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Chef Focus: Luke Thomas

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Jun 2017

Luke Thomas first made a name for himself as the world’s youngest head chef in 2012. Five years on, the 23-year-old is all grown up and is turning his back on Chester and setting his sights firmly on London and beyond. By Crystal Chesters Luke Thomas was best known as the world’s youngest head chef […]

Resorting to Fujairah

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Mar 2017

The Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort has very much marketed itself as the luxury alternative to the hyper pace of life in bustling cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Patrick Ryan left the city and made his way to the resort to catch up with general manager Omar Souab at the newly opened resort. There’s no […]

Rove appoints happiness ambassador

by Patrick Ryan | 09 Mar 2017

Rove Hotels has appointed a happiness ambassador who just happens to be called Happyness. It wasn’t Happyness Chipote’s name that swung it for him though as a spokesperson for the hotel said it was down to his winning smile, infectious laugh and enthusiasm. He has been given the remit to make guests and staff members […]

Face To Face: Alison Grinnell, CFO Rak Hospitality Holding

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Mar 2017

Alison Grinnell, the CFO of RAK Hospitality Holding, is convinced that good things are going to be happening in the emirate. She speaks here to Patrick Ryan about how she’s looking forward to seeing how the future unfolds in Ras Al Khaimah. It seems that everyone is queuing up these days to tell you about […]

Media One Hotel appoints new outlet manager

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Mar 2017

Dubai’s Media One Hotel has appointed Roxana Marcu as the outlet manager for Qwerty. Roxana started her career in the Middle East in Oman in 2010. She moved to Dubai in 2011 and worked in independent restaurants before joining Media One. Roxana said:“I chose Media One because of the friendly vibe I felt when I first […]

Comment: Breaking the glass ceiling

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jan 2017

Women seeking a career in hospitality in the Middle East should take every opportunity to sit at the table, take charge of their professional life and make things happen. By Assia Riccio, founder of Evolvin’ Women. All over the world, women who are determined to advance in the business community deal with the same challenges. In […]

Executive team assembles at Marriott Hotel Al Forsan

by Patrick Ryan | 17 Jan 2017

The executive team behind the launch of the second Marriott Hotel branded property in Abu Dhabi has been announced. The Marriott Hotel Al Forsan is due to open during the first quarter of 2017 in the capital’s Khalifa City and will be a 400-bedroom  five-star facility. Richard Bleakley was appointed general manager of the Marriott […]

Opinion: Why hoteliers should ‘brick wall’ customers in 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Jan 2017

Mohamed Awadalla, CEO, TIME Hotels offers five reasons why we should ‘brick wall’ our existing customer base in 2017   As the saying goes, “The day you stop learning is the day you stop growing,” so what can we learn from 2016 that will stand us in good stead for 2017? Well I’m sure every […]

Talent interview: El Sur head chef Juan Carlos

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

El Sur head chef Juan Carlos says steady progression is key to success in the region’s F&B industry Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? My first role in the F&B industry was washing dishes while I was studying in Andorra, Spain. It’s a very laborious job and makes you appreciate how important […]

Hotel GMs must learn benefits of housekeeping tech

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Nov 2016

Panel discussion, “Tech Talk”, which took place during BNC Publishing’s Executive Housekeepers Conference, touched upon the challenges faced by the housekeeping department when it comes to implementing the latest technology to improve efficiency. Some of the panelists pointed out that educating management on the benefits of technology is the biggest challenge they face. Erkan Tatlidil, […]









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