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Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR and Ramada Downtown Dubai celebrated Ramadan traditions with children supported by UAE Red Crescent. The hotels' teams welcomed the kids and their guardians, and hosted them for an exclusive

In a bid to better cater to the staffing needs of VIP households, royal palaces, yachts and private jet owners as well as key hospitality figures across the UAE, recruitment firm Savoir Vivre has joined forces with International Butler Academy.

Swiss International Palace has welcomed its first guests, marking the hotelier’s entry into Bahrain. Formerly run by Ramada Hotels & Resorts, the property offers 84 rooms and suites, a selection of restaurants, event spaces to accommodate up to 2,000 people, a gym and a spa.

SHAHZAD BUTT has taken over at Ramada Downtown Dubai as general manager. Butt, who has been in the industry for 25 years, will oversee the day-to-day operation of the property while also strengthening partnerships with key affiliates.

DAVID PRINCE has been promoted to area vice president for Dubai and the UAE’s Northern Emirates at Rotana. Prince joined the company in April 2015 after having spent more than 20 years at Hilton Worldwide where he held a variety of senior positions in diverse geographic markets.

flynas is increasing capacity between Saudi Arabia and the UAE with new routes linking Abu Dhabi to Riyadh and Jeddah. Effective from June 23, the airline will add a second daily service from the Saudi capital, increasing its combined offering with Etihad Airways

Rakjet has been launched, catering for all aspects of private aircraft management, sales and acquisitions. Based in the UAE, the company aims to address the increasing demand for feasible deals among Gulf aircraft owners.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to open Four Points by Sheraton Ras Al Khaimah in the first quarter of 2019, marking the company’s first property in the emirate.

FARRAH ISMAIL is the new director of sales and marketing at Ramada Downtown Dubai. Boasting 25 years of hospitality experience from Asia and the Middle East, she started her career path with InterContinental Hotels Group