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Hyatt to Open Over 20 New Luxury Hotels in Next 14 Months

Hyatt to Open Over 20 New Luxury Hotels in Next 14 Months

Hyatt Hotels said it will open over 20 new luxury hotels by the end of next year.
The hotelier will add properties under several brands including Andaz, Alila, Grand Hyatt, Miraval, and Park Hyatt, as well as some that will be part of the Unbound Collection.
The Park Hyatt brand will make an appearance in five new locations including Auckland, Doha, Jakarta, Suzhou, China, and Niseko, Japan. In addition, Hyatt will open …

Qatar to Offer Visa-Free Entry for Citizens of 80 Countries

Qatar to Offer Visa-Free Entry for Citizens of 80 Countries

Officials in Qatar announced Wednesday that, effective immediately, citizens from 80 countries will be allowed into the Gulf nation without visas.
In lieu of a visa, a multi-entry waiver will be issued to travelers at the point of entry. Travelers must present a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months, as well as a confirmed onward or return ticket.
Depending on the traveler’s nationality, the waiver will be valid for …

Arab Airlines Cancel Flights to Qatar; UAW Bars Qatar Airways from Airspace

Arab Airlines Cancel Flights to Qatar; UAW Bars Qatar Airways from Airspace

Following the severing of diplomatic relations between five Arab nations – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen – and Qatar, multiple airlines announced the cancellation of all flights to Qatar and Qatar Airways announced it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia.
Dubai-based Emirates said it was suspending flights to Qatar until further notice starting Tuesday. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad said on its website that it was also …

Saudi-Led Coalition Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Qatar, Shuts Down Access to Airspace

Saudi-Led Coalition Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Qatar, Shuts Down Access to Airspace

Five Arab countries – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen – announced early Monday that they were breaking off diplomatic relations with Qatar over that country’s support for Islamist groups and its relationship with Iran.
The five nations also said that they would cut off air and sea traffic to Qatar as well as refuse Qatari aircraft access to their airspace, a move that, among others, would …

Qatar Airways to Offer In-Flight ‘Laptop Loan’ Service to Counter Electronics Ban

Qatar Airways to Offer In-Flight ‘Laptop Loan’ Service to Counter Electronics Ban

Qatar Airways announced Thursday it would offer business-class passengers the use of a laptop while in flight to compensate for the ban on in-cabin electronic devices larger than a smartphone on flights to the United States.
The Doha-based airline said it was offering the Laptop Loan service to help provide “uninterrupted productivity” to its customers during flights.
The service will go into effect next week.
Passengers will be able to collect their loaner …

New Curio Collection Hotel Opens in Doha

New Curio Collection Hotel Opens in Doha

Hilton Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of a new Curio Collection hotel in Doha, Qatar. The AlRayyan Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton is the first of the brand’s properties to be located in the Middle East.
The hotel is connected to the Mall of Qatar, a shopping center that opened in December. Each of the property’s 201 guestrooms and suites offers floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as walk-in showers.
Dining establishments include …

Enterprise Opens Over 30 Car Rental Offices in Middle East

Enterprise Opens Over 30 Car Rental Offices in Middle East

Enterprise Holdings announced a significant expansion in the Middle East with the opening of 31 new rental car locations there.
The company said it added 29 joint National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car branches throughout the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan. Additionally, the company opened two Enterprise Rent-A-Car offices in Saudi Arabia.
The St. Louis-based company said that it plans to open additional locations in these four countries later …