Interviews & Features

COVER STORY: Luxury Redefined

by Mahak Mannan | 12 Nov 2018

With panoramic views overlooking a private beach, Turkish-grown hospitality brand Rixos Hotels opened the first all-inclusive resort in Abu Dhabi last month. The 378 key resort comprises of 366 rooms and suites, and 12 villas, each boasting either shared or private pools, direct access to the beach, and butler service. Mahak Mannan speaks to Hakan Petek, general manager, Rixos Saadiyat

Top 10 Trends Driving Millennial Travellers

by Mahak Mannan | 08 Nov 2018

In the current market, millennials are putting pressure on the leisure tourism industry with very specific demands. Hotels, airlines, and restaurants alike are going all out to ensure that they are ready to host these new-age travellers. Here, we round-up the top 10 trends driving millennial travel choices. Last minute travel A sign that they

Company Profile: Quality Kitchen

by Mahak Mannan | 08 Nov 2018

Aiman Joudeh, managing director, Quality Kitchen on how to build the perfect, stress-free kitchen Tell us a little bit about Quality Kitchen. In October 2010, a few dedicated and experienced professionals teamed up and took the challenge to pioneer a project-oriented company, Quality Kitchen Equipment Trading LLC. Since then, having proved its excellence and flexibility,

Chain Focus: Emaar Hospitality Group

by Mahak Mannan | 08 Nov 2018

Emaar Hospitality Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, one of the world’s most valuable real estate development companies with competencies in property, shopping malls, and retail as well as hospitality and leisure. Created in 2007, the group owns and manages a portfolio of hospitality assets and brands including Address Hotels + Resorts,

Out Of This World: Italian

by Mahak Mannan | 18 Oct 2018

From pizza and pasta to ravioli and risotto, Italian food is known for its flavour combined with the feeling of comfort. Here we take an in-depth look at the globally loved cuisine with three of the best Italian venues across the country. How popular is Italian cuisine in the Middle East? Luca Napoleone, sous chef,

GM Interview: A People Person

by Mahak Mannan | 18 Oct 2018

From being a part of Hyatt’s Global Inclusion & Diversity Council to being a recipient for  Hyatt’s 2017 Purpose Award, Fathi Khogaly, general manager, Grand Hyatt Dubai believes in putting people first. Here he tells Mahak Mannan about his priorities as a general manager and the secrets to a happy team. Tell us a little

EXCLUSIVE: Exploring Zabeel House By Jumeirah

by Mahak Mannan | 08 Oct 2018

With the rise in demand in the mid-market sector of the hospitality industry, Jumeirah group, on of the regions leading home-grown hospitality company launched a new brand, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, earlier this year. The first two properties under the brand recently opened in Al Seef and Mahak Mannan spoke to Alessandro Cabella, area general manager

VIDEO: Piping Hot With Bentley

by Mahak Mannan | 05 Oct 2018

Mark Okkerse, CEO and managing director, Bentley, on their new kettle. “We want to showcase our new kettle at The Hotel Show, it is a newly designed product. We design, develop, and deliver products for hotel rooms and with this kettle we aim to make everybody happy because we must make guests, housekeepers, and investors

VIDEO: Paving Guest Experience Through Design

by Mahak Mannan | 05 Oct 2018

The latest from Tarkett in the words of Florian Bougault, art director, EMEA. “This is our first time at The Hotel Show and we believed it was the perfect platform to exhibit our products because we are heavily investing in the hospitality sector with new products and solutions. Considering the developments that are akin place

Optimising Hotel Booking Strategies

by Mahak Mannan | 04 Oct 2018

Anna Trushkina, director, hotels commercial, Wego, spoke to us on the topic of distributing online booking channels. “It has always been a very important topic for hotels on how they distribute their booking channels and the best way to do it is not only depending on OTA’s but also driving direct bookings. This particular decision









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