Interviews & Features

Cover Story: The JA Way

by Mahak Mannan | 21 Apr 2019

It’s a year of rapid change for JA Resorts & Hotels, one of Dubai’s longest-serving homegrown hospitality brands. Fresh blood in the leadership team is catapulting the company into the future with a new vision and mission, a reinvigoration of the brand, new properties, and renovations. Mahak Mannan catches up with Anthony Ross, CEO of

New Cluster General Manager of Grand Millennium Dubai and Business Bay

by Staff Writer | 18 Apr 2019

Grand Millennium Dubai and Grand Millennium Business Bay has named Mrad El Khoury as the new Cluster General Manager of the two 5-star properties in Barsha Heights and in Business Bay. El Khoury joins the hotels with a wealth of experience in the Middle East hospitality sector having previously held several positions within international and

Sami Ounalli puts on his Resort Manager hat at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

by Staff Writer | 18 Apr 2019

. Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba is pleased to welcome Sami Ounalli as new Resort Manager. The passionate Tunisian hotelier gained his in-depth tourism, hospitality and leadership experience over the last 20 years at hotels and travel agencies throughout the Middle East and Africa. Sami began his career by managing sales and marketing

Hain Celestial Expands In The MEA Region

by Mahak Mannan | 24 Mar 2019

Rajnish Ohri, managing director, IMEA, Hain Celestial Group, a leading organic and natural products company with operations in North America, Middle East, Europe, and India tells us about the company’s expansion plans. Tell us about your company Our Purpose is to create and inspire A Healthier Way of Life and our mission is to be the

Zero In On Sustainability

by Mahak Mannan | 12 Mar 2019

With sustainability on the rise in the industry, Zero Gravity, one of the leading beach clubs in the region is prioritising its responsibility towards the environment, whether that be through beach cleanups, doing away with plastic or rethinking waste management strategies. We caught up with the general manager, Peter Skudutis on their efforts to drive an

WATCH: Enterprise Singapore At Gulfood 2019

by Mahak Mannan | 26 Feb 2019

We spoke to Bernice Tay, director of food manufacturing Division at Enterprise Singapore about their participation at Gulfood.    

WATCH: ITA Highlights Latest Culinary Food Trends At Gulfood

by Mahak Mannan | 17 Feb 2019

Gianpaolo Bruno, trade commissioner to the UAE, Oman, and Pakistan at the Italian Trade Agency tells us about their participation.   Speaking at the first day of Gulfood 2019, Bruno said: “The Italian pavilion is 2000 sqm and hosts 180 Italian companies offering the best of Italian produce in terms of food ingredients and business proposals

Cover Story: The Gatekeeper

by Mahak Mannan | 14 Feb 2019

Enrich, belong, engage, innovate. These are the four pillars that Gates Hospitality firmly believes in and practices as its brand ethos, the pillars that have led the group to continuously run its business successfully and make it commercially viable, which is not the reality for many of its counterparts in the hospitality industry, especially in

A Wave Of Success

by Mahak Mannan | 13 Feb 2019

Solutions Leisure, the name behind some of the region’s most successful dining and nightlife venues have launched a brand-new concept, Wavehouse, at Atlantis The Palm. From the bowling alley and arcade area to a waverider, the new destination aims to address a gap in the market for family-friendly nightlife venues. Mahak Mannan caught up with

Chef Focus: The Italian Job

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Jan 2019

We spoke to chef Mariangela Ruggerio, the recently appointed head chef at Certo, Radisson Blu Dubai Media City, on her journey as a chef. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I had been working in sales and banking since I completed my education in Business Economics but after years of sitting behind a desk,









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