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Levantine restaurant Zaroob to open in Sharjah

by Staff writer | 26 Feb 2016

Zuhour Group’s Levantine restaurant brand Zaroob is set to open in Sharjah. A number of branches are already operating in Dubai, with locations on Sheikh Zayed Road, Palm Jumeirah and Global Village, and plans for further outlets. The menu includes dishes from across the Levant region and will have live cooking stations, an open kitchen […]

Largest Café Bateel in the world opens in Riyadh

by Staff writer | 25 Feb 2016

Gourmet food business Bateel International has opened Café Bateel in the retail and residential Olaya district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new venue is the largest café in the global Bateel portfolio, covering almost 9,000ft2 and seating up to 350 guests. The café also features a rooftop terrace and will serve up breakfast lunch and […]

New executive chef for Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

by Staff writer | 25 Feb 2016

Kim Gates has been appointed as the new executive chef at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Chef Gates will supervise Thai Silk & Spice, Corniche all day dining; French bakery corner, Le Café lobby lounge, Club Millésime executive lounge, and Grills @ Chill’O, for which he has introduced a new Friday brunch concept by the pool. […]

India’s Sangeetha restaurant opens eighth UAE outlet in Deira

by Staff writer | 25 Feb 2016

South Indian vegetarian restaurant Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant has opened a new branch at Al Ghurair Centre, Deira, marking its eighth UAE opening, 47th globally, and its first mall restaurant. The Chennai-based brand has been in the UAE for 15 years, and is franchised in the GCC and Hong Kong by and in partnership with LMZ […]

Abu Dhabi to Get UAE’s First Kababji Express

by Staff writer | 24 Feb 2016

Lebanese food chain Kababji Grill is to open its first UAE Kababji Express fast service concept in Abu Dhabi before the end of March, marking the first Kababji Express outside of Lebanon. Dubai-based Eathos will open the outlet under a master franchise agreement. Eathos CEO Faysal Younes said: “Abu Dhabi with its large Levantine and […]

F&B entrepreneurs warn new players to “lose the ego”

by Staff writer | 24 Feb 2016

Panellists at the Start-up Advice for the F&B Entrepreneur discussion at the Gulfood Conference advised new F&B business operators to be humble, to take advice from the right people, and to negotiate carefully with partners in order to successfully enter the market. Samer S. Hamadeh and Ziad Kamel, co-founders and managing partners of Aegis Hospitality; Karl […]

Shifting expat demographics means new F&B opportunities in Dubai

by Staff writer | 23 Feb 2016

At the Gulfood Conference in Dubai, experts at the F&B Business Forum discussed new opportunities for restaurants as the UAE market reaches saturation point. Naim Maadad, CEO, Gates Hospitality; Daniel During, principal and MD, Thomas Klein International; Nicholas Couvaras, MD, Kroma, Vikrant Rohatgi, associate director and lead – strategy group, deal advisory, KPMG; and Martin Kubler founder […]

Seventh Gulfood Awards celebrates innovation in F&B

by Staff writer | 22 Feb 2016

Twenty-one of the world’s food, beverage and hospitality industry innovators from three continents picked up awards at the seventh edition of Gulfood Awards, which took place at Conrad Dubai on Sunday 21 February. More than 1,000 industry decision-makers, celebrity chefs, exhibitors, customers, media and national groups attended the ceremony, which saw 18 accolades judged and […]

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid opens Gulfood 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Feb 2016

The 21st edition of the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade show, Gulfood was officially opened by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Dubai’s Deputy Ruler was accompanied by His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director […]

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri offers free main courses to ladies

by Staff writer | 20 Feb 2016

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi has launched a ‘Ladies Dine Free’ offer, which is available until the end of May. Every dining couple will receive a complimentary main course when visiting any of the hotel’s five restaurants. These include French fine-dining restauarant Bord Eau, Shangri-La’s signature restaurant Shang Palace and Vietnamese restaurant […]









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