Gulfood opens in Dubai

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Feb 2016

Today marks the opening of the 21st edition of Gulfood, the world’s largest food and hospitality trade show. Gulfood will take place from 21 – 25 February at at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The multi-channel event, which includes the third edition of Halal World Food – now the largest annual Halal food sourcing trade

IHG launches Planet Trekkers App with National Geographic Kids

by Sophia Soltani | 20 Feb 2016

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the launch of the Planet Trekkers mobile app, designed for children to learn about and explore their travel destination, before, during and after their holiday. The app, which is aimed at 6-12 year olds has been created in partnership with National Geographic Kids. The app is based on a

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri offers free main courses to ladies

by Dina Maaty | 20 Feb 2016

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi has launched a ‘Ladies Dine Free’ offer, which is available until the end of May. Every dining couple will receive a complimentary main course when visiting any of the hotel’s five restaurants. These include French fine-dining restauarant Bord Eau, Shangri-La’s signature restaurant Shang Palace and Vietnamese restaurant

Associazione Formaggi Italiani to offer Italian cheese demos at Gulfood

by Dina Maaty | 19 Feb 2016

The Associazione Formaggi Italiani DOP e IGP (AFIDOP) will offer live interactive cooking demonstrations and educational seminars showcasing four of Italy’s premium Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) cheeses at Gulfood. This year, AFIDOP will highlight four Italian PDO cheeses: Grana Padano, Gorgonzola, Mozzarella di Bufala Campana and Pecorino Romano with background material on each, complemented

“Record” number of rooms under construction in Saudi Arabia

by Sophia Soltani | 18 Feb 2016

A record 47,431 rooms and 124 hotel projects are currently under development in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report from TOPHOTELPROJECTS. The majority of projects are in the final construction and pre-opening stages with 52 projects and almost 20,000 rooms set to open to the public throughout region this year, says the new report

Dubai’s new @Blend café to specialise in health-boosting smoothies

by Dina Maaty | 18 Feb 2016

Healthy café @blend (pronounced ‘at blend’) serving smoothies, salads and wraps has opened at Shoreline Beach Club 4, on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah.   The concept has been co-founded by Malak AlHabib, Mohammed AlSadiq and Karam AlSadiq and head chef and outlet manager, Paul Parik created the menu, which include a range of smoothies and detox

Dukes Dubai takes over West 14th steakhouse and appoints new chef

by Dina Maaty | 18 Feb 2016

The upcoming Dukes Dubai hotel on Palm Jumeirah has taken over the management of Palm Jumeirah’s Oceana Beach Club steakhouse, West 14th, and has appointed a new chef. Chef Clive Gilroy Pereira has come on board to overhaul the menu and reinvigorate the restaurant’s New York Meatpacking District references, and restaurant manager Peter Thomas will

Venetian brand Cipriani Dubai opens at DIFC

by Dina Maaty | 18 Feb 2016

Venetian-founded restaurant brand, Cipriani, has opened its first venue in Dubai at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Cipriani has been brought to Dubai by the Bulldozer Group and is the brand’s second site in the Middle East, following Yas Island restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Cipriani founder, Giuseppe Cipriani commented: “It is with immense pleasure that

Minor Hotel Group to expand in South East Asia

by Sophia Soltani | 18 Feb 2016

Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has announced expansion plans in South East Asia with the development of Anantara Ubud Bali Resort. MHG already operate two Anantara resorts in Bali – Anantara Seminyak and Anantara Uluwatu – and an Anantara Vacation Club property. In addition there are currently two further properties under development which will see the debut

Spanish manufacturers ramp up Gulfood presence

by Dina Maaty | 18 Feb 2016

A group of 28 Spanish manufacturers of equipment for the hotel and catering industries will increase their exhibition space at Gulfood this year by 36% compared to 2015. Coordinated by the Spanish Exporting Manufacturers Association for the Hospitality Industry (AFEHC) with the support of ICEX Spain Trade and Investment, 2016 marks the group’s 12th year

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