Interviews & Features

Six reasons to lock in The Hotel Show 2018

by Mahak Mannan | 17 Jul 2018

The Middle East’s leading hospitality event The Hotel Show Dubai returns this September and the organisers are promising its most hands-on hospitality experience to date. Gathering more than 30,000 international decision-makers, the annual exhibition is the premier platform for the Gulf’s ever-growing hotel industry, renowned for being the one-stop shop where general managers, buyers, restauranteurs

Chef Focus: Fresh From The Kitchen

by Mahak Mannan | 17 Jul 2018

The only thing constant on the menu of Gusto Italian Restaurant at Al Bandar Rotana, is fresh produce, with the menu offerings changing every three days based on fresh ingredients and we spoke to Fortunato Leocata, chef de cuisine, Gusto Italian Restaurant, Al Bandar, about the Italian venue. “Freshness and seasonality are the hallmarks of true

Opinion: Upsell your revenue

by Mahak Mannan | 12 Jul 2018

George Farouk, director of rooms division at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort says staff need to be trained on the right way to upsell guest experience. Around this time of the year, hoteliers are occupied reviewing 2018 financial plans and building strategies to generate more revenue for the hotel.  Upselling is one of the strategies used

Event preview: GulfHost 2018

by Mahak Mannan | 10 Jul 2018

Everything you need to know about the hospitality equipment sourcing expo. Following a triumphant launch in 2017, GulfHost is back for business from 30 October – 1 November 2018. Reflecting regional demand, the second edition of the Gulfood Hospitality and Food service Expo is doubling its sector coverage including dedicated zones for gelato and bakery and café and bar along with HoReCa. More than 2500 brands are revving up

On the Spot with Saad Audeh

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Jul 2018

Saad Issa Audeh, the chairman of Campbell Gray Hotels and the founding member & managing director of Audeh Group of companies is under the spotlight this month. What is the best thing about your job? The variety. I love design and get excited about creating something slightly different. I consider myself extremely fortunate that I

GM Interview: Putting Aloft Palm Jumeirah on the map

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Jul 2018

Donned in a denim jeans and blazer to blend in the semi-casual atmosphere at the recently opened Aloft, Palm Jumeirah, we spoke to general manager Max Wiegerinck on how the property is a game changer in Dubai’s hospitality market. Standing out from other properties under the same name, Aloft, Palm Jumeirah is giving a leisure

In Focus: Cream of Europe

by Mahak Mannan | 03 Jul 2018

Catering & Hotel News Middle East caught up with three chefs about their recent pastry trip to Singapore. To make a good dessert, the quality and consistency of the ingredients being used is of utmost importance to ensure the end product is exactly how a chef envisioned it to be and in order to achieve

Company Profile: Shokri Hassan Trading Company

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Jun 2018

Ali Karmostaji, general manager, Shokri Hassan Trading Company tells us about the latest developments in the market. What is your best selling product in the UAE? Our best selling product has to be the SanLucar brand of Bananas from Ecuador. What makes it unique? Bananas love the tropics so the experienced Ecuadorian growers always ensure

Company Profile: The Coffee Club

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Jun 2018

Ravi Chandran, CEO, Liwa Minor, tells us about their best-selling coffee products at The Coffee Club. Which is your best-selling coffee product? In the UAE, our best seller is what we refer to as the short café latte. What is unique about it? The coffee beans at The Coffee Club are a blend of Brazilian,

In the Mix: Keeping it Simple

by Mahak Mannan | 25 Jun 2018

Alejandro Legaspi, head bartender, Moe’s on the 5th at Sheraton Grand Hotel, tells us about his passion for mixology. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a simple person with a passion for mixology and mastered my skills from 8 years of experience in venues like Leon de Bruxelles, Left Bank, Fuego, Infinity Club









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