ASLA Food signs 30-unit franchise deal for US salad concept

by Dina Maaty | 10 May 2016

UAE-based ALSA Food Restaurants & Management LLC, part of the Al Sayegh Group, has signed a 30-unit franchise agreement for US casual salad concept Tossed, with the first outlet to open in Abu Dhabi. The signing marks the first international master development agreement for Tossed Franchise International LLC, which was first established in New York.

Hotel Technology Next Generation Conference 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 10 May 2016

Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) is set to take place from 10 to 12 May at the Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina where delegates will hear from more than 20 speakers, many of who are hotel CIOs and other C-level executives in the industry.  Industry CIOs and senior vendor executives alike use HTNG

ICONS sugar-free coffee shop expands to Abu Dhabi

by Dina Maaty | 10 May 2016

ICONS Coffee Couture, a fashion-forward coffee shop specialising in sugar-free and naturally sweetened products has opened its first outlet in Abu Dhabi at the Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi. The brand, founded by German model Elena Weber, already has outlets in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. Weber commented: ““I am keen on our journey to Abu

FARNEK to highlight money saving solutions to boost CSR engagement at GM Leaders Conference

by Sophia Soltani | 09 May 2016

Facilities management services company, FARNEK has joined the line up of sponsors at this year’s GM Leaders Conference and is set to take the stage to enlighten hoteliers on how to save money and boost CSR in conjunction with each-other. Sandrine Le Biavant, director of consultancy at FARNEK Avireal, discusses the company’s participation in the

World’s first Kids Hotel opens in Phuket

by Sophia Soltani | 09 May 2016

Iniala Beach House situated on Natai beach in Phuket, Iniala is a boutique property that is now offering a fully-equipped children’s hotel, the very first of its kind in the world. When families arrive at Iniala Beach House, children are given the option to check into their very own hotel. Designed by American furniture designer

Saudi travellers 50% more likely to consider the whole family when booking a holiday

by Sophia Soltani | 09 May 2016

50% of  travellers from Saudi Arabia will consider “family first” when going abroad with their extended family, a leading travel search site has revealed. “Examining the data trails on Wego, we find group travel planning correlates with popular family destinations; each providing unique getaways with something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Many of

Emirates Palace Spa introduces 3-MAX therapy

by Sophia Soltani | 09 May 2016

Emirates Palace Spa has introduced two new weight loss solutions to the spa. The spa now offers guests the option of CoolShaping slimming system – a function which destroys fat cells and sculpts the body, as well as the revolutionary 3-MAX, a clinically proven solution for cellulite reduction, connective tissue regeneration and fat metabolism, is

Chef Uwe Micheel opens Emirati restaurant

by Dina Maaty | 09 May 2016

Chef Uwe Micheel, director of kitchens, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek and president, Emirates Culinary Guild will open his own licensed Emirati restaurant, Aseelah. Located at Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Diera Creek, Aseelah will combine the old and new, with the aim of illustrating Dubai’s past and present through its menu. With the help

Appetite The Shop opens third Dubai location

by Dina Maaty | 09 May 2016

Appetite The Shop has opened a third Dubai location in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). This follows the success of the brand’s other two venues, one of which opened in Business Bay Avenue last September and another located in the A4 space in Al-Serkal Avenue. Situated in the Index Tower, DIFC, the 350 ft2  venue offers the same

Meliá Hotels to enter three new markets

by Sophia Soltani | 08 May 2016

Meliá Hotels International has announced the signing of three new hotels: Gran Meliá Maldives, Indian Ocean, Meliá Serengeti Lodge, Tanzania, Africa and Meliá Almaty, Kazakhstan, Central Asia – the first hotel to be signed by Meliá Hotels International in Kazakhstan.  Gran Meliá Maldives will be a resort located in Kalhudiyafushi in Thaa, an atoll located

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