Rupprecht Queitsch confirms participation as a judge at this year’s Leaders in Hospitality Awards

by Sophia Soltani | 14 Mar 2016

Hospitality veteran, Rupprecht Queitsch boasts more than 40 years of hospitality experience, covering three continents, spanning several GM roles alongside overseeing the successful launch of the world’s largest hotel – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai in 2012. Having now branched off to set up the International Hospitality Consulting Group (INHOCO), here Queitsch, CEO and Founder of INHOCO

Bricks Sports Lounge opens at Ibis Styles Dragon Mart

by Dina Maaty | 14 Mar 2016

Bricks Sports Lounge has opened at Ibis Styles Dragon Mart, marking the only licensed venue within a 15km radius. Two wide-screen televisions show sport from around the world and bar bites are available such as spiced potato wedges, spring rolls and BBQ chicken wings. Main meals include Caesar salad, homemade burgers and traditional English-style fish

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism & Thomas Cook ink partnership to target European travellers

by Dina Maaty | 13 Mar 2016

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Thomas Cook Group have inked a cooperative marketing agreement aimed at promoting the emirate as a premier destination for European leisure tourism. Initially running from 1 March 2016 – 28 February 2017, the co-marketing partnership has been designed to help raise awareness about Ras Al Khaimah in international

DAMAC launches hotel rooms for sale at AYKON City

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Mar 2016

DAMAC Properties has launched a limited release of hotel rooms within AYKON City project to be  located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai’s Golden Quadrant, overlooking the Dubai Canal. The new incentive allows investors to own a hotel room in Tower B, a 63-storey serviced hotel residences property to be operated by DAMAC Maison. The

Playing to the crowd

by Dina Maaty | 13 Mar 2016

Following six years at Zuma, much-talked-about Dubai chef Reif Othman knows what the people want. Having just opened the successful Play Restaurant & Lounge, Othman is on a creative roll as he prepares to introduce a slew of new concepts to the emirate over the next year, the first of which will open next month.

Nathan Outlaw to reopen Burj Al Arab’s Al-Mahara restaurant

by Dina Maaty | 13 Mar 2016

A new-look Al Mahara is set to open at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in September 2016, under the culinary patronage of multi award-winning chef Nathan Outlaw.  The chef will bring his style of simple seafood cooking to the property, combining it with complex flavour blends using local, seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients. Explaining why

Hilton identified as one of the best hospitality companies to work for in the UAE

by Sophia Soltani | 13 Mar 2016

Hilton Worldwide wins top hospitality company to work for in the UAE, by Great Place to Work.   Hilton Worldwide, which welcomes guests to 22 properties in the UAE and has plans to open 17 additional UAE hotels in the coming years, was ranked as the leading hospitality company on the list, and as a

Grand Hyatt Dubai welcomes new GM

by Sophia Soltani | 12 Mar 2016

Hyatt Hotels has appointed Fathi Khogaly as the new general manager at Grand Hyatt, Dubai. He assumes his new role after taking over from David Mansfield, who has now been selected as area vice president operations for Hyatt Hotels Dubai.  Fathi Khogaly joins Grand Hyatt from his recent role as general manager at Hyatt Regency

Newly opened Steigenberger Hotel reveals upcoming F&B concepts

by Dina Maaty | 12 Mar 2016

The newly opened Steigenberger Hotel Dubai has opened its doors in Business Bay, with four new food and beverage venues. Marking the German brand’s GCC debut, the 20-storey, 365-key hotel features the 170-seat Bayside restaurant and terrace, which launched its “Colours” brunch on 4 March, and has views over the canal. Swim & Tonic is

FRHI appoints new VP of sales & marketing

by Sophia Soltani | 11 Mar 2016

FRHI Hotels & Resorts has appointed Bastien Blanc as the new vice president, sales and marketing for the Middle East, Africa and India. In his new role, Blanc will spearhead the overall sales and marketing operations for 19 hotels and will oversee the development and implementation of strategies, plans, and budgets for new and transitional

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