29 January 2019

Crystalbrook Collection’s new Riley hotel breaks the 5-star drought in Cairns

There hasn’t been a new five-star hotel in Cairns for 20 years. Now there are going to be three within 18 months. All thanks to a Dubai-based Syrian billionaire who holidayed in tropical North Queensland in 2016 and became so enchanted he invested a slice of his fortune in the region’s tourism industry. Muhammed Ghassan Aboud made his fortune from car franchises, real estate and retail but doesn’t own a […]

29 January 2019

The Riley hotel review: The new go-to accommodation in Cairns

THE PLACE Gleaming white, except for the 1000-square metre pool area, which is turquoise by day and sapphire by night, the brand-new, 311-room Riley in Cairns is an imposing presence, both physically and as a likely game-changer. The Crystalbrook Collection property, funded by Dubai-based, Syrian entrepreneur Ghassan Aboud, opened in November to enthusiastic local fanfare. THE LOCATION Riley is built on the old Rydges Tradewinds site on The Esplanade, which […]

18 December 2018

Forbes lists Ghassan Aboud Group in UAE’s Top 50 Companies

The illustrious list of companies included the country’s most reputed and leading business houses

16 December 2018

Ghassan Aboud Honored with Award for Excellence in International Business

The annual event organized by BNC Publishing recognizes business leaders that have established themselves distinctly as industry innovators, made significant contributions to the regional business arena, and set the benchmark for enterprises operating across the region

12 December 2018

Crystalbrook Collection expands into Newcastle

Crystalbrook Collection will open its newest hotel, Kingsley, towards the end of 2020. Newcastle’s iconic circular ‘Roundhouse’, which currently houses the Council Administrative Centre, will be transformed into the city’s first five-star hotel, with Crystalbrook Collection announcing today it will open a new property in the Hunter harbour city at the end of 2020. Initial surveys indicate a hotel development of 100 rooms will feature inside the property. Renderings from […]