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Audio: Sowwah Square on Al Maryah is being seen as the new business district of the UAE capial Abu Dhabi and is attracting key international organisations. The luxury hotel brand Rosewood has just opened their first property in the region and Phil Blizzard speaks with Roddy Gordon, Director of Marketing, Rosewood Abu Dhabi to find out what the brand is about, what can be expected in this property, which is owned by Mubadala, and their location in Sowwah Square.
Audio: The Thai hospitality brand Dusit Thani expands its Middle East presence with the opening of a new property in Abu Dhabi. Phil Blizzard talks to Stefan van der Kruyf, Director of Sales & Marketing, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi about the expansion of the brand in the region and the key aspects of the new hotel.
Audio: Global Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) totals approximately US$5.3 trillion in assets under management, with the second largest being Abu Dhabi's "ADIA". In this interview, based around a recent report highlighting trends in SWF in the Middle East, Phil Blizzard talks to Vikas Papriwal, Partner & Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds & Private Equity, UAE & Oman.
Audio: The demand for mid-level hotels is likely to be significant as Dubai aims for 20 million visitors per year by 2020. At the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, organised by MEED and The Bench, Russel Sharpe, COO - Hotel Division, Landmark Hospitality talks to Phil Blizzard about their development pipeline, brand values and the future demand for hotels in the mid-level sector.
Audio: A new hotel brand for the new generation of business executives, entrepreneurs and leisure travellers is how Emaar have described their Vida Hotels and Resorts. At the Arabian travel Market Phil Blizzard spoke with Stefan Viard, GM, Vida Downtown Dubai to find out more on the aims of the new brand and what their first hotel will offer.
Audio: Omar Samra, Founder & CEO, Wild Guanabana in conversation with Phil Blizzard talks about his passion for climbing and what it meant to summit Mount Everest, being the first Egyptian and the youngest Arab to conquer the world's highest peak. He also talks about his major career move, from the coporate world of banking to that of adventure tourism.
Audio: Marc Dardenne, former CEO of Emaar Hospitality who launched The Address and Armani hotels in Dubai talks to Phil Blizzard at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference about his new venture in Singapore. As CEO of Patina Hotels & Resorts he will be creating a new style of luxury hotels and hopes to bring the brand to the Middle East.
Audio: Omar Samra, Founder & CEO, Wild Guanabana talks about sustainable and adventurous tourism with Phil Blizzard and the locations they visit and how local partners are selected. He also explains the origins of the name for his business which came about during an expedition in South America.
Audio: A look at the key trends in the real estate market for the first quarter of 2013. Phil Blizzard talks to Bharat Kumar, Marketing Director, Propertyfinder.ae on the day they publish the first report for the year 2013. Listen to discover what is happening to both the rental and sellers markets in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Audio: The FIFA World Cup is probably one of the largest events in the MICE sector of the travel and tourism industry and with Qatar hosting the 2022 event we speak with Abdulla Malalla Al Bader, Director, Qatar Tourism Authority. He talks to Phil Blizzard about their hotel pipeline, the range of sporting events which they host, the cultural attractions and the importance of the MICE sector.
Audio: Singapore is seeing a substantial rise in visitors from the Middle East due to the increasing number of airlines flying into the island state. Mohamed Hafez Marican, Area Director Middle East & Africa, Singapore Tourism Board talks to Phil Blizzard about key events and attractions which are helping to boost visitor numbers. He explains what Singapore can offer compared with other well know Asia cities, and they talk about the strong ties between Dubai and Singapore, along with the forthcoming 'Art Route' collaboration.
A significant number of companies don't pay enough attention to corporate information security practices, according to a Kaspersky Lab survey, in association with B2B International. The survey, conducted in November 2012, polled over 5,000 senior IT managers worldwide and found that 35% of companies expose corporate data to unauthorised parties by failing to use encryption technologies. Steven Bond spoke to Nikolay Grebennikov, Chief Technology Officer, Kaspersky Lab, about different types of encryption and how they are effective for enterprise security.Previously: Understanding encryption - from ancient Sparta to modern businesses
Audio: A forum organised by Emirates for the hoteliers of Dubai has served as platform for the airline to showcase their development strategy, and in particular new source markets. Phil Blizzard talks to Marc Bennett, Divisional Senior VP, Destination & Leisure Management, Emirates about the key messages they are putting to hotel executives in their drive to increase tourism to Dubai.
Audio: "We have big objectives this year, to become global, we want to be in every single continent" say Fadi Malas, CEO, Just Falafel in conversation with Phil Blizzard. He said they are getting strong response from Brazil for future expansion and also talks about new product development and the importance of social media in their growth.
Audio: The newly launched distribution platform from Travelport is aimed at aggregating information from a number of sources to enable travel agents keep abreast of the ever evolving and changing airline landscape. Phil Blizzard talks to Will Owen Hughes, Snr Director, Airline Services, ME&A, Travelport about the focus of the new merchandising platform for airlines in the Middle East.