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    J M Marquis Dubai Pt 1 – Worlds tallest hotel opens

    Audio: The world’s tallest hotel, standing at 355m has opened in the heart of Dubai with their focus being very much the convention market. Phil Blizzard meet up with Rupprecht Queitsch, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai to talk about the positioning of the property and the significance of the recent announcement by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum for the go-head to complete of the hotels second tower, which will take the number of rooms to beyond 1600.

    Listen Audio » United Arab Emirates:Tuesday, December 04 - 2012 @ 10:17
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    TravelTalk Pt 2 – Holiday Inn 60 years and regional expansion

    Audio: Travel Talk looks at the 60th Anniversary of Holiday Inn with Phil Blizzard talking to Spence Wilson about some of the innovations which they introduced into the hospitality industry – from technology to the first use of credit cards. Pascal Gauvin, COO, India, MEA provides an overview of the regional presence of Holiday Inn and their expansion plans.

    Listen Audio » United Arab Emirates:Monday, December 03 - 2012 @ 11:24
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    TravelTalk Pt 1 – Dreamliner in Doha, Emirates profits and Holiday Inn 60 years

    Audio: Travel Talk looks at the 60th Anniversary of Holiday Inn with Phil Blizzard talking to Spence Wilson, son of the founder, and also Pascal Gauvin, COO, India, MEA on regional developments. Travel News includes profits announced by Emirates Airline and Air Arabia, the arrival Qatar Airways Dreamliner and the opening in Dubai of the world’s tallest hotel. Plus news on Dubai openings for The Conrad and Fairmont Palm Jumeirah.

    Listen Audio » United Arab Emirates:Wednesday, November 28 - 2012 @ 14:58
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    Abu Dhabi global leader for bespoke Rolls Royce

    Audio: Abu Dhbai tops the world in sales of bespoke Rolls Royce cars, with spoke version costing over 2.3million dirhams. Phil Blizzard talks to Kadhim al Helli, Brand Manager, Rolls Royce, Abu Dhabi Motors about the creativity and options available with the various bespoke options – which range from light to heavy. He also talks about the state of the luxury car market where Abu Dhbai is expected to see sales of more than 130 luxury Rolls Royce cars during 2012.

    Listen Audio » United Arab Emirates:Wednesday, November 28 - 2012 @ 13:15
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    Abu Dhabi economy on track to reach Vision 2030 goals

    The Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 plan expects revenue from the non-oil sector to account for 60% of the GDP. At the 7th Annual MEED Abu Conference Phil Blizzard talks with H.E. Mohammed Omar Abdulla, Undersecretary, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, about their economic performance, SMEs, DFI and the new Industrial Development Bureau, along with emerging investment opportunities.

    Listen Audio » United Arab Emirates:Monday, November 26 - 2012 @ 10:50
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    Dubai position as trade hub extremely strong – Chief Economist, Middle East, Citi

    Audio: The DIFC Forum 2012 had the theme of ‘The Shifting Centre of Gravity’ and on that Phil Blizzard talks to Dr Farouk Soussa, Chief Economist – Middle East, Citi for his interpretation. The economist also talks about key factors which determine the price of oil and the impact of the US becoming energy self-sufficient. On the subject of major projects he calls for the need to question their sustainability and economic viability, and made calls for co-ordination to avoid ‘follies in replication’

    Listen Audio » United Arab Emirates:Sunday, November 25 - 2012 @ 10:55
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    H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair opens DIFC Forum

    Audio: The theme for the 2012 DIFC Forum is ‘The Shifting Centre of Gravity’ and the essence of this is explained by H.E. Abdul Aziz al Ghurair, Chairman, DIFC Authority Board of Directors. Talking to Phil Blizzard at the event he gives his views of this shift, the role the DIFC can play with emerging markets and the importance of China, along with the key focus of the DIFC in 2013.

    Listen Audio » United Arab Emirates:Wednesday, November 21 - 2012 @ 13:26
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    UAE spearheading surge in Middle East online travel sales

    Audio: On-line travel spend in the UAE during 2011 reach $4.7bn and is expected to double by the end of 2014, according to research released by Travelport, with Middle East on-sales to top $15.8bn. Phil Blizzard talks Rabih Saab, President & MD, Travelport, MEA about the key factors driving this growth, how on-lines will impact off-line travel agencies and the technology available to make access to data, both on-line and off-line, more streamlined.

    Listen Audio » United Arab Emirates:Tuesday, November 13 - 2012 @ 10:56
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    NYPD fire expert calls for tower block rescue mapping in UAE

    The Dubai Helicopter and Conference is held every two years and this year moved to The Meydan, which is broadening the use of its facilities …

    Listen Audio » United Arab Emirates:Monday, November 12 - 2012 @ 14:34
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    McLaren Automotive, ME sees Al Habtoor Motors take global pole position

    One year on from the launch of McLaren Automotive in the Middle East their Dubai dealer, Al Habtoor Motors, takes pole position as the being the most successful McLaren retailer in the world. Phil Blizzard talks to Mark Harrison, Regional Director, MEA, McLaren Automotive about their debut year in the region and their customer profile, customization by the McLaren Special Operations division and the new one million dirham plus MP4-12C Spider.

    Listen Audio » United Arab Emirates:Sunday, November 11 - 2012 @ 14:15






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