3 Dec. 2008
Following some latest developments and announcements made before the National Day, Hotels in Dubai and across UAE are expecting some busy days ahead. Hospitality career hunters will be delighted to know the announcement of hotel jobs portal in Dubai, www.hozpitality.com. According to the company director Mr. Raj Bhatt, the website will offer global sourcing of manpower, hotel supplies and will function as a networking platform for industry professionals. The estimated rate of growth in job opportunities in the hospitality sector for Middle East, North Africa and Levant is at 24% between 2008 and 2011. In GCC it would be nearly 20% in the next four years. Gulf region has shown a steady increase of revenue from the hospitality industry over the first nine months of 2008. But, industry experts comment that a decline in revenue is expected in the coming months. Few other hospitality specialists countering this statement have commented that the recent Mumbai terror attacks will divert few leisure holidaymakers to visit the Middle East region.
Hotels in Abu Dhabi reported a 39.9% change in revenue per room in the first nine months of the year, followed by Oman Hotels with 32.9% and Saudi Arabia with 23.1% while Hotels in Dubai grew to 4.7%.
In an other recent development, Dubai based hotel group, Jumeirah Group has announced its plans to operate a five star hotel in Macau scheduled for completion in 2013, as part of an agreement with Hong Kong developer Shun Tak Limited. Macau hotel is the third management agreement for the Jumeirah Group in China and ideally located in the tourist hub of Cotai. The previous two include the Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi, scheduled to open in Shangahi in 2009 and the Jumeirah Guangzhou hotel, scheduled for 2011. According to Daniel Hajjar, the CEO of Layia Hospitality, the group has recently opened its second property in Dubai. Layia plans to expand by launching 11 more properties in the region with Oak Hotel & Suites as Lavyia's first fully serviced hotel property in Dubai. The group plans to open hotels in the four- and five-star categories as well as full service apartment property between November this year and 2011.
Another interesting event is chase of Guinness Record for the most expensive firework display. Atlantis, Hotel Dubai has already posted claim for the same after the firework display showcased in its launch party. Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace claims to have hosted the world's 'largest, record breaking fireworks display', to celebrate the UAE's 37th National Day. The fireworks started at 20.30 and lasted for nearly 45 minutes. The splendour was visible along the Abu Dhabi Corniche and across the Emirates Palace Marina. The hotel also features a laser display which started from December 1 to will end on 3rd Dec 2008.
Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing is keen to respond to global demands to cut down CO2 emissions and in this regard the DTCM conducted a workshop in line with its sustainability projects in Dubai. DTCM is actively monitoring the current carbon dioxide emission rates and vows that hotels in Dubai is expected to reduce their carbon emissions by 20% by 2011. A senior manager of the Avireal Middle East comments that the sizes of the carbon footprint produced by 300 Dubai Hotels are equivalent to 60,000 round-trip flights between Dubai and London.