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Interview: Totora Cebicheria Peruana

by Dina Maaty | 12 May 2016

One of a string of Peruvian restaurants to open in Dubai International Financial Centre this year, Totora Cebicheria Peruana promises to compete with a truly authentic taste of Peru. Crystal Chesters reports With European, Asian and African flavours weaved together and underpinned by indigenous traditions, it’s no wonder Peruvian food has exploded in Dubai, which

Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi names new executive team

by Sophia Soltani | 12 May 2016

The Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi and Marriott Executive Apartments Downtown Abu Dhabi developed by Bloom Properties has revealed the new Executive team who will steer the new opening. Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Bloom Central is a 25-storey mixed-use project comprising two blocks. The first consists of the 64-suite Marriott Executive Apartments, 49

Hilton introduces mobile training for F&B staff

by Dina Maaty | 12 May 2016

Hilton Worldwide has partnered with Hotelschool The Hague Hospitality Consultancy and Lobster Ink to develop mobile enabled learning. The four-week online foundation courses in Kitchen Management and F&B Service Management, commencing in May 2016, have been developed specifically for entry level team members interested in building a career in food and beverage. Simon Lazarus, vice

Hoteliers must engage in “personalised pricing” schemes

by Sophia Soltani | 12 May 2016

At this year’s Hotel Technology Next Generation Conference, Michael McCartan, Duetto Research and Maarten Plesman from Revinate delivered a presentation on using targeted marketing campaigns for tomorrow’s revenue management.  Beginning the session, Plesman discussed how hotels can use guest knowledge to attract the most profitable customers and how to convert them into direct bookings at

First Copthorne Hotel opens in Riyadh

by Sophia Soltani | 12 May 2016

Copthorne Hotel Riyadh in Saudi Arabia has officially opened its doors to guests.  Situated on King Fahd Road, the 4-star hotel is located close to major government offices and to the city’s business district. The first Copthorne hotel to open in Saudi Arabia, the opening signals the start of significant growth for the brand across

St. Regis Abu Dhabi appoints EAM F&B

by Dina Maaty | 11 May 2016

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi has appointed Dimitrios Kotsifakos as its new executive assistant manager food and beverage. Greek national Kotsifakos has 12 years of food and beverage management experience, having worked at hotels around the world, including Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland, Hilton London Metropole and Ios Palace Hotel & Spa in Greece.

TIME opens sports-themed restaurant O’Learys in Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 11 May 2016

UAE-headquartered TIME Hotels Management will launch O’Learys US sports-themed restaurant on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Noor Bank metro station. Opening on 1 June 2016, the casual dining venue will have a total capacity for 250, spanning six seating areas within the restaurant, terrace, shisha area and bar. The move marks TIME’s second O’Learys franchise,

Country focus: The Seven Emirates

by Sophia Soltani | 10 May 2016

The tourism and hospitality industry is a major pillar of the UAE economy, contributing 8% of GDP in 2015.  With the country forecasted to register 4% growth this year Sophia Soltani reports on the growing tourist arrivals and their impact on the economic outlook. With the performance of the UAE’s hospitality sector weakened by a

The realty perspective: Dubai’s “ignored” development sites

by Sophia Soltani | 10 May 2016

Managing director of Al Ruwad Real Estate, Ismail Al Hammadi, talks about the development prospects of untouched locations of Dubai and the opportunities for hotel projects  in  Dubai’s Al Jaddaf  area. As managing director of Al Ruwad Real Estate, Ismail Al Hammadi knows a thing or two about property investment, including where and what to

Turkey sees 19% increase from UAE travellers

by Sophia Soltani | 10 May 2016

Visitor numbers to Turkey climbed to nearly three million in 2015, marking a significant increase from 2014. Visitor numbers from the UAE scaled up to 51,600 visitors – a near 19% increase from the 43,469 visitors in 2014 according to new figures from the Turkish Consulate General Cultural and Information Office. “We’ve witnessed a remarkable









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