Last chance to nominate for Leaders in Hospitality Awards

by Sophia Soltani | 31 Mar 2016

The nomination deadline is fast approaching for the inaugural BNC Publishing Leaders in Hospitality Awards, which is open to hoteliers and hotel properties across the Middle East, including the UAE, wider GCC, Levant and Egypt. The deadline for nominations is Monday 4 April, and all nominations can be submitted free of charge. Please email

Opinion: Making a night of it

by Dina Maaty | 31 Mar 2016

Samer S. Hamadeh, founder & managing partner at Aegis Hospitality says nightlife venues should not be put off by oversaturation or competition. Nightlife is one of the more interesting businesses born out of the social realm we refer to as the third place. Nightlife venues are some of the most accessible to many people, save

The Artisan; by Enoteca Pinchiorri opens in DIFC

by Dina Maaty | 31 Mar 2016

Italian restaurant The Artisan; by Enoteca Pinchiorri has opened in the Burj Daman Building, DIFC. A concept derived from the Enoteca Pinchiorri, located in Florence, Italy, the restaurant offers refined-casual dining and is headed up by executive head chef of the restaurant is Luca Tresoldi who has worked at the Florence for a number of

Burj Al Arab opens cocktail bar on top floor

by Dina Maaty | 31 Mar 2016

New cocktail bar Gold on 27 is set to open on 8 April on the highest floor of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The venue offers views over Dubai’s skyline with art deco design, textured gold coloured walls and resident DJ Darko De Jan entertaining guests with deep house. The concept of the venue is to

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority announces new director general

by Sophia Soltani | 31 Mar 2016

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has named  His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash as the new director general of the authority. In addition to his vast experience in spheres of strategic, investment and media affairs, Ghobash has held several senior executive positions and has been a member of the governing bodies of key government entities.

Dubai Tourism to welcome over 750 concierges at this year’s Les Clefs d’Or UICH International Congress

by Sophia Soltani | 31 Mar 2016

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is set to welcome the world’s most influential hotel concierges to Dubai for the 63rd Les Clefs d’Or UICH International Congress, taking place from 10-15 April.  This year’s congress marks the first time the event will take place in Dubai and will be hosted in the world’s

Etihad Airways and Amadeus renew content agreement

by Sophia Soltani | 31 Mar 2016

Both parties have renewed their full content agreement as Etihad Airways advances with international expansion plans. Etihad Airways and Amadeus have renewed their Content Agreement that ensures Amadeus-connected travel agencies and travellers continue to have access to the airline’s full inventory of flights, seats and other services. Under the agreement, Amadeus’ expanded rich content capabilities,

RAK Tourism unveils new brand identity

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Mar 2016

In an attempt to boost tourism and drive visitor numbers to the emirate, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has unveiled a new brand identity.  The fresh-look logo aims to reposition the destination in line with its vision and revised strategy with the rebrand set to drive economic growth and present Ras Al Khaimah as

Organic fruit and veg supplier Ripe launches chefs club

by Dina Maaty | 30 Mar 2016

UAE-based provider of local organic fruit and vegetables, Ripe, has launched the Ripe Chefs Club, a one-stop spot to provide professional chefs with local, organic produce for personal use, while connecting them with the Ripe foodie community. Chefs in the Ripe Chefs Club benefit from a number of perks, including a 10% discount on Ripe

Region’s top F&B suppliers support Leaders in Hospitality Awards

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Mar 2016

Several of the region’s F&B suppliers have confirmed their support of the upcoming Leaders in Hospitality Awards, organised by BNC Publishing. The event, to take place on 19 April at the newly opened St. Regis Dubai, will celebrate the leading individuals and concepts in the Middle East’s hospitality industry across a diverse range of categories.

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