This article showcases our top picks for the best UAE based Hospitality companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Hospitality industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top UAE Hospitality Companies
Hotel Data Cloud
Hotels rely on complex distribution networks with hundreds of booking channels to sell their rooms. These channels require detailed descriptive content about the hotels, highlighting their features, amenities, services, and facilities.
Distressingly, the content currently available is incomplete and even inaccurate, misleading, and obsolete. Hotel Data Cloud (HDC) is a content distribution platform that enables hotels to easily share detailed content and comprehensive information in a standardized, globally consistent format.
HDC captures over 600 attributes per property, multilingual descriptions, images with corresponding metadata and also temporary changes, such us undergoing renovations. This reduces manual workload and lets hotels efficiently control the narrative of their listing across all booking channels, improving their discoverability and leading to increased bookings and revenue.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are applied to generate personalized content and smart recommendations. Travel companies can access this content through HDC’s data feed, allowing them to provide detailed, consistent and reliable information to their customers.
All connected channels are immediately updated, which eliminates the need for hotels to perform redundant manual updates of various extranets. With an unrivaled depth of information, travel companies can fine-tune their hotel search functions with better filtering options, provide better recommendations and address customers with personalized offers that are tailored to their individual requirements.
This ultimately allow travelers to make smarter booking and arrive well informed without anxiety and uncertainty. Learn more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsCclWG9NEE.
ToggleMarket is a B2B digital marketplace for hotel furniture, equipment and operating supplies. Through its technology-driven B2B e-commerce solutions; end users are able to specify, quote and source directly from vendors across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
ToggleMarket’s brand and product portfolio caters to the aesthetic and often highly unique requirements of the hospitality sector.. .
Fundok is a cloud based guest experience management platform that targets the fast growing market of short term rentals. Fundok platform enriches travelers experience by providing them with relevant and localized information about their destination as well as access to a suite of services such as food delivery, grocery, bookings and reservations, as well as essential information on their apartment and area.
FunDok platform enables short term rental operators to enhance their guest’s experience by building loyalty, diversifying their revenue and differentiating from competitors.. .
Etihad Airways was established by Royal (Amiri) Decree in July 2003. It commenced operations in November 2003 and has developed into one of the fastest growing airlines in the history of commercial aviation.
The airline seeks to reflect the best of Arabian hospitality – cultured, considerate, warm and generous – as well as enhance the prestige of Abu Dhabi as a centre of hospitality between East and West. Their goal is to be a truly 21st century, global airline, challenging and changing the established conventions of airline hospitality..
Emaar Properties, a Dubai-based Public Joint Stock Company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, is a global property developer and provider of premier lifestyles. Emaar has been shaping landscapes and lives in the Emirate since the company’s inception in 1997.
The company specializes in creating value-added, master-planned communities that meet the full spectrum of lifestyle needs. A highlight of Emaar’s approach to developing integrated lifestyle destinations is Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre mega-project, home of Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, and The Dubai Fountain.
Emaar is extending its expertise in developing master-planned communities internationally, and today has a significant presence in several key global markets with established operations in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Turkey, USA, Italy, and Canada. Emaar has made extensive forays in the hospitality & retail sector with the current portfolio encompassing The Address Hotels + Resorts, and Armani Hotels & Resorts, among others.
In addition to the several community malls, Emaar Malls Group’s flagship shopping mall development, The Dubai Mall, has become the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, hosting 64 million visitors in 2012. Emaar’s focused expansion and diversification strategy sees it firmly positioned to take global center-stage as a multinational business group in the years to come..
Lulu Group International
LuLu Group International is a highly diversified entity with operations spanning a vast geographical landscape. Spearheaded by the retail division, LuLu Group has interests in Hypermarkets, Shopping Malls, Imports & Exports, Trading, Shipping, IT, Travel & Tourism and Education.
With an annual turnover in excess of US $ 6.9 billion and staff strength of over 40000, LuLu Group is considered a major player in the economic scenario of the Middle East. A true follower of ethical business practices, LuLu Group is a key partner in the development of the community..
DFS Middle East FZE
DFS Middle East FZE is an aviation company providing air charter and workforce transportation charter services.
