Interviews & Features

One Click sees surge in demand for contactless delivery amid coronavirus concerns

by Dina Maaty | 19 Mar 2020

One Click Delivery Services, one of the fastest-growing last-mile digital solution companies, has reported a sharp increase in demand, as public health organisations announce further safety measures in light of coronavirus-related developments. Here, we interview One Click Delivery Services Operations Director Ian Caron, who reveals how the company has been following strict guidelines while helping

Cultural tourism is extremely important, has a direct economic and social impact: Dr Hamed Al Suwaidi

by Dina Maaty | 10 Mar 2020

Dr Hamed Bin Mohamed Khalifa Al Suwaidi is a patron of the arts and the founder of the Abu Dhabi Arts Society (ADAS). Pursuing a path of studies with a focus on tourism and hospitality, the visionary tells Hotel & Catering News Middle East about his journey towards helping cultivate the cultural identity of the

Meet the Sponsors: NRTC Group

by Dina Maaty | 05 Mar 2020

BNC Publishing and Hotel & Catering News Middle East’s GM Leaders Conference and The Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2020 will take place on Monday, April 6 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. Please tell us a bit about your company.NRTC, Nasser Al Refaee Trading Company, is one of the region’s biggest fruit and vegetable suppliers. NRTC

We want to encourage industry leaders to think ahead: Food People Managing Partners

by Dina Maaty | 04 Mar 2020

Dubai-based food and beverage-specific talent solutions business Food People Managing Partners Greg Wright and Luke Truin tell Hotel & Catering News Middle East all about connecting great talent with respected businesses across the region. Tell us a little bit about what Food People does…We work as a strategic talent partner in the food and beverage

Brunch, the Mediterranean way

by Dina Maaty | 04 Feb 2020

Fairmont The Palm Chef de Cuisine Romain van Durmen tells Hotel & Catering News Middle East about his cooking style, techniques and the modern European concept Seagrill Bistro. Where are you originally from? I’m originally from Belgium, but have travelled and worked in Spain a lot. Mediterranean cuisine is something I can’t get enough of!

You need to be smarter in how you operate as the margins get leaner: Vida Hotels and Resorts GM

by Dina Maaty | 30 Jan 2020

Vida Hotels and Resorts General Manager Daniel Kingston has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, and was heavily involved in the opening of the first Vida Hotel outside of the UAE, followed by the grand opening of Vida Downtown. Here, he talks brand connection, stepping it up and more. You started off

Exclusive: ‘People no longer travel with the single intention of business or leisure,’ says Mercure GM

by Dina Maaty | 22 Jan 2020

Naseer Thodi, general manager at Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights – Hotel Suites & Apartments tells Hotel & Catering News Middle East about a new type of travel he’s observed, his plans for the property and more. What, according to you as GM, are the top 5 things that business travellers look for when choosing a

Nothing challenges me in the kitchen – I know it like the back of my hand: Chef Mathieu Palombino

by Dina Maaty | 15 Jan 2020

Motorino’s Neapolitan pies hail from Brooklyn. Founder and Chef Mathieu Palombino has announced the culinary collaboration with JA Resorts & Hotels as his first foray into the Middle East. His pizzas were deemed “the best of a new generation of pizzas” by The New York Times, and Motorino NY continues to accrue accolades to this

Push and Turn: GROHE to boost sustainability efforts in the region

by Dina Maaty | 13 Jan 2020

President of GROHE Middle East, Africa & East Mediterranean Renu Misra tells Hotel & Catering News Middle East all about the giant’s strategy behind offering premium bathroom and kitchen solutions. Briefly tell our readers about your company. GROHE is a global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings. In the last ten years alone,

Joining ME Dubai will be one of the most exciting career opportunities in the region: Stefan Viard

by Dina Maaty | 07 Jan 2020

ME Dubai, the new flagship property of Spanish hotel brand ME by Meliá, is set to open in February 2020 with veteran luxury hotelier Stefan Viard at the helm. Viard has assumed a significant role in leading this personality-led lifestyle destination from its earliest stages of construction, and is now guiding his team to the

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