Interviews & Features

Spill the Beans: Mitts & Trays

by Crystal Chesters | 26 Mar 2017

Amna Al Hashemi, director and founder of Mitts & Trays reveals how she evolved her home-based baking business into an elegant and homely restaurant on Dubai’s City Walk 2. Please describe the concept of Mitts & Trays? Mitts & Trays is an elegant café and restaurant with a menu based on gourmet quality fresh and […]

Rise of the robots

by Patrick Ryan | 23 Mar 2017

Patrick Ryan reports on how the hospitality industry is incorporating robotics and artificial intelligence into hotel operations. When you imagine how the hotel industry is going to embrace robotics, it is easy to conjure up images of a hotel lobby whirring with the sounds of machines, from the robotic receptionist behind the counter to the […]

Marketplace: Bathroom suppliers

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Mar 2017

We speak to suppliers of bathrooms about how they are meeting the demands from the latest trends in the sector. Meet the panel: Mark Twitchell, director of international specific sales, Vado Rachael Towl, regional sales manager, ME Guest Supply Sophay Young, senior project designs consultant, Sanipex What is your best selling product? Mark: Currently our […]

Wyndham Hotel Group in focus

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Mar 2017

Wyndham Hotel Group Regional Vice President, Middle East and Africa Ignace Bauwens talks about the group’s performance in 2016 and the challenges ahead. What were the hotel group’s key achievements and milestones in 2016? We introduced our Wyndham brand to the UAE in 2016 with the opening of the luxurious Wyndham Dubai Marina. Situated in […]

Talent Interview: Eric Ballard

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Mar 2017

The group beverage manager of Sunset Hospitality explains his role looking after the beverage offer at Dubai’s Provocateur and the newly opened New York burger bar and restaurant, Black Tap. Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? My first role in the F&B industry was flipping pizzas and taking phone orders in Domino’s […]

The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia Preview

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Mar 2017

Saudi Arabia will see a record 68 new hotels and 29,033 hotel rooms open across its major cities in 2017, a new report has revealed. Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar and Makkah are set to be the Kingdom’s busiest areas for hospitality development, according to the Saudi Arabia Hotel Construction Overview carried out by TOPHOTELPROJECTS and […]

Cover story: It’s Festival Time

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Mar 2017

As Taste of Dubai celebrates its 10th year, Catering News examines the importance of food festivals for positioning the Middle East on the global F&B scene. Since Gordon Ramsay burst onto the Dubai restaurant scene in 2001 with the opening of Verre at Hilton Dubai Creek, the UAE has been steadily building its profile as […]

Third Vendor Show another success for Chef Middle East

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Mar 2017

Chef Middle East’s Vendor Show offered a day of live cooking demonstrations and tasting sessions giving F&B professionals the opportunity to network and find out more about Chef Middle East’s products and brands. Chef Middle East hosted the third edition of its highly successful Vendor Show on Tuesday 21 February at Prego’s restaurant in Media […]

Bord Bia promotes Irish produce on UAE Trade Mission

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Mar 2017

The Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, hosted a Trade Mission to the UAE during Gulfood 2017, promoting Irish produce in the region. The agency hosted two events with Michael Creed, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and Tara McCarty, CEO Bord Bia in attendance. The first event took place on 1 March at […]

Resorting to Fujairah

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Mar 2017

The Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort has very much marketed itself as the luxury alternative to the hyper pace of life in bustling cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Patrick Ryan left the city and made his way to the resort to catch up with general manager Omar Souab at the newly opened resort. There’s no […]









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