Interviews & Features

Minibars in the spotlight

by Patrick Ryan | 25 Apr 2017

For this month’s Marketplace section we take a look at some of the leading products available in the minibar market. MINIBAR DM50NTE  The Minibar DM50NTE is the latest product from Dometic and the company is banking on the noiseless 50 litre class mini bar being a huge hit. What makes it unique, says Mohammed Muwafi, […]

Avoiding the race to the bottom

by Patrick Ryan | 25 Apr 2017

John Gavigan, managing director of Arpal Gulf talks about the importance of avoiding the temptation of cutting corners when it comes to laundry solutions The commercial and on-premise laundry (OPL) sectors in the UAE are quickly growing with some estimates saying there will be market growth of 20 per cent per annum.  There’s no doubt […]

The Business: Raising the Game

by Crystal Chesters | 20 Apr 2017

Richemont Masterbaker Centre for Excellence in Baking and Pastry opened its doors in March with the objective of elevating the skill level of chefs specialising in pastry, bakery and chocolate in the Middle East. Catering News paid a visit to find out more. While Masterbaker Marketing was established in the UAE in 1992 to supply […]

Strength in numbers for Marriott International

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Apr 2017

The merger between Starwood and Marriott International sent shockwaves through the industry last September. But now that the dust has settled, what exactly has been the impact? Patrick Ryan finds out in an exclusive interview with Marriott International president Middle East and Africa Alex Kyriakidis Marriott International has been the talk of the industry since […]

New talent at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Apr 2017

In this month’s Talent section we speak to Iuliia Shmyglenko, group and events sales manager at Kempinski Hotel Mall Of The Emirates Describe your first ever role in the hotel industry? I started my career in hospitality working as a management trainee in the front office department of the Grand Mercure Shenzhen in China.  It […]

On the spot with Eddie Ignatius

by Patrick Ryan | 18 Apr 2017

This month we catch up with Eddie Ignatius, corporate director of innovation and quality at Time Hotels. What’s the best thing about your job? The best thing about my job is that it involves me in every aspect of the business, all the way through from the product, our services and standards, right up to […]

Chef focus: Cedric Darthial, Atlantis The Palm

by Crystal Chesters | 16 Apr 2017

Cedric Darthial has returned to Dubai after nine years in Asia to take up the role of executive chef at Atlantis The Palm. Catering News asks how he intends to tackle the challenge of overseeing 23 F&B outlets, 12,000 covers and 480 staff. Cedric Darthial has returned to Dubai after nine years in Asia to […]

Looking to the future: AHIC preview

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Apr 2017

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) returns for its 2017 edition at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah. The focus of this year’s event is being a catalyst for change and with that in mind, Hotel News Middle East hosted a special roundtable with students from The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management to see how the next generation of […]

What to expect at ATM 2017

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Apr 2017

Hotel News Middle East takes a look at some of the highlights of this year’s Arabian Travel Market: Expo 2020 Dubai: The Legacy: Monday, 24 April at 12.30pm The session kicks off proceedings at ATM and will assess the role of Expo 2020 in delivering the UAE government’s long-term vision for economic diversification. Panellists will […]

Arabian Travel Market preview

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Apr 2017

Arabian Travel Market returns to Dubai World Trade Centre from April 24-27, with the theme of experiential travel. Hotel News Middle East spoke to a number of key players in the industry about how hotels are not just a place to stay anymore but a platform for guests to immerse themselves in the local experience. […]









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