RATIONAL: How to move away from wastage

by Dina Maaty | 14 Jan 2020

By: Thomas Hofer, Managing Director RATIONAL Kitchen & Catering Equipment Trading FZCO There is too much food ending up in the bin every year. An issue that makes you think because it squanders valuable environmental resources and cash. This is an omnipresent issue in the hospitality industry too, where a few simple steps can be

Luxury and travel in 2020: Gates Hospitality Chief Executive and Founder Naim Maadad

by Dina Maaty | 31 Dec 2019

“Don’t worry about the world ending today, it’s already tomorrow in Australia.” Charles M. Schulz Knowingly, or unknowingly, there’s a certain level of exotic convergence materialising between travel and luxury. It’s a known fact that huge changes in consumer expectations and behaviour, driven by growing digitalisation, have transformed the retail sector in the modern NewGen

Pizza Hut and Americana open new restaurant at Dubai Creek Harbour

by Dina Maaty | 04 Aug 2019

A division of Yum! Brands, Inc. and the world’s largest pizza restaurant company, Pizza Hut opened a new branch at waterfront development Dubai Creek Harbour alongside franchise partner Americana.   Pizza Hut’s brand new ‘Fast Casual Delivery’ (FCD) restaurant will offer dine-in, carry-out and delivery. Customers will see their pizzas being prepared fresh in an

Millennium Hotels appoints Hossam Nabil as cluster director of sales and marketing for three properties

by Dina Maaty | 24 Jul 2019

Millennium Al Barsha, Millennium Atria Business Bay and Millennium Montrose Executive Apartments announced the appointment of Hossam Nabil as cluster director of sales and marketing. “I am fortunate enough to be part of the success journey of Millennium Atria Business Bay, Millennium Al Barsha and Millennium Montrose Executive Apartments. In line with the hotels’ growth

Fairmont The Palm appoints Kai Winkler as general manager

by Dina Maaty | 22 Jul 2019

Fairmont The Palm has appointed Kai Winkler as the resort’s general manager. According to the property, Winkler will be taking over from the resort’s former general manager Mark Sawkins, who has grown within the ACCOR brand as vice president of luxury brands within the region. Winkler brings over two decades of experience to the position.

Chef Stefan Borchardt, The Noodle House: satay, menu revamps and four upcoming openings

by Dina Maaty | 22 Jul 2019

Stefan Borchardt, brand chef of The Noodle House, talks satay, menu revamps and how the homegrown F&B brand’s presence is growing stronger with four upcoming branch openings in the pipeline. What’s trending in the F&B industry and how are you integrating these developments into menus at The Noodle House? Street food is a trend that

Any business, at its core, is about serving customers: Dusit Group CEO

by Dina Maaty | 16 Jul 2019

Dusit International Group CEO Suphajee Suthumpun’s passion is rooted in a simple concept: “any business, at its core, is about serving customers”. Overseeing a total of 269 properties, the hotel boss tells all about creating dreamlike experiences – day in, day out. To some, Dusit International is about luxury experiences that revolve around peace, serenity

Paramount Hotel Dubai announces executive board appointments

by Dina Maaty | 14 Jul 2019

Californian-style property Paramount Hotel Dubai, set to open in the last quarter of 2019, has announced the names of its new Executive Board members. Inspired by the Paramount Pictures vocabulary, hotel staff will be called ‘Paramount Cast Members’, and the Executive Board members ‘Executive Producers’.  Heading the release is Director (General Manager) Wael Soueid, who

Meet the GM: Slim Zaiane from Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 09 Jul 2019

Located in the heart of Dubai is the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, the perfect starting point to discovering a whole new world of lavish European-style grandeur. Here, Slim Zaiane, the hotel’s general manager, tells us all about his role, and the property. Please share your career journey with our readers. Over the

Attracting the right talent

by Dina Maaty | 09 Jul 2019

M D Warrier, managing director at Bin Eid Executive Search, gives us an in-depth look into recruitment challenges and the best ways to overcome them. As an expert in the industry, what’s the top challenge you think this region is facing in terms of recruitment? Please elaborate. Attracting adequately qualified, trained and experienced staff particularly

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