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Meridien plans $2m beach upgrade

Le Meridien Al Aqah in the UAE emirate of Fujairah is investing $2m to rejuvenate and redesign the hotel's beach shoreline. The move was prompted in part by the effects of Cyclone Gonu in June 2007, the company said in a statement issued at the Arabian Travel Market 2008. The makeover will include the region's first hi-tech beach umbrellas featuring wi-fi call buttons for instant waiter service.