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Mawasim Organic Market launches in Abu Dhabi

by Dina Maaty | 04 Jun 2015

The Mall at World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi recently launched the ‘Mawasim Organic Market’. Taking place every Friday from 2pm – 8pm on the Ground Floor of the Mall, shoppers can expect an array of nutritious, seasonal fruits and vegetables that have been sourced from the EU organically certified, local farm ‘Mawasim’. Talal Al Dhiyebi,

Savarin serves up Quality Desserts

by Dina Maaty | 04 Jun 2015

Established by the former senior vice president at Emirates Flight Catering, with the sole focus of designing and producing high-quality desserts for large-volume segments, Savarin will launch in June. Savarin co-founder Jan Bijsterbosch says: “We produce desserts that are of a gourmet quality, are made from high quality and natural ingredients, that combine hand-made care

Farming for Hospitality

by Dina Maaty | 04 Jun 2015

The Alila Jabal Akhdar resort in Oman hosted the unveiling of ‘Farming for Hospitality’, a community initiative spearheaded by the Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) aimed to support the growth of micro-businesses by assisting local producers in the Jabal Al Akhdar region to grow and supply fresh produce.   Held under the auspices of His

Cost not an issue for UAE diners

by Dina Maaty | 04 Jun 2015

   66% eat dinner out at least once during the week Average spend on eating out per person in the UAE is AED 120 Respondents typically favour casual dining restaurants, QSRs (Quick Service Restaurants) and food courts   The eating out market continues to be one of the strongest performing sectors in the UAE with

Supporting Chefs through Tough Times during Ramadan

by Dina Maaty | 04 Jun 2015

To celebrate Ramadan, and in the spirit of giving, Unilever Food Solutions (UFS), the dedicated foodservice business of Unilever, will offer every customer who makes a purchase to earn AED 5 cash on each case back by returning coupons to UFS for redemption or a chance to donate AED 5 to charity. Lucas Dollfuss, head

Culinary Aspirations

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Salem bin Dasmal, Founder Silver Spoon Investments, tells Catering News ME that the UAE must shift its dependence away from franchised restaurants to encourage home-grown enterprises to flourish   Dubai is in a very different place than it was five years ago, not just in the number of people that call the city their home


by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

The UAE is leading the world in the standardisation of Halal accreditation and certification, creating one standard, one process and one mark for Halal products globally     Dubai has positioned itself as a primary global trading hub for the international Halal food industry – a strategic enabler in the emirate’s long-term vision to become

A Taste of the Orient

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Inkaya is a robata grill restaurant offering epicureans traditional Japanese Robata-yaki cuisine, fresh ingredients and live theatre courtesy of the grill masters. These traditionally skilled masters are trained in ancient techniques as they engulf their creations in flames, before serving diners remotely with long wooden paddles. The restaurant first opened in Roppongi, Tokyo in 1970

Follow My Lead

by Dina Maaty | 02 May 2015

Chef Marco Torasso, Complex Culinary Director, Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa believes he is a trendsetter rather than just a follower, as he told Catering News ME     You have more than 20 years’ experience working at a variety of top-class hotels; how does working at Grosvenor House

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