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Interview: 54º East founder and CEO Rafia Al Mulla

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Dec 2016

As business-on-wheels provider Roundup prepares to open its Jeddah office, Emirati founder and CEO, Rafia AlMulla reveals ambitions global expansion plans for the young brand What is your career background? I come from a Dubai-based family; we have our own businesses in hospitality and other sectors. I studied in Dubai and I love the city

Enab Beirut comes to Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Dec 2016

Enab Beirut, a Lebanese restaurant brand will open in Dubai’s City Walk 2 this month. The venue’s interiors will feature printed, mismatched seating juxtaposed with bright, solid colours on the walls, vintage bird cages and potted plants, reflecting the features of a typical Lebanese home. The menu comprises traditional Lebanese items, such as salads, cold

New F&B director joins Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Dec 2016

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights has appointed Jose Rocha as director of food & beverage / culinary operations.  With a career with Hyatt Hotels spanning 30 years, most recently Rocha, who comes from Mexico, was executive chef of Hyatt Regency Dubai. Commenting on his new role, Rocha said: “I am very excited and thankful for

Pasta company Barilla inaugurates Dubai restaurants

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Dec 2016

Barilla, the Italian company behind Barilla pasta has opened two restaurants in Dubai in partnership with Al Futtaim Group. Marking the brand’s first ventures outside of the US, the venues are located in Dubai Festival City and The Outlet Village and promise to offer authentic Italian cuisine at affordable prices. Omar Al Futtaim, vice chairman

Anantara Eastern Mangroves welcomes new Thai chef

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Dec 2016

Chef Pitak Srichan has joined Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara in Abu Dhabi as Thai chef of signature restaurant, Pachaylen. Having been with Anantara Hotels & Resorts for four years, chef Srichan previously held the same role at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, where he managed the operation of Dee Plee restaurant. Chef Srichan

Talent interview: El Sur head chef Juan Carlos

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

El Sur head chef Juan Carlos says steady progression is key to success in the region’s F&B industry Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? My first role in the F&B industry was washing dishes while I was studying in Andorra, Spain. It’s a very laborious job and makes you appreciate how important

1762 Stripped opens in Dubai’s JLT

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

1762, the Gourmet Deli Company, has launched 1762 Stripped, located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers. The 5,000 ft2 two-storey venue features an in-house bakery, a retail corner with home décor and kitchenware, and a food lab, which will host educational sessions for guests to learn from the chefs. Suzi Croft, co-owner, commented: “The only way

Todd English gears up to launch two new UAE venues

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

American chef Todd English is preparing to launch two new outlets in the UAE – one in Abu Dhabi’s new airport extension, and the second in Dubai Mall. Located in the AED 10.8 billion Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, English will open a pub modelled on Todd English P.U.B. in Las Vegas, but

Bulldozer introduces Uzbek-inspired restaurant to Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

Bulldozer Group, behind Cipriani, Sass Café and Novikov, makes its first foray into casual dining with the launch of Eshak on Dubai’s City Walk 2. Scheduled to open mid-December, the restaurant draws inspiration from the Silk Route, blending Uzbek, Armenian, Georgian, European and Middle Eastern tastes. Chef Mahmoud Efranjiey, who is at the helm of

Second Lock, Stock & Barrel to open in 2017

by Crystal Chesters | 29 Nov 2016

Dubai-based entertainment group Solutions Leisure Group will open a second Lock, Stock & Barrel venue in the second quarter of 2017, managing director Paul Evans revealed during an exclusive interview with Catering News Middle East. Scheduled to launch in May, the two-floor bar will be double the size of the original outlet in Grand Millennium









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