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Canadian rock and roll concept Weslodge opens in Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 16 Mar 2016

Canadian saloon-inspired concept, Weslodge Saloon has opened at the JW Marriott Marquis in Business Bay. Icon Legacy Hospitality and INK Entertainment, both from Canada, joined forces with Icon Arabia and Daman Investments to bring Weslodge to Dubai. The brand, which defines itself as ‘rock and roll chic’ features North American cuisine and hip hop and

DWTC wins big at Salon Culinaire

by Dina Maaty | 10 Mar 2016

Hospitality by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) won 85 accolades across 27 categories at the annual Emirates Salon Culinaire, the culinary competition hosted at Gulfood 2016, the world’s largest annual food and hospitality show. A core team of 49 chefs from the DWTC participated in the five-day event showcasing their skills across multiple categories including

Bahraja General Trading targets expansion beyond Middle East

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Feb 2016

Bahraja General Trading is looking to target more five-star hotels, palaces and hospitality companies in the GCC, however its key focus is tapping into markets outside of the region. “We are looking to tap into markets across the GCC but now also want to expand more in the Maldives and Africa – we’re looking for

Boiron launches semi-candied fruit at Gulfood

by Dina Maaty | 29 Feb 2016

French frozen fruit manufacturer Les Vergers Boiron launched a new range of semi-candied fruit products at Gulfood, primarily for use in bakery applications, bread, brioches and travel cakes. The company has been working with Chef Middle East for more than 10 years to distribute its products throughout the region, and is now focusing on working

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

Egypt to promote thriving F&B exports at Gulfood

by Dina Maaty | 14 Feb 2016

Egypt’s food and beverage industry is looking to expand its global export footprint and leverage growing demand for halal products, with a major promotion scheduled for next week’s Gulfood in Dubai. Around 167 Egyptian companies will participate in the 21st edition of Gulfood, the world’s largest hospitality and F&B trade show, which runs from February 21-25

London’s Burger & Lobster opens in Dubai this week

by Dina Maaty | 14 Feb 2016

London-based brand Burger & Lobster will open its first Dubai outlet this Wednesday 17 February in the Burj Daman Building, DIFC. The concept is a new take on surf and turf, with a simplified menu offering just three items: 10oz burgers, whole lobsters or lobster rolls, served with chips & salad. The burgers are made

La Petite Maison to display famous art and photography

by Dina Maaty | 10 Feb 2016

La Petite Maison Dubai in collaboration with Opera Gallery will become a museum of dining starting in celebration of Art Week. From 13 – 20 March, the French restaurant will display the works of well-known artists and photographers. “You can only fully understand a work of art when you’ve eaten next to it, danced next

DIFC nightspot Indie to open this week

by Dina Maaty | 08 Feb 2016

New nightspot Indie, a concept by AddMind, is set to open on Thursday this week in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The kitchen and lounge is a standalone speakeasy, which sets out to offer an alternative experience to neighbouring venues. AddMind CEO Tony Habre said: “We don’t like to put people and nightlife in neat

Magnolia Bakery opens at Dubai Festival City

by Sophia Soltani | 03 Feb 2016

New York City’s Magnolia Bakery has opened its third store in Dubai in Dubai Festival City, marking the company’s 10th Middle Eastern opening. David Singleton, vice president – hospitality of Al Tayer Group, the company that brought the brand to the region, commented: “We greatly look forward to welcoming fans of Magnolia Bakery from across









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