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Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach appoints director of F&B

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Oct 2016

Huib Hendrix has been appointed as the new director of F&B of Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach. In his role, Hendrix will provide strategic leadership and execution for the hotel’s food and beverage concepts, which include Fogueira Restaurant, Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant, Sama Lounge, The Lounge and the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Shores Restaurant. Huib earned

Deadline Today: Leaders in F&B Awards

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Oct 2016

Nominations close today for Catering News Middle East’s inaugural Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards. For full details on how to nominate, and for a list of frequently asked questions, please click on this link or email The Catering News team is looking for more nominations across ALL categories but particularly: PEOPLE Bartender of

Interview: Rüya Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Oct 2016

Turkish restaurateur Umut Özkanca and chef Colin Clague introduce Rüya, Dubai’s first contemporary Anatolian restaurant, lounge and bar. When most people think of Turkish cuisine, greasy kebabs and garlic mayonnaise spring to mind. However, second generation Turkish restaurateur and entrepreneur Umut Özkanca, and Colin Clague, previous head chef of Jean Georges Dubai, Qbara and Zuma

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro to open at Jumeirah Al Naseem

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Oct 2016

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, a new Italian restaurant and bar is set to open at Al Naseem Madinat Jumeirah in December. It is the first international venture for Il Borro, a 1000-year-old Tuscan estate owned by the Italian Ferregamo family and stretching over 700 hectares. Salvatore Ferragamo said: “The Ferragamo family and I are excited

The Experience by Reif Othman opens at Dubai’s H Hotel

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Oct 2016

The Experience, a luxury chef’s table concept by Reif Othman, chef patron of Play Restaurant and Lounge, has opened on the 37th floor of the H Hotel. The concept, located on the floor above Play Restaurant and Lounge has eclectic, industrial interiors with views overlooking Downtown Dubai. Seating 12 people, The Experience offers guests an interactive

Taste of Abu Dhabi returns in November

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Oct 2016

Taste of Abu Dhabi returns to the UAE capital on 10 – 12 November with a line-up of celebrity chefs, including one of India’s most famous chefs, Sanjeev Kapoor, top UK chef, Ed Baines and Taste of Abu Dhabi regulars, Jenny Morris and Josh Stanzl. The chefs will take part in the Chefs Theatre and

Interview: Ras Al Khaimah’s burgeoning F&B scene

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Oct 2016

Ras Al Khaimah’s food and beverage scene is undergoing a transformation with major brands entering, existing outlets being refurbished, and the addition of new developments. Catering News catches up with Barry Ebrahimy, head of commercial, Al Hamra Real Estate Development to find out more about the projects shaping the emirate’s restaurant landscape Tell us about

French eatery La Môme opens in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Oct 2016

French restaurant La Môme Dubai has opened on the 49th floor of Nassima Royal Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. A taste of 1950s and 60s vintage France in Dubai, the 85-seat venue is open every day for lunch from 12pm-3pm and for dinner from 7.30pm- 12am. Nicolas Pierre, part of the team behind La Môme

Royal Catering expands 82L8 brand with corporate restaurants

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Oct 2016

Abu Dhabi-based home-grown caterer Royal Catering is expanding its 82L8 (Eight to Late) concept with new in-house corporate dining outlets. On weekdays, the outlets serve a buffet for breakfast and lunch, including a Sunday Special, at selected offices including ADNOC HQ, AECOM, Injazat and Department of Transport. Jean Pierre Garat, chief operations officer, Royal Catering,

Uber launches food delivery service in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Oct 2016

Online transportation network company Uber has launched new food delivery service UberEATS in Dubai. The UberEATS app can be downloaded and used to order from hundreds of restaurants in Dubai seven days a week from 11am – 11pm Sunday – Thursday and until 5am on weekends. Jambu Palaniappan, UberEATS EMEA head, said: “Bringing UberEATS to

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