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Dubai Tourism Leads Discussions On Hotel Retrofitting

by Mahak Mannan | 10 Mar 2019

Retrofit projects form part of ongoing efforts to nurture environmental sustainability across Dubai’s hotel properties. In a bid to drive environmental awareness amongst industry stakeholders, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) is underlying ways in which the adoption of efficient resource management practices can lead to substantial annual savings for hotel properties.

Marriott International Launches Tahseen In The UAE To Drive Emiratisation

by Mahak Mannan | 10 Mar 2019

Marriott International has announced the UAE launch of Tahseen, a hospitality training program developed in response to the growing need for local talent within the industry. Developed in partnership with Cornell University, Tahseen is focused on fast tracking the next generation of hospitality leaders from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), by providing them with first-hand

MOCCAE & EAD Launch UAE National Framework for Sustainable Fisheries

by Mahak Mannan | 06 Mar 2019

In an effort to protect marine resources, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi (EAD) have unveiled the UAE National Framework for Sustainable Fisheries 2019-2030, building on the recently completed UAE Sustainable Fisheries Programme (2014-2018). Launched at the World Ocean Summit 2019 that is currently underway in Abu Dhabi,

Dubai’s Tourism And Hospitality Sectors Witness Growth In 2018

by Mahak Mannan | 05 Mar 2019

Dubai welcomed 15.92 million international overnight visitors in 2018, marking a new high according to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). Continuing to expand its appeal as a global destination of choice for another year running, Dubai’s top source markets delivered bankable performances with several strategic feeders

Al Khoory Hotels Appoints New Senior Leadership Team

by Mahak Mannan | 05 Mar 2019

Al Khoory Hotels, the hospitality arm of family-owned UAE conglomerate Al Khoory Group, has announced changes in its executive management with a view to expand its market presence, drive sales, and improve operational efficiencies, guest reviews, and credibility. The group, which owns four properties in the mid-market segment in Dubai, is currently in a growth phase

Shangri-La Hotel Dubai Appoints New Executive Chef

by Mahak Mannan | 04 Mar 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai has announced the appointment of executive chef, Nikolaos Tsimidakis. Hailing from Greece, Chef Tsimidakis has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has spent seven of the 25 years in Dubai. His career has taken him across the globe with positions based in Europe, Oceania, and the United States

New GM at Aloft and Element Me’aisam

by Mahak Mannan | 03 Mar 2019

Aloft Me’aisam, Element Me’aisam, and Aloft Dubai South have announced the appointment of Elaine Watson as cluster general manager. In her new role, Watson will oversee the management and operations of all three properties. A dynamic and goal-orientated professional, with extensive experience in the international hospitality industry, Watson is a hands-on general manager who has demonstrated a

Marriott International Diversifies UAE Portfolio With New Appointments

by Mahak Mannan | 03 Mar 2019

Marriott International has announced the appointments of two senior officials to support the growing market demand in the company’s largest regional market, the UAE. The appointments reflect the company’s new strategic direction to split its portfolio into Premium & Select and Luxury brands. Marriott International’s move to separate its portfolio has been made specifically to

KBW Ventures And Chef Matthew Kenney Launch Folia In Bahrain

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Feb 2019

Proving healthy eating can be delicious, Chef Matthew Kenny and KBW Ventures have announced the launch of Folia, a plant-based menu, in Bahrain. Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay will offer its guests a brand-new plant-based menu, Folia, starting 15 March 2019. Developed by celebrated Chef Matthew Kenney in partnership with KBW Ventures, founded by HRH

New Chef De Cuisine At Waldorf Astoria RAK

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Feb 2019

Hilton Hotels has announced the appointment of Matteo Dayem as chef de cuisine at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah’s poolside dining venue, Azure. Beginning his career in his home country, Italy in 2011, Dayem’s culinary journey first took him to Kurdistan in Iraq followed by Dubai, before he was appointed as chef de cusine at









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