New executive chef for Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2016

Kim Gates has been appointed as the new executive chef at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Chef Gates will supervise Thai Silk & Spice, Corniche all day dining; French bakery corner, Le Café lobby lounge, Club Millésime executive lounge, and Grills @ Chill’O, for which he has introduced a new Friday brunch concept by the pool.

India’s Sangeetha restaurant opens eighth UAE outlet in Deira

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2016

South Indian vegetarian restaurant Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant has opened a new branch at Al Ghurair Centre, Deira, marking its eighth UAE opening, 47th globally, and its first mall restaurant. The Chennai-based brand has been in the UAE for 15 years, and is franchised in the GCC and Hong Kong by and in partnership with LMZ

Shifting expat demographics means new F&B opportunities in Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 23 Feb 2016

At the Gulfood Conference in Dubai, experts at the F&B Business Forum discussed new opportunities for restaurants as the UAE market reaches saturation point. Naim Maadad, CEO, Gates Hospitality; Daniel During, principal and MD, Thomas Klein International; Nicholas Couvaras, MD, Kroma, Vikrant Rohatgi, associate director and lead – strategy group, deal advisory, KPMG; and Martin Kubler founder

Dubai Food Festival unveils full programme of events

by Dina Maaty | 21 Feb 2016

The organisers of Dubai Food Festival 2016 have unveiled the full 17-day line-up of events, activities, celebrity chefs and promotions across the city, starting from 25 February. The festival engages more than 1000 restaurants and 30 celebrity chefs showcasing Dubai’s culinary offering. Now in its third year, the Dubai Food Festival is organised by the

Raffles Dubai to take part in Dubai Food Festival

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Feb 2016

The Garden at Raffles, the new alfresco dining area at Raffles Dubai will take part in Dubai Food Festival 2016 on 4 and 5 March 2016. The Garden will showcase stalls with international, Arabic and Asian cuisine, serving dishes such as pulled BBQ rolls, gourmet burgers, hot dogs, grilled seafood and ice cream. There will

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

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

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

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