Plan B Solutions
PlanB Solutions (PBS) is a fully- integrated customer loyalty program provider which ultimate goal is to provide creative solutions to customer loyalty and retention challenges in order for the company to feed off its competition. PBS is a Dubai-based company that has been pioneering with innovative Rewards and Loyalty Programs since 2012 in the GCC, Levant area, and Europe.
The company’s services have rapidly expanded and are now present in more than 15 countries with ambitious international expansion plans. We are delivering highly cost effective and customer centric solutions with excellent quality.
Our delivery model goes beyond the international standards that exceed the satisfaction of our customers. We add value to your business and help to grow in a better way..
The First Group
We have spent many years following our passion. To seek out unrivalled property investment opportunities that equal unparalleled returns.
Our expert eye for emerging markets led our founders from British roots to dynamic Dubai, where we became one of the first developers to recognize the city’s lucrative property investment potential. Now home to The First Group’s global headquarters, Dubai is the main location for our diverse property portfolio, which also encompasses the wider United Arab Emirates.
Meticulous research and an entrepreneurial spirit led us to specialize in the highly profitable world of hotel investments. We have made it our business to build iconic hotels, offering individual investors the opportunity to profit from purchasing hotel rooms and suites.
Our partnership with the world’s leading hotel operators also means these properties enjoy higher occupancy levels and greater rental rates – factors that in turn spell lucrative returns for our real estate investors. Take Dubai itself, where the hotel industry has been transformed into one of the world’s top performers, surpassing some of the most well established tourism destinations such as New York and Hong Kong.
We have witnessed firsthand this vibrant market go from strength-to-strength and the figures speak for themselves. With hotel occupancy soaring upwards of 88% in early 2013 and tourism touching 10 million in 2012*, we can hardly contain our excitement when it comes to inviting you to become part of this buzzing real estate industry.
Property investing with The First Group means more than just securing financial collateral. It is about creating a trusted partnership that will bring you continued prosperity.
Barrows Hotel Enterprises
Barrows Hotel Group is a real estate consultancy and investment company specializing in the hospitality sector in the GCC-region. Barrows is specialized in 5 star hotels and hotel resorts.
Real estate investor Barrows Hotels is founded in 2008 by Dutch entrepreneur Erwin Jager. After his first visit to the UAE in 2006 he sees opportunities for real estate and starts investing in Dubai.
By 2012, he decides to change the company perspective and steps into the hotel market which is growing rapidly in the UAE. Meanwhile the company has grown rapidly as well and the organization has grown into a strong and healthy sales company.
Together with excellent marketeers which mainly focuses on the institutional investor, private investors and private equity, we developed our Hotel Investment Vision 2030 focused on the fast growing GCC region. All our services are based on BaaS.
“Business as a Service”. Every service is tailor-made because all our customers are different in every way which means that our service needs to be a tailor-made business service solution as well.
The access and convenience of our customers is our priority. In fact the most exciting and complex part of a hotel business is the definition or sophistication of the concept.
Kerzner International, building new amazing experiences globally with the One&Only Resorts, Atlantis, and Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort.
Jumeirah International owns, manages, and operates a chain of hotels and resorts in the United States, United Kingdom, and Middle East. Its hotels facilitate various amenities such as luxury rooms and suites, fitness facilities, swimming pools, dining and nightlife venues, restaurants, cafes and bars, kids clubs, spas, and meeting and business facilities as well as access to various shopping and entertainment areas for corporate and leisure travelers.
The company also operates luxury serviced residences in London, United Kingdom; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Jumeirah International operates as a subsidiary of [Dubai Holding](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/dubai-holding)..
Stella Stays redefines the hospitality experience by using the power of technology to deliver outstanding experiences, services, comfort and style to guests across the globe – bridging the gap between hotel and homestay in a revolutionary way. Standard home stays provide an alternative accommodation but more often than not fail to meet important standards in overall experience, design and cleanliness.
However, the common hotel provides a cramped, lack-lustre space, leaving today’s modern traveller with two flawed options. Enter Stella Stays, a stand out among the holiday home competition for its tech-enabled brand..
