Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl appoints director of sales and marketing

by Dina Maaty | 28 Aug 2019

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl has appointed Rene Mayer as its new director of sales and marketing. Educated at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, New York, Mayer has worked for several hotel groups including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kempinski Hotels and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “I’m really excited to join

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain launches The Arena

by Dina Maaty | 28 Aug 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain has announced the debut of its new Arena in partnership with the Maestra Group. The 43,000 square foot conference and exhibition facility includes full capabilities to host global conferences, large receptions, award ceremonies, weddings as well as bespoke meetings. “With modern interiors and high-tech capabilities, The Arena stands to be one of

Nestlé expands plant-based range with mince and new-recipe burger

by Dina Maaty | 27 Aug 2019

Nestlé has expanded its plant-based food range in Europe with its new ‘cook from raw’ Garden Gourmet Incredible Mince. The brand is also introducing a new and improved version of its Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger. The new Garden Gourmet Incredible Mince can be used to create balls or skewers that can be seasoned to taste. It can also be crumbled

TIME Grand Plaza Hotel appoints general manager

by Dina Maaty | 27 Aug 2019

UAE-headquartered hospitality company TIME Hotels has appointed Bernard Fantoli as the new general manager of TIME Grand Plaza Hotel in Dubai. According to TIME, Fantoli will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the 232-room hotel, including the recruitment and development of staff, annual budgets and assuring the highest levels of guest satisfaction are met.

UAE venues launch themed brunches ahead of new season

by Dina Maaty | 27 Aug 2019

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre: Back to School and Harry Potter at Yalumba At this themed brunch, guests will “dine, dance, play and re-live the good old days” and be in on a chance to win gifts if they arrive in their best school costumes. Plus, an additional happy hour will run from

Dubai Duty Free EVC and CEO to receive award at Middle East Hospitality ceremony

by Dina Maaty | 27 Aug 2019

Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, will be recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution, spanning over three decades, in shaping Dubai’s tourism, hospitality and retail sectors. The award will be presented to him at the Middle East Hospitality Awards (MEHA), which will take place at the Ritz-Carlton

Dubai-born concept GAIA now in Monte Carlo, to open in three more countries

by Dina Maaty | 26 Aug 2019

DIFC restaurant GAIA has opened in Monte Carlo, announced plans to open in London, Moscow and Miami before 2021. The Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, developed by Bulldozer Group and Chef Izu Ani, serves authentic cuisine in a contemporary space filled with hidden details. Filled with traditional artefacts, GAIA Monte-Carlo offers a glimpse of Greece within the heart

W Muscat opens

by Dina Maaty | 26 Aug 2019

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International Inc., announced the opening of W Muscat, the brand’s newest beachfront W Escape and the second to open in the Middle East this year. Set against the backdrop of Al Hajar Mountains, W Muscat sits at the intersection of the Shatti Al Qurum area. “Muscat is a fascinating

Rational launches new product configurator

by Dina Maaty | 26 Aug 2019

German hot food solution provider Rational has launched a new, more detailed product adviser, now available on their website, for VarioCookingCenter. According to Rational, in order to advise customers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a product configurator for the VarioCookingCenter has been added to Similar to a car configurator, the new

FIVE Jumeirah Village to open in September

by Dina Maaty | 25 Aug 2019

FIVE Jumeirah Village hotel is set to open its doors on September 2. Located in the heart of Jumeirah Village Circle, the award-winning, multi-patented hotel comprises 247 luxurious rooms and suites, 254 one, two and four-bedroom hotel apartments and 269 pools with views across the city and desert vista. ‘‘FIVE has established itself as a

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