Chez Sushi to roll out franchise network within three years

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Jan 2016

Fast-casual UAE-grown Japanese concept, Chez Sushi, will open a network of restaurant franchises to four GCC countries within the next three years.

Brands should build “Membership Communities” claims IHG report

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Jan 2016

The InterContinental Hotel Group released its 2016 trends report at this year’s World Economic Forum in Switzerland. The report,  titled: ‘Meaningful Membership: Transforming Membership in The Age of I’, challenges brands to engage with consumers in a way that builds membership communities.  Fuelled by the growth of social media channels, there is increasing demand from

Sharjah anticipates 3-5% growth in hotel occupancies in 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 26 Jan 2016

Sharjah’s hospitality market is expected to rebound this year after the number of hotel and hotel apartment guests fell in 2015, according to Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman of SCTDA, expects the number of guests in the emirate to grow by 3.5% in 2016 from 1.79 million in

Jumeirah and Select groups partner on Marina Gate

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Jan 2016

Jumeirah Group has inked a deal with one of the largest privately owned real estate and investment companies in the GCC, the Select Group to manage 508 properties within Marina Gate, their flagship residential development at the gateway to Dubai Marina. The Select Group has delivered over 3,000 homes in the last 5 years in

7 F&B trends for 2016: Manhal Naser, AWJ Investments

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Jan 2016

Manhal Naser, CEO & co-founder of Dubai-based food and beverage holding company, AWJ Investments shares his top F&B trends for 2016

Ahmad Sleiman returns to Four Seasons Doha as executive chef

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Jan 2016

Four Seasons Doha has recruited Ahmad Sleiman as its new executive chef, following a six-year tenure at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre.

London bistro Aubaine opens in Dubai Mall

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Jan 2016

London-based Parisian-style bistro and boulangerie, Aubaine, has launched in Dubai Mall. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and its artisanal boulangerie and patisserie serves up the brand’s signature freshly-baked breads, pastries and desserts. Dishes on the breakfast menu include Pain Au Chocolat, Oeuf benedict, Croissant Aubaine, and Le Croq Aubaine, and among

Meliá inks deal to operate third hotel in Doha

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Jan 2016

Meliá Hotels International has inked a deal to launch its third hotel in Qatar. The newest addition will operate under the Innside by Meliá brand, which becomes the third of the Spanish company’s brands to achieve a presence in the destination and is set to open in 2017. The hotel will be located on a

AccorHotels adds new initiatives to existing loyalty programme

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Jan 2016

AccorHotels have announced the launch of Elite Experience, a newly added benefit to the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty Programme that currently boasts over 23 million members globally with members in the Middle East growing at a rate of 40% annually. The Elite Experience is an addition to a plethora of privileges rewarded to Le Club

Jannah Burj Al Sarab responds to Abu Dhabi’s need for more apartments

by Sophia Soltani | 25 Jan 2016

Jannah Hotels and Resorts has launched 110 serviced studio apartments in Abu Dhabi. The fully-furnished apartments are located in the five-star Jannah Burj Al Sarab Hotel. The units are available for lease at AED85,000 per year, which is payable in monthly instalments. The price includes access to the hotel’s five-star services and amenities, including laundry

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