Interviews & Features

Maintaining the edge

by Dina Maaty | 10 Apr 2016

Derryn French, executive assistant manager, food and beverage and marketing – Mina Seyahi Complex reveals to Crystal Chesters how she maintains the success of Dubai institutions such as Barasti Beach Bar and Bubbalicious in the face of ever-growing competition The Westin Dubai and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina was literally built around

Face to face: Behind the wheel of success

by Sophia Soltani | 07 Apr 2016

With no plans of slowing down, Pascal Gauvin, COO, India, Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group tells Sophia Soltani why it’s best to strike whilst the iron is hot and how building membership communities within an organisation is vital to creating loyal followings on the outside. When thinking of hospitality veterans, Pascal Gauvin definitely

Jannah: An interpretation of paradise

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Apr 2016

CEO of Jannah Hotels and Resorts, Nehme Imad Darwiche tells Hotel News ME why the core of his business strategy is formed around the traditions of Bedouin hospitality and the importance of cultural hospitality in an overcrowded market.  It’s not often that you hear about a 31-year-old self-made CEO running the show, but Nehme Imad

Chain Focus: InterContinental Hotels Group

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Apr 2016

This month Hotel News ME profiles the hotel group’s 2015 achievements, future goals and its planned MEA pipeline.  Group overview InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including IHG hotels and resorts, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Hotel Indigo,

What’s cooking: The Artisan by Enoteca Pinchiorri

by Dina Maaty | 03 Apr 2016

Three Michelin-starred chef Annie Féolde introduces Florentine restaurant concept, The Artisan by Enoteca Pichiorri to DIFC What is the concept of The Artisan? Quality and simplicity. Everyone is looking for good food with natural ingredients in a nice place where they can spend a relaxing time without any pressure. What will set The Artisan apart

Michael Mina: The new Americana

by Dina Maaty | 03 Apr 2016

Crystal Chesters speaks to Michael Mina about the Michelin-starred chef’s refined twist on the classic All-American diner and why he has chosen Dubai for his first venture outside of the United States Michael Mina is a well-known name on the US restaurant scene, particularly in San Francisco where eight of The Mina Group’s 26-strong portfolio

Bathroom Business: Suppliers you should know

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Mar 2016

This month Hotel News ME asks some of the industry’s leading bathroom suppliers about the shifting trends in design, the need for larger spaces and why we are seeing bathrooms creep into bedroom space.  The suppliers:  Andreas Dornbracht, managing director and CEO, Dornbracht Group. Lina Varytimidou, director PR and head of GROHE SPA, East Mediterranean,

Investors: Checking back in

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Mar 2016

Following the success of the inaugural Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors Summit, Simon Allison, chair of HOFTEL tells Hotel News ME why the global alliance of hotel owning companies decided to launch the Summit, and the reasons behind hotel investors checking back in. Why was the decision taken to launch GIOHIS and what value

5 minutes with… Daniel Ruff

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Mar 2016

5 minutes with… Daniel Ruff, Wyndham Hotel Group’s president and managing director, EMEA What were the hotel group’s key achievements and milestones in 2015? 2015 was a real milestone year for Wyndham Hotel Group with the launch of Wyndham Rewards in April. We turned the traditional loyalty programme on its head, and are proud to

Out to Lunch: Tomas Reger – Intersect by Lexus

by Dina Maaty | 17 Mar 2016

Local, organic produce, and simple ingredient combinations with a playful twist are the secret behind Tomas Reger’s light yet filling dishes Launching a new concept next door to the likes of Dubai institutions Zuma and Le Petite Maison, is no mean feat, even for Czech chef Tomas Reger, who owns his own food consultancy and

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