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The big cheese: Nathan Outlaw

by Dina Maaty | 08 May 2016

British Michelin-starred chef, Nathan Outlaw is getting ready to introduce a more accessible F&B offer to the luxurious Burj Al Arab, with his signature fine-dining, sustainable seafood. Dubai has been on Nathan Outlaw’s radar since Gordon Ramsay first opened Verre at Hilton Dubai Creek in 2001, however he had never been to the emirate before

Rotana’s new Centro Capital Doha appoints executive chef

by Dina Maaty | 08 May 2016

Rotana Hotels’ Centro Capital Doha, which opened earlier this month, has appointed Shaikh Toufik Imam as the hotel’s executive chef. In his new role, chef Imam is tasked with menu creation for Centro’s all-day dining restaurant ‘c.taste’, its bar ‘c.mondo’ and 24-hour take-away dining shop ‘c.deli’. Chef Imam started his career in his home country

The Brass coffee shop opens second Dubai outlet

by Dina Maaty | 08 May 2016

Meraas Holding has opened a second The Brass coffee shop in Dubai at The Beach opposite JBR. The first venue under the homegrown brand opened in March this year at City Walk. Signature beverages on the menu include the Lavender Honey Latte, with The Brass blend, steamed milk, organic honey, and homemade lavender syrup. Meanwhile,

Operation Falafel to open four more Dubai outlets

by Dina Maaty | 06 May 2016

Arabic street food restaurant, Operation Falafel, has revealed expansion plans with four more outlets planned for the Dubai market. Currently in three locations, the four new venues will open on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, The Ribbon in Motor City, The Village – Luxury Outlet, and at Project ‘Last Exit’, located on the

R Hotels appoints new Dubai cluster pastry chef

by Dina Maaty | 05 May 2016

R Hotels has appointed Gayan Weerasinghe as cluster pastry chef of its Dubai properties: Ramada Downtown Dubai, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Jumeirah Beach Residence and ibis Styles Jumeira. In his new role, chef Weerasinghe is tasked with creating the confectionery items to be supplied to all three properties. He is looking forward to coming up

Choice Hotels International signs agreement to enter the Middle East

by Sophia Soltani | 05 May 2016

Choice Hotels International is poised for significant growth in the Middle East. The Rockville, Maryland-based hotel company announced it has inked a master development agreement with Equinox Ventures Ltd to debut and develop a trio of brands in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the coming years. Under the agreement, the joint venture

Wyndham Hotel Group to expand in Africa

by Sophia Soltani | 05 May 2016

Wyndham Hotel Group has signed three new hotels in Ethiopia following last year’s opening of its first Ramada in the country, the Ramada Addis Ababa, as part of a strategic decision to expand its management services in the African market.  Construction of the four-star TRYP by Wyndham Addis Ababa Bole Road is due to begin

RAK Hospitality Asset Management hotels posts 16.4% RevPar Growth

by Sophia Soltani | 04 May 2016

RAK Hospitality Asset Management, the hotel asset management and advisory arm of RAK Hospitality Holding (RAKHH), an owner of a diverse portfolio of government owned hotels, hospitality and leisure assets in Ras Al Khaimah, today announced that its hotels under management, posted a record growth of 16.4 per cent in RevPAR in Q1 2016.  Rashad

Spill the beans: Henrik Baecklund, La Serre Bistro Bar

by Dina Maaty | 04 May 2016

Henrik Baecklund, the new head bartender at La Serre Bistro Bar Dubai, reveals the secrets of the venue’s new cocktail menu What experience do you bring to La Serre? With a professional background in hospitality, I have worked in many bars and nightclubs around the world, gaining solid experience in high-end cocktail crafting. I therefore

Catalonian concept LaLuz opens at Four Seasons DIFC

by Dina Maaty | 04 May 2016

Fine-dining Catalonian / Mediterranean restaurant, LaLuz, has opened at Four Seasons DIFC, Dubai. The restaurant is a concept by Barcelona restaurant group, Grupo Tragaluz, and marks the company’s first venture in the Middle East. Rosa Maria Esteva and Tomas Taruella, the mother and son team behind the group, are known for original outlets serving creative cuisine. With a









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