Interview: Purchasing Power

by Dina Maaty | 14 Jul 2016

Roopali Khurana, MCIPS, M. Com, ICSA, lead procurement management consultant, trainer, assessor and coach at ArcBlue explains why F&B procurement is unique in the Middle East How has F&B procurement developed in the Middle East since you first arrived here? Many restaurants and small kiosks from all over the world have opened, and so demand

Metropolitan Catering re-opens following multimillion-dirham refurb

by Dina Maaty | 14 Jul 2016

Following a multimillion-dirham investment, Habtoor Group’s Metropolitan Catering has re-opened. The refurbished facility features new kitchen facilities spanning 18,000ft2 with the capacity to produce 45,000 meals per day. Established for more than three decades, the facility, located in Jebel Ali Free Zone, offers private, corporate and commercial catering, with a focus on quality and value

Dubai enforces safety procedures for floating restaurants

by Dina Maaty | 12 Jul 2016

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is carrying out an inspection campaign to ensure floating restaurants operating in Dubai conform to international best practice standards. The authority is also encouraging floating restaurants to register their maritime operations in the Cruise Logbook, a standardised record, which provides a frame of reference for enforcing regulations and processes. Abdullah

Royal Catering boosts team with two new appointments

by Dina Maaty | 02 Jul 2016

Royal Catering has hired chef Yannick Tirbois and Tarek Hamze as it looks to further develop its operations in the UAE and GCC. Royal Catering chief operations officer, Pierre Garat commented: “As Royal Catering continues to expand its operations across Abu Dhabi, we are growing our highly skilled team of chefs to ensure we consistently

Dubai’s Gulfood and The Hotel Show form food & hospitality mega-event

by Dina Maaty | 27 Jun 2016

Dubai World Trade Centre’s Gulfood and DMG’s Hotel Show have entered into an alliance to jointly create the Middle East and Africa’s largest hospitality and food service event, Catering News has learned. Taking place from 18 – 20 September 2017 in Dubai, with the working title ‘Dubai International Hospitality Week’, the event is expected to

Food & Hospitality Oman returns this September

by Dina Maaty | 19 May 2016

The 11th edition of Food & Hospitality Oman will return to Oman International Exhibition Centre on 20 – 22 September. The international exhibition covers food and beverage, food processing technology, kitchen and catering equipment, packaging systems, and horeca furniture and related services. Oman is a fast-growing market for international suppliers to the foodservice industry. The

Emirates Leisure Retail secures new F&B outlets at Abu Dhabi Airport

by Dina Maaty | 17 May 2016

Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) will launch a number of F&B outlets at the new Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi International Airport. ELR was selected as one of four partners to bring the new dining concepts, which will include a number of world-firsts developed with long-term partners and brands new to the airport. More

Host Milan seeks buyers and exhibitors for 40th edition

by Dina Maaty | 16 May 2016

The 40th edition of biennial international hospitality exhibition, Host Milan, is set to take place from 20 – 24 October 2017, with opportunities for buyers and exhibitors to get on board. Already 800 companies have confirmed their participation, and 1,500 buyers are being targeted from every continent. Taking place in Milan convention centre, Fiera Milano,

ICCA Dubai honours 24 graduates of chef scholarship programme

by Dina Maaty | 15 May 2016

The International Centre for Culinary Arts Dubai (ICCA Dubai) held a graduation ceremony on 12 May to celebrate the 24 chefs who successfully completed its Culinary Scholarship Programme. The students completed the ICCA Dubai – International Chef Training Program, a City & Guilds London accredited IVQ level 2 qualification, along with other industry skills proficiency

Emaar Hospitality brings Mexican street food concept to Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 13 May 2016

Emaar Hospitality Group has partnered with Asian restaurant group, Maximal Concepts to bring Mexican street food concept, Brickhouse, to Dubai. The new restaurant will be located on Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, adjacent to boutique lifestyle hotel, Manzil Downtown Dubai, with both indoor seating and an outdoor terrace. Chris Newman, corporate director of operations at

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