-star to open in the Sri Lankan cap­i­tal in 25 years. Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional has de­buted its Re­nais­sance Ho­tels brand in sub­Sa­ha­ran Africa, with the open­ing of the RE­NAIS­SANCE LA­GOS IKEJA. The 155-room ho­tel is lo­cated 5km from the city’s in­ter­na­tional air­port. Mi­nor Ho­tels brand Oaks has de­buted in In­dia with OAKS BOD­HGAYA in the state of Bi­har. ASCOTT is bol­ster­ing its Chi­nese pres­ence, an­nounc­ing new prop­er­ties in Chang­sha, Shen­zhen, Tian­jin, Wuhan, Han­dan and Xuzhou.

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