Hozpitality Group owns the leading Hospitality job board in MEA, www.hozpitality.com , job board in India www.hozpitality.in, Dedicated Hospitality networking website www.hozpitalityplus.com , Exclusive Hospitality events company “Hozpitalityplus Events” and Hospitality Executive search company based in Canada “Hozpitality Consulting” a TV show for the hospitality Industry, Hozpitality Buzz- The Inside scoop. The group also organizes Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards and Middle East Chef Excellence Awards in Dubai.
The Group reaches out to over 1 million members from over 186 countries.. .
wasl Asset Management Group
wasl Asset Management Group is one of the largest real estate management companies in Dubai. It was established by DREC in 2008 to oversee the management of its assets and grow its real estate portfolio.
Through its three subsidiaries; wasl properties, wasl hospitality and Dubai Golf; wasl operates in various real estate, lifestyle, leisure, hospitality, and business sectors. wasl’s main objective is to strengthen Dubai’s position as the premier hub to live and work in and at the same time be the ultimate destination for tourists.
The property developer owns and manages over 35,000 residential units, which include villas, townhouses and apartments. It also developed retail community malls that host more than 400 retail units and is responsible for 5,500 industrial plots in 27 zones all over the city of Dubai..
Dubai Refreshments is one of the UAE’s leading homegrown companies and partners of the world’s most prominent brands.
DR MOHAMMAD ALAWANI
Founder of Infinity Lifestyle Management & Concierge, a luxury concierge for UHNW’s and people who are passionate about their choices
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Intercat Group is a provider of catering and banquet services, as well as restaurant franchising.
Mac Berry is U.A.E’s pioneer internet and mobile application developer. They develop application and even provide web based solutions to thousands of its clients.
Some recent applications developed by them include Q8 Restaurant. .
Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel
Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel is a heritage resort with modern spirit! Balancing world-class facilities with the legendary Arabian hospitality, it offers 254 beautiful rooms, suites and service residences, a remarkable range of restaurants and serviced residences, an array of leisure options and personalized service in a tranquil atmosphere to make your stay memorable. The grand exterior beckons with beautiful wind towers and arch-shaped entrance that are symbolic of traditional Arabian architecture.
The interiors are equally inviting and desirable blending modern design with exquisite Arabesque touches and the use of Mashrabiya decorative fretwork. In addition to full concierge services, commercial or leisure activities to retreat, The Ajman Palace is a perfect place for both grand and private occasions from exclusive VIP meetings to contemporary and traditional weddings.
It can accommodate every requirement with an array of meeting and reception venues, all backed up with dedicated service staff and catering facilities. Pride of The Ajman Palace goes to the Ballroom, the largest in the Northern Emirates at an impressive 1,200 sq meters complemented by a grand foyer for pre-vent gathering as well as two terraces where guests can enjoy the balmy weather during the winter and spring months.
Pearl of The Ajman Palace is the Encore Lifestyle Club, a modern sanctuary for relaxation and recreation, offers collection of wellness, rejuvenating treatments, state-of-the-art facility for fitness and fun. Personal trainers are on hand to offer assistance and advice to pace your workout benefits as well as designing customized fitness plans to meet your specific needs.
From the Moment you enter The Ajman Palace you will discover the blend of elegance inspired by the magic of the Orient.. .
Basmaty is a award-winning Arabic food wesbite, specialized in short-cooking video production. The website provides a wide range of recipes from all around the world, tutorial cooking videos and healthy living tips.
Basmaty is today the largest producer of arabic cooking videos online. What makes Basmaty unique is the user-friendly and detailed tutorials it provides in each of its recipes and videos.
With nearly 1 million monthly views on youtube, Basmaty cooking channel has become the number one Arabic food channel producing its own content. In 2012, Basmaty website was awarded ‘Top Media Online in the Arab World’ by Forbes Middle East.
The company has recently launched its first mobile application called ‘وصفات بسمتي’. Basmaty is the leading website offering tailor-made videos to its clients, allowing them to strengthen their presence online in a creative way.
The consistent quality of its service has allowed Basmaty to work with major brands such as Nestlé, Arla Foods, Lurpak, Moulinex, Telal, Sadia, DreamWhip and Samsung.. .
Shaza Hotels offers curated experiences set in contemporary-luxury spaces, designed for those who seek to explore and delight .
