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

TIME opens sports-themed restaurant O’Learys in Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 11 May 2016

UAE-headquartered TIME Hotels Management will launch O’Learys US sports-themed restaurant on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Noor Bank metro station. Opening on 1 June 2016, the casual dining venue will have a total capacity for 250, spanning six seating areas within the restaurant, terrace, shisha area and bar. The move marks TIME’s second O’Learys franchise,

ICONS sugar-free coffee shop expands to Abu Dhabi

by Dina Maaty | 10 May 2016

ICONS Coffee Couture, a fashion-forward coffee shop specialising in sugar-free and naturally sweetened products has opened its first outlet in Abu Dhabi at the Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi. The brand, founded by German model Elena Weber, already has outlets in Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. Weber commented: ““I am keen on our journey to Abu

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

The big cheese: Nathan Outlaw

by Dina Maaty | 08 May 2016

British Michelin-starred chef, Nathan Outlaw is getting ready to introduce a more accessible F&B offer to the luxurious Burj Al Arab, with his signature fine-dining, sustainable seafood. Dubai has been on Nathan Outlaw’s radar since Gordon Ramsay first opened Verre at Hilton Dubai Creek in 2001, however he had never been to the emirate before

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

Boubouffee Lebanese Brasserie to open 5 more UAE outlets

by Dina Maaty | 30 Apr 2016

The Addmind Group and franchisor Boubouffe International have opened BouBouffe Lebanese Brasserie on Sheikh Zayed Road, marking the brand’s Dubai debut. The franchise agreement will see another four BouBouffee branches open in the UAE within the next two years, to be managed by Addmind Group. BouBouffe’s first UAE venture opened in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi

Dubai restaurant introduces ‘Friends over Phones’ campaign

by Dina Maaty | 29 Apr 2016

South Anatolian restaurant, Köşebaşı in Dubai has introduced fun campaign, ‘Friends over Phones’, whereby diners are encouraged to put their phones aside while having dinner. Starting from 1 May with a phone stack box placed in the middle of each table, Köşebaşı challenges diners to enjoy an entire meal without checking their phones. A monitor

Ilir Caushi returns to Zuma Dubai as GM

by Dina Maaty | 07 Apr 2016

Japanese restaurant concept, Zuma, has appointed Ilir Caushi as general manager for its Dubai location. Selected for the role by founder, Rainer Becker, Caushi has been part of the company for over seven years. He first joined the Dubai restaurant in 2008 as assistant general manager, before transferring to Zuma Abu Dhabi to head up

Amwaj Rotana opens gastropub on Dubai’s JBR Walk

by Dina Maaty | 04 Apr 2016

Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach – Dubai has introduced new gastropub, JB’s, marking the fourth of the hotel’s signature restaurants. The gastropub, which has an entrance from JBR Walk, offers British and American cuisine, smoked meats, barbeques, roasts and craft beer. Commenting on the new eatery, Mark Deere, the hotel’s general manager said: “Having enjoyed huge

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