IHG announces signing of two new hotels in Business Bay

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Aug 2017

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of two new properties in Dubai – Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay and InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay. Both properties are in partnership with API Hotels & Resorts. “In the Middle East, we are currently engaged in the strategic expansion of the Crowne Plaza brand, as […]

Dubai Marriott Harbour makes four F&B appointments

by Crystal Chesters | 17 Aug 2017

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites has appointed four new members of its food, beverage and entertainment team to enhance the operations of its outlets, including the Observatory, The Croft and Counter Culture Café. Sebastian Nohse, director of culinary at sister property JW Marriott Marquis Dubai will take the lead of the strategic direction of […]

TT Capital Partners to launch eight F&B outlets in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 17 Aug 2017

TT Capital Partners has announced plans to introduce eight new restaurants and lounges in Dubai. Two of the venues, Juice Lab and Pasha Doner, are set to open in the third quarter of this year at Kite Beach, Dubai. Juice Lab’s interiors feature bright colours and the menu offers freshly-squeezed juice, Thai lettuce wraps, pesto […]

Italian chef to head up F&B outlets at Al Ain Rotana

by Crystal Chesters | 17 Aug 2017

Chef Wladimiro Gadioli from Italy has joined Al Ain Rotana as the resort’s executive chef. His experience includes working for his family business in Italy; a stint at a Michelin-starred restaurant with Chef Gualtiero Marchesi; and most recently he was corporate executive chef of Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC). Gadioli has been […]

St. Regis is charged for green project

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Aug 2017

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi has installed four Tesla charging connectors. The charging connectors will be free to use for everyone, including non-guests, as part of a green initiative by the hotel. “We are delighted to launch this charging station, which will enable us to serve the growing number of motorists who […]

Yum by Mum launches in Dubai offering meal plans for kids

by Crystal Chesters | 17 Aug 2017

Yum by Mum, a new catering concept offering meal plans for babies and children, has launched in Dubai. Made from fresh ingredients, and prepared and packed fresh daily before being delivered to the customer’s door, the meals are not frozen and contain no added salt, sugar or preservatives. Baby meals include tomato, carrot and basil […]

AED233 million MEP work to start at Fairmont Abu Dhabi

by Patrick Ryan | 16 Aug 2017

Drake & Scull International has announced it will proceed with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works for the Fairmont Abu Dhabi Hotel and Serviced Apartments as part of a AED 233 million contract.  The entire project consists of the 39-storey tower comprising of 563 rooms in the five-star hotel and 249 serviced apartments. Mohammad […]

Middle East hotel room pipeline grows by 6.6%

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Aug 2017

There are 166,166 rooms in 590 hotel projects under contract in the Middle East according to data supplied by STR. The latest STR report reveals that the number of rooms under contract in the Middle East has increased by 6.6%  compared with July 2016. The Middle East reported 95,089 rooms in 301 projects in the […]

Homenidis returns as GM of Meliá Dubai

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Aug 2017

Yannis Homenidis has been appointed as the general manager of Meliá Dubai, taking over from Saurabh Tiwari. His tenure with Meliá Hotels International started in 2011 in Athens. This is not Homenidis’ first spell at Meliá Dubai – he was the general manager from 2013-14 before returning to Meliá Athens, Greece. “Homenidis so far worked with world renowned hospitality groups […]

Middle East demand for seafood to reach $7.3bn by 2021

by Crystal Chesters | 15 Aug 2017

As demand for seafood grows in the Middle East, the sixth edition of Seafex returns to Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 18 – 20 September, providing a platform for regional suppliers to source seafood from around the world. According to Euromonitor International, the fish and seafood market is expected to reach a value of […]

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