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Carlson Rezidor and Al Hokair Group ink deal

CARLSON Rezidor and Al Hokair Group, a leading hospitality company in Saudi Arabia, strengthened their strategic partnership by announcing four new hotels: Park Inn by Radisson Al Barsha First in Dubai, Park Inn by Radisson Jubail Industrial City, Park Inn by Radisson Jubail Corniche, and Radisson Blu Hotel, Al Khobar Al Rakkah. Carlson Rezidor and Al Hokair have a country development agreement for Saudi Arabia -- covering 30 hotels and being complemented by selected projects outside the Kingdom.

Park Inn by Radisson Al Barsha First will be situated within Dubai's Al Barsha district offering easy access to attractions such as Mall of the Emirates and to commercial centres like Media City or Internet City. The hotel with 102 rooms is scheduled to open in 2017. Park Inn by Radisson Jubail Corniche, a conversion, will welcome the first guests in early 2016 -- comprising 69 rooms, a restaurant, a coffee shop, three meeting rooms, a gym, a spa and a pool.

Park Inn by Radisson Jubail Industrial City will be a new built property opening in early 2018 and offering 156 rooms, a restaurant, a conference area and six meeting rooms, and a gym.

Raffles Istanbul is 'over the top luxury'

CONDE Nast Traveler Hot List 2015, showcases 60 hotels from the world that have depute last year. Showcasing only the creme de la creme of newly opened properties, Raffles Istanbul was chosen within the "Over The Top Luxury" category for its sleek, newly-built modern property with impeccable high-tech hardware in its rooms, its gorgeous and lush Turkish textiles, handicrafts, lanterns, and dramatic, oversized framed photos of its most famous sites.

Raffles Istanbul sits in the heart of the cutting-edge Zorlu Center, a modern-day bazaar where fashion, fine food and the arts converge on the European shore in Be?ikta?. This rich heritage is reflected in the light and airy interiors designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA).

Raffles Istanbul, also featured in this year's It List by Travel+Leisure, offers its guests 136 guestrooms and 49 suites -- all spacious and filled with light, blending Turkish and contemporary design and offering everything the modern traveler demands. Floor to ceiling windows lead to furnished private terraces and balconies, for lofty views over the Bosphorus and the city.

Rezidor renews vows for Diplomat Bahrain

THE Rezidor Hotel Group announced an extension of its partnership with National Hotels Company Bahrain for 15 more years. The partnership will continue the group's legacy in the Kingdom, as the operating partner for one of Bahrain's most iconic hotels -- the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa.

The partnership between the Rezidor Hotel Group and National Hotels Company Bahrain was initiated in 2000, which saw the Radisson Blu assume management of the 246-room Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel. In 2005, the property was expanded with the addition of the 121-room Diplomat Radisson Blu Residence & Spa, the first Zen-inspired Spa in Bahrain.

"We are thrilled to announce the extension of our partnership with National Hotels Company Bahrain, to continue serving the Kingdom with our unique hospitality through such a landmark property," says Mark Willis, area vice-president for the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, The Rezidor Hotel Group.

Five-star hotel street prices mini bar

JANNAH Burj Al Sarab Resort newly received the first sample of branded items to its new minibar labelled with exclusively unmatched prices when compared to other five-star hotels across the city.

Nehme Imad Darwiche, founder and chief executive officer of Jannah Hotels & Resorts said, "We will be the first five-star hotel in all of UAE to provide minibar items at street prices. Our guests are ultimately why we exist and we continuously look for angles and ways to exceed their expectations and the value we provide. Offering minibar items at street prices seemed to be the right addition for our first-class guests."

Jannah Hotels and Resorts' latest hotel, Burj Al Sarab, opened in Abu Dhabi's Al Mina area on May 1 with 318 rooms.

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