Interviews & Features

The last straw for Jumeirah Restaurant Group

by Mahak Mannan | 22 May 2018

As of 18 March 2018, Jumeirah Restaurant Group has gone 100% plastic-free and we spoke to Emma Banks, general manager, Jumeirah Restaurant Group on why they are going green. Why did you take the decision to go plastic free? We have gone straw less with a commitment to becoming as free from single-use plastic as

The Fruit of Their Labour

by Mahak Mannan | 17 May 2018

From running a fruit and vegetable business to opening Dubai’s first Latin Fruit bar, the Karmostaji brothers tell Mahak Mannan about their journey to introducing a truly unique outlet in the UAE’s food and beverage scene. Although the Emirati brothers, Ali and Youssef Karmostaji, started working with their family business, Shokri Hassan Trading Company, right

‘Always believe in Dubai’

by Patrick Ryan | 15 May 2018

Dubai is still a great place to invest in a hotel according to one of the leading lights in the region’s property industry. Raj Sahni, owner and founder of RSG Group of Companies, was speaking to Hotel News Middle East after it was announced his company would be building the Sabah Rotana a five-star hotel

Industry perks up for Coffee Planet

by Patrick Ryan | 15 May 2018

Robert Jones, managing director of Coffee Planet speaks to Hotel News Middle East about his company’s latest offerings across the region…

Highlighting the fight for equality

by Patrick Ryan | 15 May 2018

Hotel News Middle East speaks to Assia Ricco, Evolvin Women, and Samir Arora, general manager of the MGallery by Sofitel…

In Focus: Boecker

by Mahak Mannan | 13 May 2018

Abdulhadi Chalak, country manager, Boecker UAE tells us why hygiene and food safety should be on the top of the agenda for food and beverage businesses. Tell us about the company. Boecker is the Middle East’s largest public health company. It provides a holistic range of products and services in pest management, food safety, bio-security

Cover story: Shaping The Future

by Mahak Mannan | 13 May 2018

From sharing a kitchen with some of the most famous chefs in the world and cooking for Princess Diana to nurturing budding culinary enthusiasts in the region the director of culinary arts at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Michael Kitts, speaks to Mahak Mannan about the pool of talent Dubai has on offer to

Why The Fast-Casual Segment Will Take Over Fine-Dining

by Mahak Mannan | 10 May 2018

New F&B concepts arriving in the UAE must focus on bringing value for money to the table to achieve success in a fiercely competitive market, according to Youssef El Habbal, CEO, Serenity Hospitality. Fast-casual restaurants fall between traditional, counter service fast food restaurants and casual dining establishments with table service and they have many elements that

Hilton on the rise in Egypt

by Patrick Ryan | 09 May 2018

Mohab Ghali, Hilton vice president operations Egypt and North Africa, talks to Hotel News Middle East about why we should be watching the market in Egypt… Please give us a brief overview of the market in Egypt in your words? We have a very positive view on the Egyptian market. 2017 was a great year for

Do guests care about hotels winning awards?

by Patrick Ryan | 09 May 2018

Firas Rashid, director of sales and marketing, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, looks at online travel forums versus traditional industry awards and asks which has the bigger influence? The impact of the internet phenomena and its effect in the hotel industry in recent years has created more competition than ever. Hoteliers will always face

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