F&B leasing space available at new Saadiyat development

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Oct 2017

Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has announced F&B and retail leasing opportunities at Mamsha Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island’s new beachfront living project. More than 11,000m2 of leasable space is available and the approximate available shop size ranges from 50 m2 to 350 m2. The majority are beachfront units with indoor and outdoor

Arby’s opens first of 25 restaurants in Kuwait and KSA

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Oct 2017

American sandwich restaurant brand, Arby’s, has opened its first restaurant in Kuwait, as part of plans to roll out at least 25 restaurants across Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The new restaurant is owned and operated by Al-Kharafi Global for General Trading & Contracting Company-WLL (Kharafi Global). Paul Brown, chief executive officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group

The countdown is on for 40th Host Milan

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Oct 2017

Taking place this month, the 40th edition of Host Milan promises to build on the success of the previous edition with 2,081 companies already confirmed to attend compared to 2,010 during the 2015 show. There will be 1,255 Italian and 826 international firms from 51 countries in attendance at the biennial hospitality trade show, which will

Dubai’s The Tasting Class gets WSET approval

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Oct 2017

Dubai-founded The Tasting Class has become the first WSET approved programme provider for consumers. WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) is the largest international provider of grape and spirits qualifications, offering globally-recognised qualifications through 750 approved programme providers across the world. Led by international industry expert and experienced sommelier, Lindsay Trivers, The Tasting Class offers a

First phase of Al Seef tourism destination now open

by Crystal Chesters | 28 Sep 2017

The first phase of Al Seef, Meraas’ 1.8km-long dining, shopping and tourism destination in Dubai Creek, is now open to the public. Adjacent to Al Fahidi historic district, the development tells the story of Dubai through architecture and experiences. His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, group chairman of Meraas, said: “Dubai Creek holds a special place

New Places: Ravioli & Co

by Crystal Chesters | 28 Sep 2017

Greta Canevese and Khulood Khoury, co-founders of Ravioli & Co, introduce Dubai’s first traditional Italian trattoria. Please describe the concept of the venue in your words? Ravioli & Co is the first traditional trattoria – a small spot to enjoy simple food run by a family –  in Dubai. We are authentic and traditional with

Manzil Downtown takes on new head chef

by Crystal Chesters | 28 Sep 2017

Manzil Downtown has welcomed Salvatore Barcellona as its new head chef. In his new role, Barcellona will lead the culinary operations of the hotel’s dining venues, including The Courtyard, Boulevard Kitchen and Nezesaussi Grill. He will be tasked with managing the food preparation process and creating a varied menu with fresh, high-quality, seasonal and local

Tobacco and fizzy drinks to be taxed in UAE from 1 October

by Crystal Chesters | 28 Sep 2017

Details of the new excise tax set to come into effect in the UAE on 1 October, were revealed on Wednesday at a press conference in Dubai. It was announced previously that excise tax would be imposed on tobacco and energy drinks at 100%, carbonated drinks at 50% and tobacco products at 100%. The government

Bamboo Kitchen opens at Habtoor Grand

by Crystal Chesters | 28 Sep 2017

Thai restaurant Bamboo Kitchen has opened its doors at Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection in Dubai. Bamboo kitchen is described as a cosy and serene traditional Thai restaurant with a casual dining ambience, authentic Thai food. It has a terrace surrounded by gardens and water features and will offer live entertainment from a Thai dancer

Italian restaurant opens in Dubai’s JLT

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Sep 2017

Via Vita restaurant has opened in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers Cluster V, offering Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. Fronted by The OmNom Project, the interiors are inspired by the streets of southern Italy with dashes of turquoise, pale blues and greens and its own olive tree and Vespa. The menu brings traditional cooking and authenticity to

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