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Al Ghurair welcomes new group CEO

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jun 2017

Al Ghurair, the UAE-based diversified industrial conglomerate with key businesses in food, resources, properties, construction, energy and ventures, has announced Samer Alhaj as its new group chief executive officer. Alhaj has 35 years of multi-industry experience gained in the US, Asia and the GCC region, where he has developed strategic expertise in the fields of […]

The Coffee Club vows to serve only UTZ-certified coffee

by Crystal Chesters | 15 Jun 2017

Australian brand, The Coffee Club, which has several outlets in the UAE, has announced that it will only service UTZ certified coffee. UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and the planet by training them to use more sustainable methods. Through the UTZ programme farmers grow better crops and […]

Magnolia Bakery partners with online gifting platform

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Jun 2017

New York-founded baked goods brand, Magnolia Bakery, has partnered with online gifting platform,, to offer its cakes and cupcakes as presents. Prepared from scratch each day on-premises with quality ingredients, items from Magnolia include whole cakes, banana pudding, cupcakes, gift boxes and a range of home baking products. David Singleton, VP of hospitality at […]

Spill the Beans: Maya La Chocolaterie

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Jun 2017

Sonya Janahi, deputy chairperson & CEO of Maya La Chocolaterie & The Living Concepts explains how she has created a chocolate empire out of Bahrain. What is your career background? I have enjoyed a diverse career in the banking and telecom industries spanning over 25 years, with specialised know-how in the areas of retail, investment, […]

Media One Hotel launches Ramadan sharing fridge

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Jun 2017

This Ramadan, Media One Hotel has installed a sharing fridge accessible to those in need in Dubai Media City. Executive chef Girish Babu and his team have been stocking the fridge daily with items including fresh fruit, water and juice for those in need. The sharing fridge is part of the ‘Media One Cares’ initiative, […]

Middle East’s Frozen food market set to grow in lead up to 2020

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Jun 2017

A new report from Future Market Insights (FMI) entitled ‘Frozen Food Market: Middle East and North Africa Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 – 2020’, highlights strong growth in the frozen food sector in the Middle East in the lead up to 2020. Convenience is the key factor driving the growth of frozen food consumption […]

Fairmont The Palm appoints chef de cuisine

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Jun 2017

Fairmont The Palm, Dubai, has hired new chef de cuisine, Romain Van Durmen, from Belgium. With more than 10 years’ experience, Romain will manage The Chef’s Palette, an interactive cooking experience for groups and individuals, hosted in the resort’s dedicated cooking studio. Fairmont The Palm executive chef Alain Gobeil commented: “I am thrilled to have […]

Man’oushe Street signs franchise deal for 25 outlets in Riyadh

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Jun 2017

Middle Eastern street food restaurant, Man’oushe Street, has signed a strategic master franchise agreement with Saudi Arabia-based investment company, Al Rajhi Group. The deal will see the brand debut in Saudi Arabia and open 25 Man’oushe Street branches in Riyadh, with two to launch before the end of 2017. Khalid Abdullah Al Rajhi, Al Rajhi […]

Cover story: Out the Gate

by Crystal Chesters | 11 Jun 2017

Naim Maadad, CEO of Gates Hospitality, one of Dubai’s most successful homegrown hospitality investors, is ready to take London by storm with the company’s first international venture. By Crystal Chesters All this and the dust has only begun to settle on two highly-anticipated outlets that opened at Madinat Jumeirah earlier this year – Folly by […]

Fortieth Host Milan set to outshine previous edition

by Crystal Chesters | 11 Jun 2017

The 2017 edition of hospitality exhibition, Host Milan, is currently outperforming the 2015 event in terms of visitor and exhibitor numbers. Already, 1,824 companies have confirmed their attendance at the 40th edition of the show, which is set to take place at FieraMilano from Friday 20 – Tuesday 24 October. These include 1,092 Italian companies […]

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