SIAL Middle East goes from strength to strength

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Dec 2017

The eighth edition of SIAL Middle East has seen a growth of 28% year-on-year for visitor numbers, with the event organisers revealing that exhibitors have netted deals worth AED3.3 billion. Joanne Cook, managing director for SIAL Middle East said: “With 20,000 registered visitors through our doors in the first two days of the exhibition, we take […]

Mövenpick Hotel JLT appoints new executive head chef

by Patrick Ryan | 14 Dec 2017

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers has appointed Balveer Balkissoo as its new executive head chef. Balkissoo has worked for the Mövenpick Resorts & Spa Mauritius for over five years. “Chef Balveer’s skill and talent has already lead to significant changes during his first weeks with us. He wakes up with new ideas everyday and his enthusiasm […]

Feature: Improving guest automation

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

Edmund Sum, product manager FCS Engineering at FCS Systems looks at how engineering automation can improve the guest experience Increasingly, we are seeing hospitality technology solutions improve efficiency in hotel front-of-house operations such as concierge services and back-of-house operations such as housekeeping. However, in hotel engineering and maintenance management, we are also seeing some great […]

GCC hotels to target Indian market

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

GCC hotels are making a concerted effort to target the Indian market. That’s according to Simon Press, senior exhibition director, Arabian Travel Market. He said that Indian millennial tourists are opting for a little and often approach when it comes to traveling, according to a recent survey. He urged GCC hoteliers and travel professionals to use […]

Anantara Residences Sky Collection is launched

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

Property developer Seven Tides has saved the best for last and launched its Anantara Residences Sky Collection. The fully furnished luxury studio partments form part of the five-star Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort on the eastern crescent of Palm Jumeirah. Abdulla Bin Sulayem, CEO of Seven Tides International, said: “This is a great opportunity to […]

Dubai shows growth in supply and demand

by Patrick Ryan | 13 Dec 2017

STR’s preliminary November 2017 data for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, indicates significant growth in supply and demand. Based on daily data from November, Dubai reported the following in year-over-year comparisons: Supply: +5.6% Demand: +2.7% Occupancy: -2.7% to 87.0% Average daily rate (ADR): -1.1% to AED754.11 Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -3.8% to AED655.84 Demand (room […]

Al Ain welcomes first McGettigan’s branch

by Patrick Ryan | 12 Dec 2017

The first McGettigan’s branch in Al Ain has opened at the Danat Al Ain Resort. The award-winning Irish bar and restaurant in the UAE opened its door on 4 December and more than 200 guests including influential guests from the Irish community, regular patrons of the hotel, and representatives from Danat Hotels and Resorts and […]

Feature: Catering for the Market

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Dec 2017

Bana Shomali, co-founder of ServiceMarket, talks to Catering News Middle East about why she decided to add catering to her company’s portfolio… Why did you decide to add catering to ServiceMarket’s offer? ServiceMarket is constantly looking for ways to make resident’s lives easier. We recognised that although there are many catering companies in the UAE, the […]

SIAL Middle East opens tomorrow

by Patrick Ryan | 11 Dec 2017

The eighth edition of SIAL Middle East, the internationally-renowned trade event for the food, drink and hospitality industries, opens tomorrow (Tuesday 12 December) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of the Abu […]

New managing director for Raffles Dubai and Sofitel Dubai Wafi

by Staff writer | 11 Dec 2017

AccorHotels has announced the appointment of Ayman Gharib as managing director for Raffles Dubai and Sofitel Dubai Wafi. In his new role, Gharib will oversee two of the group’s Dubai based flagship properties which are part of the AccorHotels Luxury Brands portfolio. He will continue to lead the iconic Raffles Dubai where he oversees the […]

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