Action Hotels is a leading owner, developer and asset manager of branded three and four star hotels in the Middle East and Australia. Established in 2005, AHC currently operates thirteen hotels with a strong development pipeline which will see its portfolio increase to seventeen hotels providing a total of over 3,000 rooms by 2019.Our vision is to be the leading developer, owner and manager of branded economy and midscale hotels in the Middle East and Australia.
Our success is the result of strong relationships with leading international hotel operators and the careful execution of a focused plan to develop high quality assets in locations which have the potential for significant capital appreciation. Action Hotels is listed on AIM, the growth market of the London Stock Exchange..
Horizon and Beyond
Luxury Travel Magazine featuring the most amazing international as well as local luxury resorts in the Gulf region
Quillon Hospitality offers real asset owners and hotel operators outsourced strategic advisory and management services to meet their commercial objectives. Established in 2016, Quillon has extensive experience in the GCC, India, Asia and Indian Ocean markets.
The company currently represents over USD 800M worth of projects in India, Vietnam, Mauritius, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, and the GCC markets. Headquartered in Dubai, with representative offices in India, the company provides business-critical support from feasibility, concept design and development, management strategy, commercial strategy and implementation.
With a strong focus on growth and performance enhancement, Quillon also provides asset management, digital strategy, and outsourced sales representation support to drive incremental revenue from key feeder markets. The company is strategically aligned with HAMA MEA (Hotel Asset Managers Association – Middle East, Africa) and its leadership team are also advisory board members for key industry-shaping events and conferences..
StaffPlace provides jobs and employment options to people in retail, restaurants, events, hotels, bars. clubs, travel, and tourism sector.
A personal concierge service Think of something luxurious you’d really like to do next week. A relaxing spa, a culinary experience, a romantic holiday, or maybe you have an event like a birthday, anniversary, or just a friendly get together.
Think of all the hassle of arranging it. Now imagine your very own Personal Concierge taking care of it all for you..
Digital Arabia is a digital marketing agency that offers website design, web development, and hospitality solution.
Affrah – an Online Wedding Directory for Fulfilling Your Wedding Needs. Affrah is one of the leading companies in wedding planning – we are specialized but not limited to Wedding Stages , Table Arrangements , Hospitality & Catering, Flowers, Light & Sound System.
Our highly skilled staff can make your wedding unforgettable and remarkable event; they are well experienced and can provide high quality products and services for such remarkable events. افراح من كبرى الشركات الرائدهالمتخصصه في تنظيم حفلات الزواج المميزه حيث نقوم بتنظيمحفلات زفاف ذات طابع خليجي مع ترك بصمه من الابداع والابتكار و ذلك يتضمن وليس حصريا : تصميم و تنفيذ كوشالافراح الطاولات و الكراسي ، الضيافه، الورد ،الاضاءه و الصوت .
موظفينا الخبراء في تنظيم حفلات الزفاف سيجعلون حفلة زفافكيوم من ليالي العمر التي لا تنسى و ذلك بتقديم كافه التقنيات والخدمات المتميزه لمثل هذه الحفلات المميزه. .
Communique Digital is a social media and creative agency that promotes and markets restaurants, hotels and clubs.
Hint Feedback – CRM
Mobile Tablet Application and Back-end Web-application for collecting the Customer Feedbacks, Customer Details and responses/actions taken
National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels
National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels develops both tourism and commerce in the United Arab Emirates UAE.
Formula One Rent a Car
Formula One provides complete rent a car service in Dubai Marina. Starting from the economy cars up to today’s most luxurious cars we offer cheap car rental packages.
Formula One offers you a highly personalized and easy to follow 5 step online car reservations in Dubai Marina. Browse us online or simply walk-in to us; our courteous team of representatives has been serving the clients by providing the finest level of car hire services..
DUBAIGEEK LTD is a mobile app developer company which has developed apps like Ashpazi Lite.
Figaro’s is a renowned online Italian restaurant in Dubai and enables you to order your favourite pizza, pasta and other food instantly. Online Order Kids Meal pizza or make a call and get it delivered to your home.
Figaro’s Pizza in Sharjah provides services across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.. .
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