Ras Al Khaimah talk at the United Nations in Geneva

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Dec 2017

Tourism in Ras Al Khaimah was very much on the agenda when Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) spoke on a panel at the closing ceremony of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017. The panel, which was held in Geneva on 19 […]

Avani Muscat Hotel scheduled for mid-2020

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Dec 2017

Minor Hotels has signed a management agreement with Safari International Group for a new Avani hotel to be developed in Muscat, Oman. The 250-key Avani Muscat Hotel is scheduled to open in mid-2020. Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels, said: “Bringing Avani to Oman is a key component of our strategic expansion plans and we are delighted to […]

Greenhouse signs major deal with ICCA Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Dec 2017

Greenhouse Foodstuff Trading has announced a major partnership with the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai. Greenhouse Foodstuff Trading will be supporting ICCA by providing quality products for all their trainings, and also by sponsoring events and exhibitions. In return, ICCA will promote Greenhouse’s brands and products in their day-to-day operations and in events. […]

Feature: From Mumbai with spice

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Dec 2017

A favourite of Sir Paul McCartney, Demi Moore and Amir Khan, India’s favourite celebrity dining spot, Khyber, arrived in Dubai in 2017. Keen to experience India’s most talked about restaurant, Patrick Ryan sat down to lunch with owner Sudheer Bahl. Dubai isn’t short of famous Indian chefs – or famous Indian restaurants. From Atul Kochhar’s […]

AED4.6 billion worth of deals struck at SIAL Middle East

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Dec 2017

Organisers of SIAL Middle East have confirmed that deals worth AED4.6 billion were recorded at the eighth edition of the three day exhibition – boosted by an increase in participants which attracted more than 26,000 visitors and experts from the food, beverage and hospitality industry. Thamer Rashid Al Qasemi, chairman of the organising committee for SIAL […]

B’dou Cafe launches in Dubai’s City Walk

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Dec 2017

B’dou Café has opened in Dubai’s City Walk with the promise of a traditional Bedouin experience, combined with contemporary cuisine. “We wanted to create a space that lets expats and locals alike discover and experience true Bedouin hospitality. Our café is a tribute to the region’s heritage, culture and traditional values. As you enter B’dou […]

Alloro opens with mandate to bring taste of Florence to Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Dec 2017

Alloro Ristorante has opened for business at Wyndham Dubai Marina Hotel.  Chef Matteo Rizzello, the speciality chef of Alloro Ristorante, said he draws his inspiration for the menu from a number of traditional culinary practices in an attempt to show the UAE the innate hospitality and passion of the Italian spirit, such as lamb ossobuco, eggplant […]

Gallery: ICCA Dubai Graduation

by Patrick Ryan | 19 Dec 2017

Some of the biggest names in the catering industry were in attendance for the graduation ceremony of students at the International Centre of Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai last week…

Radisson Blu Resort, Al Khobar Half Moon Bay opens in Saudi Arabia

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Dec 2017

Radisson Blu has opened its first resort in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Radisson Blu Resort, Al Khobar Half Moon Bay is home to 137 rooms, suites and private chalets. Tim Cordon, area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said:“We are delighted to bring the Radisson Blu brand to Al Khobar, […]

InterContinental Hotel Group Fujairah Resort opens

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Dec 2017

The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) has announced the opening of its new resort in Fujairah. The InterContinental Hotel Group Fujairah Resort will be home to 190 guest rooms, 44 Club InterContinental Rooms and 38 suites. Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of our first […]

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