Top 10 Catalysts For Change Impacting Middle East Hotels
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Top 10 Catalysts For Change Impacting Middle East Hotels

Dubai, UAE. 26 February 2017. Hospitality industry experts shared their insights on trends, opportunities and challenges ahead of the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2017 (AHIC), being held at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai from April 25 to 27, in a series of exclusive webinars. The experts included Khalid Anib, CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels, who will...

AHIC 2016: Designing and Building Efficiently hosted by Mark Shea
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AHIC 2016: Designing and Building Efficiently hosted by Mark Shea

What do designers, engineers and contractors need to keep in mind when developing hotel properties? What is the optimal way to plan and construct a hotel, reduce costs and ensure operational efficiency? What challenges need to be considered? How to retrofit more energy-efficient systems to existing properties?

AHIC 2016: Increasing Efficiency to Maintain Returns
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AHIC 2016: Increasing Efficiency to Maintain Returns

With downward pressure on rates, increased supply in the market and growing operational costs in the region, how can owners protect their profits? Are there solutions to be found in technology and creative use of available space? What are operators doing for owners to drive market share/revenue and guarantee return on investment?

AHIC 2016: MIXED USE SCHEMES & BRANDED RESIDENCES – WHAT WORKS
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AHIC 2016: MIXED USE SCHEMES & BRANDED RESIDENCES – WHAT WORKS

Despite potentially lower returns, why are hotels a necessary element to mixed-use schemes? What positive contributions can hotels provide for the other parts of this asset type? Are branded residences becoming an essential element to these schemes, and what does a hotel brand bring to the table?

AHIC 2016: Skye Legon, CEO, BookBedder (introduced by Richard Dean)
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AHIC 2016: Skye Legon, CEO, BookBedder (introduced by Richard Dean)

Are major OTAs are under threat as hotels increasingly focus on direct booking and meta-search websites now allow instant booking? Where is online distribution heading, and how should hotels position themselves to anticipate changes in the competitive landscape? Skye talks from 02:30.

AHIC 2016: Islamic Finance as a Funding Option
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AHIC 2016: Islamic Finance as a Funding Option

How does Sharia compliant finance differ from traditional/western sources of money? Is it worth considering and for which markets? To what extent can it be integrated into the real estate and hospitality sectors? How does the future look for this source of finance?