Shangri-La Doha welcomes head pastry chef

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Apr 2017

Shangri-La Hotel Doha has appointed Nana Supriatna as head pastry chef. Supriatna, from Indonesia, had previously served as executive pastry chef at Grosvenor House Dubai since 2005. Alex Willats, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel Doha said: “To have someone with such experience from one of the best hotels in Dubai join the team is incredibly

Qatar International Food Festival gears up for final weekend

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Apr 2017

Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), taking place from 29 March – 8 April at Hotel Park, Doha, is gearing up for its final weekend of festivities. In addition to the festival’s daily fireworks at 8pm, the last weekend of the event will feature entertainment for all ages with open-air film screenings, food carving shows, health

Shangri-La Doha makes executive chef appointment

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Apr 2017

Shangri-La Hotel Doha has appointed executive chef Jean-Luc Morcellet to oversee the hotel’s F&B outlets. Chef Morcellet, originally from France, has over 20 years of international experience, having worked in hotels around the world, including The Dorchester and The Savoy in London where he led culinary teams. Chef Morcellet said: “I am thrilled for this

Alrayyan Hotel Doha is putting families first

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Feb 2017

The newly opened Alrayyan Hotel Doha is confident that targeting the family sector will help it to avoid the financial difficulties that are affecting economies across the globe. Hotel News Middle East was among those in attendance at a special roundtable event at the hotel, which is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, to mark the

Gary Rhodes to open cinema projects in Doha and Egypt

by Crystal Chesters | 26 Jan 2017

British celebrity chef, Gary Rhodes OBE, will open two more projects in the Middle East & Africa region, in partnership with Vox Cinemas. Theatre by Rhodes in Doha Festival City and a Gold cinema project in Mall of Egypt, Cairo, are scheduled to open on 2 March. Commenting on the new ventures, Gary Rhodes told Catering News: “I’m

Meliá Hotels CEO maps out the year ahead for industry

by Patrick Ryan | 24 Jan 2017

The vice chairman and CEO of the Meliá Hotel group, which has properties in Dubai and Doha, has highlighted a number of challenges facing the hotel industry in the year ahead. Gabriel Escarrer was speaking at the FITUR international tourism conference in Madrid, addressing a wide ranging number of issues from Brexit to geopolitical changes

First look: The Avenue Doha

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Jan 2017

Hotel News ME takes a look at Katara Hospitality’s latest opening, The Avenue Doha. Sofia Soltani caught up with Shadi Kassem, general manager… Since opening how well has the hotel been performing? As we are still in the soft opening stage, we are building on our sales and marketing strategies whilst considering the competition of the

Doha hotel joins Hilton’s Curio Collection

by Patrick Ryan | 10 Jan 2017

The AlRayyan Hotel Doha is the first property in the Middle East to be added to the Curio Collection by Hilton, a global portfolio of more than 30 hotels across the globe aimed at offering travellers an authentic local experience. “Doha, characterised as a destination offering inspiration, progress and adventure, has firmly placed itself as

Bateel makes Qatar debut

by Crystal Chesters | 29 Dec 2016

Gourmet date and confectionery brand, Bateel International, has made its debut in Qatar, with six boutiques and cafes to be rolled out in the first quarter of 2017. The first venues opened in December in Mall of Qatar and Doha Tower (Burj Doha). Commenting on the openings, Bateel International general manager Tina Memic said: “Bateel

AlRayyan Hotel Doha reveals new executive team

by Sophia Soltani | 08 Dec 2016

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio – A Collection by Hilton has revealed the executive members behind the new city hotel set to open late December 2016. General Manager, Luca Crocco, who was appointed during the hotel’s pre-opening phase in June 2015, leads a multicultural team across the 201 rooms and suites, five restaurants, three outdoor swimming

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