Interviews & Features

Wood-fired passion: Meet 800PIZZA Founder Alessandro D’Ubaldo

by Dina Maaty | 08 Aug 2019

800PIZZA Founder Alessandro D’Ubaldo opened the Italian restaurant’s first outlet in 2007, and now operates six across the UAE. We find out the main ingredients to the entrepreneur’s recipe for success. You’ve started the business 12 years ago; tell us more about how it all began. Initially, my wife and I were running a very

Chef Stefan Borchardt, The Noodle House: satay, menu revamps and four upcoming openings

by Dina Maaty | 22 Jul 2019

Stefan Borchardt, brand chef of The Noodle House, talks satay, menu revamps and how the homegrown F&B brand’s presence is growing stronger with four upcoming branch openings in the pipeline. What’s trending in the F&B industry and how are you integrating these developments into menus at The Noodle House? Street food is a trend that

Any business, at its core, is about serving customers: Dusit Group CEO

by Dina Maaty | 16 Jul 2019

Dusit International Group CEO Suphajee Suthumpun’s passion is rooted in a simple concept: “any business, at its core, is about serving customers”. Overseeing a total of 269 properties, the hotel boss tells all about creating dreamlike experiences – day in, day out. To some, Dusit International is about luxury experiences that revolve around peace, serenity

Meet the GM: Slim Zaiane from Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 09 Jul 2019

Located in the heart of Dubai is the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, the perfect starting point to discovering a whole new world of lavish European-style grandeur. Here, Slim Zaiane, the hotel’s general manager, tells us all about his role, and the property. Please share your career journey with our readers. Over the

Attracting the right talent

by Dina Maaty | 09 Jul 2019

M D Warrier, managing director at Bin Eid Executive Search, gives us an in-depth look into recruitment challenges and the best ways to overcome them. As an expert in the industry, what’s the top challenge you think this region is facing in terms of recruitment? Please elaborate. Attracting adequately qualified, trained and experienced staff particularly

Food service: Trends, challenges and solutions

by Dina Maaty | 02 Jul 2019

Alto-Shaam Director for the Middle East & Africa Gabriel Estrella Talentti tells us more about how changes in consumer behaviour and wider global trends are impacting food service equipment design. In recent years, global consumers have become more adventurous about trying new cuisines and expanding their palates. As consumers learn more about their food, and

Meet Cenk Unverdi, Rixos Hotels UAE’s new regional general manager

by Dina Maaty | 18 Jun 2019

Unverdi is keen to continue his progress and cement the four properties under his command as the go-to venues for the luxury leisure market. All aboard the all-inclusive Rixos Hotels UAE regional general manager Cenk Unverdi discusses the brand’s all-inclusive concept: “The all-inclusive concept started in Rixos Antalya Turkey in the early 2000s by the

Opinion: A rant on demand

by Dina Maaty | 18 Jun 2019

By Martin Kubler, CEO, chief cook and bottle washer of sps.affinity – Strategic Partnerships Solutions It’s the last week of Ramadan and I’m idly surfing booking.com looking at hotel rates in Dubai for the end of June for a mid-week stay. Things aren’t looking pretty and that’s after applying as many choice-limiting filters as I

Going beyond supplying water, MonViso’s managing director Stefano Iorini

by Dina Maaty | 16 Jun 2019

Going beyond supplying water, MonViso’s managing director Stefano Iorini emphasises the value and importance of community outreach Briefly tell our readers about your company MonViso Italian Mineral Water is a brand with a heart. Our CSR and sustainability programmes donate to Al Jalila Foundation, which supports the global cause of transforming lives through medical education

District, to the Jumeirah Beach Residences area, promising a bar, lounge and bistro that is accessible to everyone

by Dina Maaty | 16 Jun 2019

According to Sacha Daniel, the group operations manager for Solutions Leisure, District will change its Mediterranean food menu every week. He comments: “Our new food menu will be released at the start of the week on our social media platforms and website, and will go live on the first business day of the week.” The









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