July to August 2013

July 1, 2013 in Magazines

Welcome to the July/August issue of Industry-ME magazine.

At the time of writing the month of Ramadan has commenced, bringing with it lots of important business decisions.

For many hotels and resorts, Ramadan is a time when special arrangements need to be met regarding the consumption of food and beverages. In this issue we talk to some of the major hotels in the region that are celebrating Ramadan and enjoying continued success.

The Burj Al Arab is one of the most iconic buildings in the whole of Dubai. The building that strikingly resembles the sail of a ship, on a man-made island, exudes 5 star luxury as we discover with Heinrich Morio, General Manager.

Located in Dubai’s Financial District, the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel was one of the very first 5 star hotels in the Emirate. Maintaining quality and the challenges of the retail environment is all part and parcel of everyday life for Grant Ruddiman, General Manager of Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Area Manager for the City.

Meanwhile at Palm Island – another remarkable feat of construction, emblematic of Dubai’s ambition – lies Atlantis, The Palm Hotel. We take a look behind the scenes at how innovation and recreation have helped the hotel to scoop a raft of international awards over the last few years.

Of course the hotel industry is reliant on business and tourism – both of which spawn a wealth of opportunities for other businesses. Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is certainly benefitting with passenger traffic increasing by 24 per cent in 2012, leading to a significant increase in financial performance, as we find out.

This month we are also delighted to share the thoughts of Bernhard Fonseka, CEO of Siemens Qatar, on the sustainable future of this fast-growing region.