Hotels & Palaces

Hotel developers continue to bet on the region as a must-go destination for business and leisure.

Designers from the US-headquartered Wilson Associates are currently creating stunning architectural interiors for some of the luxury hotels and resorts coming up in the Middle East. Among them are two key projects in the UAE: the Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort in Ras Al Khaimah, and the Vivanta by Taj, Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai.

At least six hotels – three of which are located on The Palm Jumeirah – are currently being built in Dubai using formwork systems from Paschal-Werk G Maier, according to Amir Delghandi, general director – Middle East from the local office of the German formwork specialist.

Ideal Standard, a leading European provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom solutions, is strengthening its position in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region with the opening of a new design centre in Dubai, UAE, this month.

German luxury bathroom specialist Hansgrohe is witnessing high demand for its luxurious and environment-friendly showering systems across the Middle East region.

Universal Building Material Merchants Company (UBM), a leading Saudi-based supplier of door hardware, specialised architectural hardware and mechanical products, has introduced a new range of electronic security products in association with the UAE-based Universal International (UI), the distributor for Amadeo products in the GCC.

Henkel Polybit Industries has recently launched new high quality tiling products, ranging from adhesives to grouts and primers, under the regional Polybit brand.

MIRZA WAQAR AHMAD, entomologist at the Saudi-based Masa Establishment, focuses on a major insect pest that is the bane of hospitality projects worldwide. Bed bugs are a dominant threat to hotels, palaces and luxury villas worldwide, and so is the case with the hospitality industry in Saudi Arabia.

French porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud has opened its first boutique in the UAE at The Dubai Mall. The new boutique offers Middle Eastern customers the best in porcelain from Limoges, a city in southwest-central France known for its decorated porcelain.