Cover Story: Home-grown Haven

by Mahak Mannan | 07 Aug 2018

Being with the company since its very inception as general manager of Beach Rotana in Abu Dhabi, Omer Kaddouri, president and CEO of Rotana, has watched the company grow to become one of the most successful regional players in the hospitality industry and Mahak Mannan speaks to him about wat lies ahead. If you compare

Centara Hotels & Resorts set to open first Dubai property

by Mahak Mannan | 29 Jul 2018

The 601-room beachfront resort and waterpark boosts Dubai’s four star accommodation offering in line with government tourism strategy.  UAE-based developer Nakheel and leading Thai hotel group Centara Hotels & Resorts cemented their AED500 million joint venture with a construction contract worth AED290.5 million to build a 601-room beachfront resort at Dubai’s Deira Islands. The two

Three new Zaatar w Zeit outlets to open this month

by Mahak Mannan | 17 Jul 2018

Cravia, the parent company of Cinnabon, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Zaatar w Zeit and Five Guys, has announced that it will open three new Zaatar w Zeit outlets in July as part of its ongoing expansion plans for the brand. The new outlets are due to open in Mira Town Centre and Al Hadeel as well

Rotana Opens Three New Global Sales Offices

by Mahak Mannan | 16 Jul 2018

Rotana has announced the inauguration of new global sales offices in Paris, Milan, and Amsterdam. These will complement the company’s existing offices in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Germany, India, Russia, the UAE, and UK, to help support Rotana’s expansion plans and drive business from these key markets. Declan Hurley, Rotana corporate vice president, sales, said:

Emaar Hospitality Group enters Africa with Kalyan Group

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Jun 2018

Emaar Hospitality Group has marked its expansion to Sub-Saharan Africa in partnership with Kalyan Group to operate Address Hotel 2 Février Lomé Togo, a hotel set in the heart of the city and in the tallest building in Togo. Located close to the Lomé–Tokoin International Airport, Address Hotel 2 Février Lomé Togo will be operated

Tim Hortons expands UAE presence with a new branch

by Mahak Mannan | 13 Jun 2018

The Canadian coffee chain has opened a new branch in Mall of the Emirates. In line with its GCC expansion strategy, Tim Hortons has opened a new branch in Mall all of the Emirates, embodying a refreshed look of the Canadian chain. The Tim Hortons coffee shop in Mall of The Emirates will be the

WOK BOYZ launches second location in Dubai

by Mahak Mannan | 11 Jun 2018

WOK BOYZ is bringing its Asian street food concept to Dubai Internet City. Opening right in time for summer, the concept will bring its menu of customisable wok-meals inspired from the far corners of Asia, to Dubai Internet City’s Building 3 food court. The new location is set to serve as a delivery hub to

wagamama opens first Sharjah restaurant

by Mahak Mannan | 13 May 2018

The popular London eatery has expanded into their second Emirate in the UAE. Located in Al Juraina District within the newly opened mall Zero 6, the debut restaurant offers seating for 110 customers within a contemporary dining space spanning 180 square metres including wagamama’s trademark communal dining tables and outdoor terrace area. wagamama presents its

SugarMoo Announces KSA Joint Venture with Al Hokair Group

by Mahak Mannan | 13 May 2018

As part of its ongoing development, SugarMoo has signed a joint venture partnership with the Al Hokair Group whereby they will deliver their dessert solutions directly to Saudi Arabian taste buds. Since its launch in 2014, SugarMoo has expanded into four dessert labs located across the city whilst simultaneously catering to over 100 F&B outlets.

Sharjah gets a slice of Freedom

by Mahak Mannan | 10 May 2018

The new Sharjah outlet marks Freedom Pizza’s tenth opening. Freedom Pizza has opened its first branch in Sharjah at Al Nahda, Industrial Area 7. The store, which has a cosy dine-in area, is open from 10:30am until midnight from Sunday to Wednesday, with extended hours on Thursday and Friday until 2am. Residents of Sharjah can

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