JW Marriott Marquis reports 13% revenue increase in 2015

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Mar 2016

The world’s tallest hotel,  JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has revealed that it saw revenue up by 13% in 2015.  The 5-star hotel experienced an inventory increase of 22% during the year and yet occupancies across its 1608 rooms remained constant and in excess of 73%. The hotel also hit 100% occupancy on more than 45

GRIF welcomes new development chapter

by Dina Maaty | 29 Mar 2016

The third annual Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) brought together investors, owners, franchisors, and senior hospitality professionals from across the globe from 14 to 16 March at The Address Dubai Mall. The three-day event included conferences, roundtable and panel discussions, culinary receptions and other knowledge-sharing platforms together with several senior-level networking opportunities and the inaugural

Jumeira Rotana appoints ex-Hilton executive as new GM

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Mar 2016

Jumeira Rotana has appointed Ulrich Hoffmeister as the new general manager at the property. In his new role, Ulrich will spearhead the hotel’s operations including 114 rooms, two outlets, one recreation facility, and the ongoing major renovation of the entire hotel adding as well new suite rooms. Ulrich, a native German with over 20 years of

Greenheart Organic Farms partners with Rosewood Abu Dhabi

by Dina Maaty | 28 Mar 2016

Greenheart Organic Farms partners with Rosewood Abu Dhabi Greenheart Organic Farms has begun supplying its organic produce to Rosewood Abu Dhabi. Rosewood Abu Dhabi executive chef, Wolfgang Eberle said that demand from consumers for organic produce encouraged the team to seek a local organic supplier. Chef Eberle told Catering News: “We do believe in giving

Qatar-born chef joins Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf

by Dina Maaty | 28 Mar 2016

Chef Essam Nabhan has been appointed as executive chef at Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai and Marriott Executive Apartments Al Jaddaf, Dubai. In his new role, the Doha-born chef is overseeing six restaurants and bars. Nabhan trained at Culinary Arts from Ismaila Hotel Institute before joining Doha Sheraton Hotel’s fine dining team in 1993. Six

Horeca 2016 to shine spotlight on franchise opportunities

by Dina Maaty | 28 Mar 2016

This year’s HORECA exhibition, to take place from 5- 8 April at Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL), is expected to serve as a platform for Lebanese entrepreneurs looking to explore franchising opportunities in the Dubai market. Charles Arbid, president of the Lebanese Franchise Association said: “Dubai is a positive façade for Lebanese franchises,

Saudi Tourism to begin “supervising” room rates

by Sophia Soltani | 27 Mar 2016

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), has constituted a ministerial team to supervise the prices of all the accommodation facilities, including rated-star hotels, in the region.  The team includes representatives from the ministries of municipal and rural affairs, commerce and industry and Haj, an SCTNH official said Saturday. Earlier, Omar bin Abdul

Foodie festival takes place in Ras Al Khaimah

by Dina Maaty | 27 Mar 2016

Partners of the monthly Al Hamra Market were invited to create exclusive dishes during a special food festival-inspired two-day event on 24 and 25 March. The event saw the market’s Gourmet Corner transformed into a destination for foodies with vendors offering their new creations. Al Hamra Real Estate Development general manager Benoy Kurien said: “The Al

Luna Sky Bar opens at Four Seasons DIFC

by Dina Maaty | 27 Mar 2016

The new Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has opened rooftop lounge, Luna Sky Bar. The cocktail bar is situated on the eighth floor of the new hotel and has been designed by New York-based Adam Tihany. With black and gold colours, the interiors evoke the symbolism of the falcon, a Middle Eastern

Craft Café launches in Dubai Design District

by Dina Maaty | 27 Mar 2016

Craft Café, the first concept by new Dubai F&B consultancy 3 Hospitality, launches this month in Dubai Design District (d3) offering “hearty, healthy, soulful food” in a stylish space. The venue has been designed by 3 Hospitality co-founders Domenico Lannone and Roberto Segura. Lannone was previously deputy GM at Zuma Restaurants, while Segura was executive

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