Interview: Mango Tree Worldwide CEO, Trevor Mackenzie

by Dina Maaty | 09 Jun 2016

As Mango Tree Worldwide closes its only Middle Eastern outlet at the prime location of Dubai’s Souk Al Bahar, managing director Trevor Mackenzie asserts that the Thai brand will return to the region before the end of 2016. After almost a decade of operations, Bangkok-founded Thai restaurant brand Mango Tree will depart from what is

Market restaurant concept Bazxar to open in Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 09 Jun 2016

Bazxar, a food-market-restaurant-wine-bar concept will open this month in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).  The concept has been created by Kunal Lahori’s company Create Hospitality, which is behind Spanish tapas restaurant concept, El Sur and coffee shop and deli, Prêt to Go. The interiors have been created by Bishop Design, and feature contemporary art, rustic

Swissôtel global F&B director is new Raffles Dubai chef

by Dina Maaty | 06 Jun 2016

Doxis Bekris, who first joined FRHI Hotels & Resorts in 2010 as corporate F&B/ culinary director of the Swissôtel brand, has been appointed executive chef at Raffles Dubai. The Greek national brings 20 years of experience to his new role, having worked at brands including Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, Emaar Hospitality, and in various roles with

Roberto’s founder launches new Italian concept in DIFC

by Dina Maaty | 05 Jun 2016

Skelmore Hospitality Group, the brand owner of Roberto’s Restaurant & Lounge, has launched new Italian dining concept, Mercato in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The homegrown brand is based on the idea of an Italian food market, with a retail space featuring cured meats, cheeses, freshly made pasta, bread and pastries, condiments and locally roasted

Melbourne seafood brand The Atlantic confirms Souk Al Bahar site

by Dina Maaty | 19 May 2016

Melbourne seafood restaurant The Atlantic is set to open its doors in Souk Al Bahar in the space that has been occupied by Thai restaurant brand Mango Tree for the past nine years. The concept is to be franchised to Solutions Leisure, the company behind Dubai homegrown venues Q43 in Media One Hotel and Lock,

Interview: Totora Cebicheria Peruana

by Dina Maaty | 12 May 2016

One of a string of Peruvian restaurants to open in Dubai International Financial Centre this year, Totora Cebicheria Peruana promises to compete with a truly authentic taste of Peru. Crystal Chesters reports With European, Asian and African flavours weaved together and underpinned by indigenous traditions, it’s no wonder Peruvian food has exploded in Dubai, which

Appetite The Shop opens third Dubai location

by Dina Maaty | 09 May 2016

Appetite The Shop has opened a third Dubai location in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). This follows the success of the brand’s other two venues, one of which opened in Business Bay Avenue last September and another located in the A4 space in Al-Serkal Avenue. Situated in the Index Tower, DIFC, the 350 ft2  venue offers the same

Spill the beans: Henrik Baecklund, La Serre Bistro Bar

by Dina Maaty | 04 May 2016

Henrik Baecklund, the new head bartender at La Serre Bistro Bar Dubai, reveals the secrets of the venue’s new cocktail menu What experience do you bring to La Serre? With a professional background in hospitality, I have worked in many bars and nightclubs around the world, gaining solid experience in high-end cocktail crafting. I therefore

AHIC 2016 unveils exclusive data on hotel performance

by Sophia Soltani | 01 May 2016

The organisers of Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) shared exclusive data from Colliers International, HVS, and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) on the last day of the event, which took place from 26 – 28 April at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. While Colliers International presented performance data from 29 submarkets in the Middle East, HVS Dubai revealed

Lime Tree Café celebrates 15th anniversary

by Dina Maaty | 01 May 2016

Homegrown Dubai F&B concept, Lime Tree Café is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The first venue under the brand opened in Jumeirah in 2001, offering health-focused deli-style food, with organic, Fair Trade coffee and tea. Corinne Bowker, managing partner, Lime Tree Café commented: “When we first established The Lime Tree Café in Jumeirah, our vision was

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