Billionaire Dubai’s Chef Extraordinaire: Meet Batuhan Piatti

by Dina Maaty | 10 Jan 2021

Chef Batuhan Piatti, corporate executive chef at Billionaire Dubai, has held a variety of roles throughout his career, from TV presenter, to teacher. Here, he tells Hotel & Catering News Middle East all about what it takes to cook for a president, operating major restaurants and the cuisine at the luxurious venue. Tell us a

Turkish restaurant Besh launches new brunch

by Dina Maaty | 10 Jan 2021

Besh, a Turkish restaurant located at the Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, has launched the Taste of Besh brunch. Using vintage recipes from 150-year old cookbooks as inspiration, the chefs at Besh have curated a special brunch offering. Standouts from the menu include a variety of bestsellers including a mix of cold starters, hot mezze

Vii Dubai launches new dining experience Amber Hall

by Dina Maaty | 10 Jan 2021

Amber Hall, located at Conrad Dubai, has announced its official opening. The amber-themed concept was developed by Vii Dubai, which runs a number of social nightlife hotspots from the floral-sheltered Secret Garden, to the mystical Red Room concept. The homegrown concept aims to bring an immersive dinner show experience infused with cultural performances. The live shows at Amber Hall will

Opinion: How will the foodservice industry remain resilient amid uncertainty?

by Dina Maaty | 07 Jan 2021

Khaled AlShami, director, solution consulting, Middle East & Africa at Infor, shares his thoughts on technologies which will drive point-of-sale integrations for restaurants and the foodservice industry in the year ahead. For the restaurant and foodservice spaces, economic disruption is the common denominator across all kinds of businesses within the industry. The economic downturn has

Spoilt for Choice: Nakheel’s multi-venue dining concepts in Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 07 Jan 2021

Sandy El Hayek, food & beverage manager at Nakheel Malls, reveals what goes into developing some of the biggest multi-venue F&B concepts in the region. You have developed two of F&B’s biggest concepts in Dubai; please tell us more about how the idea came about.Firstly, Depachika at Nakheel Mall is a novel concept that was

Agthia merges with Al Foah, becoming among top 10 food and beverage groups in the Middle East

by Dina Maaty | 07 Jan 2021

Agthia Group PJSC has announced the completion of its strategic merger with Al Foah, the world’s largest date processing and packaging company based in Abu Dhabi. With the integration of Al Foah into Agthia as a strategic business unit, Agthia has instantly become the domestic market leader in four essential food and beverage categories: water,

UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment underscores commitment to food safety

by Dina Maaty | 07 Jan 2021

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has stressed that the safety of foodstuffs, whether produced locally or imported, is among its highest priorities. In this context, the Ministry has implemented an integrated approach to enhancing food safety and security in the UAE.  His Excellency Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change

Conrad Hotels & Resorts inks agreement to launch new property in Bahrain

by Dina Maaty | 06 Jan 2021

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has announced plans to bring the global brand to Manama, Bahrain following the signing of an agreement to open Conrad Residences Bahrain Financial Harbour in 2022 at the upcoming First Energy Bank Tower. The property will be the first fully residential luxury development for the Conrad brand in the Middle East.

Mango Tree Thai Bistro to introduce weekly kids’ cooking classes

by Dina Maaty | 06 Jan 2021

Mango Tree Thai Bistro, located at Hilton Dubai The Walk, is introducing weekly cooking classes for little ones and mothers. The ‘Mommy and Me Cooking Class at Mango Tree’ will be starting from January 10, and will take place every Sunday, for kids aged between six to 12 years old. The 60-minute class, led by

AlRaha AlSafi Food completes acquisition of first milling firm for $540 million

by Dina Maaty | 06 Jan 2021

AlRaha AlSafi Food Co, consisting of Almutlaq Group, AlSafi Holding Co., Abunayyan Trading Co. and Essa Al-Ghurair Investment LLC, announced the completion of First Milling Company (MC-1) through the Phase-1 competitive tender of the Saudi flour mills privatisation for $540 million (SAR 2.03 billion). The transaction is a culmination of work carried out with the

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