Ground broken on Al Marjan Island project

by Patrick Ryan | 23 May 2017

Crowngate International, the global real estate developer, has officially broken ground on the Avani Resort at Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah.   The ceremony for the 225-key property was attended by Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, managing director of Al Marjan Island LLC, and Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. […]

IHG named among best places to work

by Patrick Ryan | 23 May 2017

InterContinental Hotels Group, IHG, has been named among the top five companies to work for in Asia in Great Place to Work’s annual Best Workplaces in Asia 2017 list. Ranked fifth in this year’s list, IHG has been recognised for showing commitment to creating a great work environment where colleagues trust the people they work […]

Smartotels chief says Dubai leads the way in hotel technology

by Patrick Ryan | 23 May 2017

The managing partner of a tech driven hotel brand has said that hotels in the region are leading the way when it comes to the implementation of technology – despite having significant obstacles to overcome. Tarek M Daouk was making his comments at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference during a one to one interview with […]

New cluster director of sales for Capital Centre Arjaan

by Patrick Ryan | 22 May 2017

Centro Capital Centre and Capital Centre Arjaan has appointed Amber Kumar as cluster director of sales. The Indian national, who graduated in Hotel Management at the Welcome Group Graduate School of Hotel Management has 11 years of experience in the industry. Kumar said: “I am extremely excited for this new challenge and look forward to the […]

Cinema themed hotel to open in Deira

by Patrick Ryan | 21 May 2017

Majid Al Futtaim has announced plans to build the first cinema themed hotel in the region – at Aloft Dubai City Centre Deira. The hotel will feature a cinematic themed floor of 25 standard rooms and four suite rooms designed to create an integrated lifestyle offering through the combination of cutting edge technology, modern style […]

New F&B director for Sofitel The Palm

by Patrick Ryan | 21 May 2017

Sofitel The Palm has appointed Lars Heeman as its new F&B director. With over 24 years’ experience in the hotel industry, Heeman (pictured right) started his career at Marriott Hotel, Hamburg as a Casual Waiter. Following five years with the hotel, he moved to London where he worked for both Marriott Hotel Marbel Arch and […]

Gordon Ramsay partners with Maldivian resort on pop-up

by Crystal Chesters | 21 May 2017

Gordon Ramsay has partnered with Maldivian resort Amilla Fushi on a series of pop-ups as part of the property’s visiting chefs’ programme.   The initiative is aimed at introducing internationally renowned culinary talents and world-famous brands to enhance guest experience. Claudia Klingbeil, director of communications, Amilla Fushi & Finolhu, The Small Maldives Island Co. told […]

Portuguese brand Veri Peri heats up the UAE

by Crystal Chesters | 21 May 2017

Portuguese quick-service restaurant Veri Peri has opened its doors in the UAE at Copthorne Hotel in Deira, Dubai. Originally launched in the United Kingdom in 2013, the brand debuted in the Middle East with a venue in Saudi Arabia before expanding to the UAE. Fahad Abdullah, head of marketing at Veri Peri said: “It has […]

The Pizza Station launches in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 21 May 2017

CHI Hospitality, which operates brands such as St. Tropez Bistro and Soho, has launched The Pizza Station in Dubai with locations in Barsha Heights and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The Pizza Station will serve thick-dough pizzas, featuring flavours from inspired by various international cuisines such as Italian, American, Mexican, Arabic, and Indian. The Italian […]

Rational CombiMaster Plus now available in XS format

by Crystal Chesters | 21 May 2017

The Rational CombiMaster Plus is now also available in XS format with the same performance as its larger siblings. With a volume of just 0.2m3, the smallest unit from the CombiMaster Plus series fits into the smallest professional kitchens. With a compact size of 55.5cm deep, 65.5cm wide and a height of 56.7cm, the CombiMaster […]

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