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AGENDA: The Big Food & Beverage Forum 2016

by Crystal Chesters | 14 Aug 2016

BIG F&B FORUM: AGENDA 8.00: Registration & networking 8.30:  Welcome address from Catering News Middle East 8.35: Keynote address: The value of F&B to Dubai’s tourism offer Aida Al Busaidy, Senior Manager, Communications – Dubai Tourism 9.00: Expert session: What would a smoking ban mean for the UAE’s bars and restaurants? Dr.Basem Abdul Moneim, Public Health Specialist,

Bull&Roo overhauls three outlet menus

by Crystal Chesters | 13 Aug 2016

Bull&Roo outlets, Tom & Serg, The Sum of Us and Common Grounds have updated their menus with healthy dishes and more ethically-sourced produce. The Sum of Us artisan café has added peppered pomegranate braised chicken pops (AED 49); eggplant, date and chickpea tagine (AED 55), and ginger breeze steamed seabass (AED 79). The café is

Claypot Indian restaurant re-opens following refurbishment

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Aug 2016

Claypot Indian restaurant at Citymax Bur Dubai re-opens this month following a refurbishment. The contemporary Indian restaurant has a new menu featuring North and South Indian dishes, with the introduction of sharing platters for larger groups. A live food trolley will move around the restaurant serving spirits and chaat, a traditional South-Asian road-side snack. Complete

Interview: Solutions Leisure

by Crystal Chesters | 11 Aug 2016

Just four months after opening, Dubai’s alternative live music bar Lock Stock & Barrel has outperformed its targets by almost threefold. Solutions Leisure creative director Freek Teusink reveals the secret of the company’s success and its aggressive expansion plans for Dubai and beyond As Freek Teusink, creative director of Solutions Leisure, quite rightly admits, he

ITW Abu Dhabi to host world’s largest hosted buyers programme

by Crystal Chesters | 11 Aug 2016

International Travel Week-Abu Dhabi (ITW-Abu Dhabi) will this year play host to the world’s largest hosted buyer programme, according to a statement from the organisers. Taking place on 21 – 25 November 2016, the event is a platform for addressing tourism niche markets such as halal, medical, shopping and family-friendly sector. The year’s event is

Jumeira Rotana unveils Olive Oil restaurant

by Crystal Chesters | 11 Aug 2016

Olive Oil, Jumeira Rotana Dubai’s new all-day dining restaurant has opened its doors following a refurbishment. With earthy coloured interiors, the restaurant offers different cuisines each night and a Friday brunch. Ulrich Hoffmeister, general manager of the hotel said: “We are delighted to launch the first-of-its kind all day dining restaurant in the heart of

Burger Pit food truck launches at Last Exit

by Crystal Chesters | 11 Aug 2016

Twenty-four-hour food truck, Burger Pit, has launched its first outlet in the UAE at Last Exit, the newly opened gourmet food truck park by Meraas. Drawing inspiration from the 50’s, Burger Pit offers a variety of burgers including classic beef and chicken burgers starting from AED 29. Meanwhile, the ‘British Heritage’ features a home-ground beef

Gates Hospitality launches brand showcase “Local Heroes”

by Crystal Chesters | 10 Aug 2016

Gates Hospitality, the name behind well-known Dubai venues Reform Social & Grill, Bistro Des Arts and Ultra Brasserie, has launched Local Heroes, a book to showcase its growing portfolio of brands. Featuring interviews, exclusive details of upcoming venues and some of the most popular recipes from each restaurant and bar, the book is available to

Asian restaurant Prax’s targets 10 UAE outlets

by Crystal Chesters | 09 Aug 2016

Dubai-founded Asian restaurant, Prax’s, is set to open in eight more locations across the UAE by 2020. Part of the Magnata Restaurant’s Group, the first Prax’s opened on Jumeirah Beach Road in December 2015, and a second outlet launched earlier this summer in Barsha Heights. Deepak Asnani, a Magnata Restaurants investor commented: “Since the launch

Besh Turkish Kitchen to open in Dubai in September

by Crystal Chesters | 09 Aug 2016

Besh Turkish Kitchen, an authentic, casual Turkish restaurant is set to open in September on level 5, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. The concept has been developed in collaboration with Vedat Basaran, a well-known chef and food culture researcher from Istanbul. Basaran is a board member of Turkish food supplier Nar Gourmet, the company

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