Fairmont Quasar Istanbul scoops national, regional awards

The presidential suite in Fairmont Quasar Istanbul
Updated 25 November 2017

Fairmont Quasar Istanbul scoops national, regional awards

Rising above the slopes of the Bosphorus, Fairmont Quasar Istanbul opened in January this year. The hotel has recently won the “Best City Hotel Turkey” and “Best City Hotel Europe” awards while achieving the International Five-Star Hotel Standard.
The International Hotel Awards is a global competition that determines the finest hotels and hospitality companies in the world. A gala dinner and presentation took place on Oct. 26, where the winners of the awards were announced.
The Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, as the Europe regional winner in the “Best City Hotel” category, serves as a hub in the heart of Istanbul for the well-traveled.
“A new icon for the vibrant Mecidiyeköy district, Fairmont Quasar sits at a crossroads in Istanbul — where eclectic neighborhood bazaars and colorful side streets meet modern shopping centers and commercial properties,” a press release said. “Set on the site of the 1930’s Robert Mallet Stevens’ designed Art Deco liquor factory, Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, with its 209 rooms, various culinary venues, art collection in the hotel and Willow Stream Spa, blends a sense of urban culture and industrial flair with the city’s storied traditions and a strong sense of place.”
Hundreds of entries from across Europe were scrutinized by the judging committee, which is chaired by Viscount John Thurso, as well as over 50 global experts. Stuart Shield, president of the International Hotel Awards, and Thurso presented the award to Kai Winkler, general manager of Fairmont Quasar Istanbul.

Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

Updated 26 June 2019

Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

DUBAI: China’s Tencent Games has chosen Dubai as regional headquarters for its Middle East and North Africa operations, with Dubai Internet City housing the gaming giant’s office.

Tencent Games was launched in 2003 and has since grown into a global platform for game development, publishing and operation. Its ownership stakes and alliances with many major video game companies includes Fornite, Ubisoft, Activision-Blizzard, Riot Games, Supercell and Take-Two Interactive Software.

The opening of Tencent Games’ regional headquarter is an indication of increased activities in the local and regional games industry which covers digital entertainment, education and cultural experiences, a statement said.

According to market research firm Newzoo, the revenue of the UAE games sector is estimated at $324 million (1.2 billion dirhams) in 2019. Furthermore, over 80 percent of smartphone users in the UAE play mobile games, it said.

The UAE has the highest mobile penetration rate in the world at 173 per cent – nearly double the country’s population, according to a report by Statista released in late 2018. This is a considerable figure and represents a wealth of opportunities for game developers, with revenues from mobile games representing more than half the income generated in the entire industry.

“Gaming moves beyond entertainment and is increasingly used to engage and educate, and as more gamers and creative enthusiasts enter the industry, we can certainly expect the market to develop rapidly in the coming years,” Ammar Al-Malik, managing director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City said.

Vincent Wang, general manager of the Global Publishing Department at Tencent Games, said: “The UAE’s high mobile and internet penetration is an extremely encouraging indicator for tech firms across the world, and is especially relevant to the global games industry.”