Chain Focus: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

by Sophia Soltani | 19 Jul 2016

Hotel News ME profiles the group’s 2016 achievements, future goals and its planned Middle East pipeline.  Group overview Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is a leading hotel and leisure company worldwide boasting nearly 1,300 properties in 100 countries the group employs over 188,000 people at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully

Interview: Tim Philips, Diageo World Class

by Staff writer | 17 Jul 2016

During the UAE leg of the Diageo World Class, Catering News caught up with judge and previous winner, Tim Philips, who explains how the cocktail competition has helped to elevate bartending from the status of a part-time trade to that of an aspirational career choice “Bartending has become a profession. It has gone from being

Oberoi Al Zorah names GM for Q4 opening

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Jul 2016

The Oberoi, Al Zorah, has appointed Burkhard Wolter as the new general manager at the property. A joint venture between the Government of Ajman and Solidere International, Al Zorah is the flagship project of Solidere International in the UAE. Wolter has been in the hospitality industry for over two decades and has worked in the

The Big Cheese: Vineet Bhatia

by Staff writer | 10 Jul 2016

Arguably the most established name in the Middle East’s fine dining Indian restaurant scene, Vineet Bhatia continues to reinvent himself. As he prepares to pull out of Ashiana by Vineet after just two years, he is simultaneously cooking up a casual street food concept for Dubai. Crystal Chesters reports. Vineet Bhatia is a man who

Spill the beans: Malak-Al-Habib, owner, @blend

by Staff writer | 30 Jun 2016

Malak-Al-Habib reveals why there are plenty of expansion opportunities for her healthy café and smoothie concept, @blend, Palm Jumeirah How has @blend been performing since it opened? We’re really glad about @blend’s performance so far, although it’s too early to jump to conclusions. We’re building ourselves and our customer database very steadily, and we’re establishing

Cover story: Ahlan Ramadan

by Staff writer | 19 Jun 2016

While everyone enjoys the holy month of Ramadan, it can be a daunting period for F&B operations as daytime dining volumes reduce. Careful planning, thoughtful allocation of resources and budget control are the keys to success as Catering News discovers. Ramadan is a time of peace and quiet as business and social events wind down providing a welcome

Vikas Khanna: Where faith meets food

by Staff writer | 16 Jun 2016

Indian celebrity chef Vikas Khanna explains why food has the power to break down barriers Central to the holy month of Ramadan is the observance of iftar, whereby families, friends and communities come together to break their fasts together. However, it’s not just in the faith of Islam that food holds such a central and

Izu Ani: A chef of principle

by Staff writer | 12 Jun 2016

As Izu Ani departs Emaar Hospitality’s La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie, he reveals his next exciting venture and some key learnings that will stand him in good stead along the way. Crystal Chesters reports. Izu Ani first made his mark in Dubai as the opening head chef of French fine-dining restaurant, La Petite Maison, which

Interview: Mango Tree Worldwide CEO, Trevor Mackenzie

by Staff writer | 09 Jun 2016

As Mango Tree Worldwide closes its only Middle Eastern outlet at the prime location of Dubai’s Souk Al Bahar, managing director Trevor Mackenzie asserts that the Thai brand will return to the region before the end of 2016. After almost a decade of operations, Bangkok-founded Thai restaurant brand Mango Tree will depart from what is

Opinion: Why loyalty cards are crucial for quick service restaurants

by Staff writer | 05 Jun 2016

Akshay Dosaj, managing partner of Purple Honey Group says that implementing a loyalty card is the first step toward establishing a returning customer base Creating customer loyalty to a restaurant brand is one of the most important things on the sales and marketing agenda, especially when it comes to quick service or casual dining restaurants.

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