Interviews & Features

Interview: Alan Stocker, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah GM

by Patrick Ryan | 21 Jun 2017

Ras Al Khaimah is an unsung hero of the Middle Eastern hospitality scene but that’s all going to change according to the newly appointed general manager of the emirate’s Waldorf Astoria, Alan Stocker. The general manager of Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah believes that people don’t realise just how much potential there is in the […]

Internet of Things can only get better

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Jun 2017

Florian Kriechbaumer, director of operations and development, Interel, explains why now is the time for the hotel industry to embrace The Internet of Things The Internet of Things (IoT), already a major trend in the consumer space with devices such as the Nest thermostat, Philips Hue smart light bulbs and Fitbit wrist bands that measure […]

Should your hotel use open pricing?

by Patrick Ryan | 20 Jun 2017

Michael McCartan, managing director, EMEA, Duetto Research, talks about open pricing and how it enables hotels to be free to sell all year round. Open pricing is a way of pricing and distributing hotel rooms that enables a property to always be on sale at the best price for the customer and the most profitable […]

Opinion: Ensuring your F&B outlet thrives during Ramadan

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jun 2017

Ramadan has traditionally been a challenging time of the year for F&B outlets, however, adapting your strategy can help your business to thrive, says Abdul Kader Saadi, managing director and owner of Glee Hospitality Solutions. Preparation is key to food and beverage outlets having a healthy revenue during Ramadan. Outlets must begin preparations around three […]

Chef Focus: Dennis Kammerzell, Anantara

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Jun 2017

Creating new F&B outlets is like going on an adventure vacation according to Dennis Kammerzell, the recently appointed executive chef at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. What’s your career background? I was previously executive sous chef for Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, where I oversaw the operations of six dining outlets and banqueting. I […]

Talent: Ahmed el Shandawili, general manager of Sofitel Legend Old Cataract

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Jun 2017

Hotel News Middle East talks to Ahmed el Shandawili, general manager of Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Describe your first ever role in the hotel industry? Well, I started my career working as a busboy in a fine dining restaurant in one of the most famous restaurants in New York where we used to host most […]

New talent: Marwa Al Omami

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Jun 2017

  Meet Marwa Al Omami, assistant marketing manager at Fairmont Fujairah Beach Describe your first ever role in the hotel industry? This would be my first role, as Assistant Marketing Manager at Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort. Who has inspired you most in your career? My mother. She lives and breathes passion and tenacity. How do […]

On The Spot with Waleed Samuel

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Jun 2017

Waleed Samuel, director of engineering, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, has just completed 20 years with the company What’s the best thing about your job? The best thing about being an engineer is that you’re being paid to think. There are so many jobs and even careers that simply have you going through the motions. Personally, I’ve […]

Spill the Beans: Maya La Chocolaterie

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Jun 2017

Sonya Janahi, deputy chairperson & CEO of Maya La Chocolaterie & The Living Concepts explains how she has created a chocolate empire out of Bahrain. What is your career background? I have enjoyed a diverse career in the banking and telecom industries spanning over 25 years, with specialised know-how in the areas of retail, investment, […]

Cover story: Out the Gate

by Crystal Chesters | 11 Jun 2017

Naim Maadad, CEO of Gates Hospitality, one of Dubai’s most successful homegrown hospitality investors, is ready to take London by storm with the company’s first international venture. By Crystal Chesters All this and the dust has only begun to settle on two highly-anticipated outlets that opened at Madinat Jumeirah earlier this year – Folly by […]









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