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Shangri-La Dubai unveils renovation and F&B loyalty offers

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

Shangri-La Dubai has introduced several offers for Dubai residents and visitors in line with the launch of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ ‘The Table by Golden Circle’, a new F&B loyalty programme. The new offers coincide with a AED 70 million renovation across the hotel’s 302 guest rooms and public areas, including the Lobby Lounge and

Meraas opens Luxury chocolate boutique in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

Dubai-based holding company, Meraas has opened Boutique Le Chocolat, its newest homegrown concept in City Walk dedicated to multi-brand premium chocolates. Offering bespoke and personalised blends alongside ready-made hand-crafted chocolates, the 13,000 ft2 boutique features more than 28 international luxury chocolate brands, and has plans to introduce 60 more. Kareem Faisal, chief retail officer at

Nominations open for World Halal Tourism Awards

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

The second edition of World Halal Tourism Awards will recognise excellence in the halal and family-friendly travel and tourism industry. The nominations opened on 11 September 2016 across 16 award categories, including Best Halal Tour Operator, Best Family Friendly Hotel and World’s Best Non OIC Emerging Halal Destination. The winners and runners-up of the 2016

Antique Bazaar promotes chef Hoshiyar Chauhan

by Crystal Chesters | 25 Sep 2016

Antique Bazaar at Four Points Sheraton Bur Dubai has promoted chef Hoshiyar Chauhan from sous chef to the role of chef de cuisine. Chef Chauhan brings more than 16 years of culinary experience in Indian cuisine. Amit Kumar, director food & beverage, Four Points by Sheraton, Bur Dubai said: “Promoting Chef Hoshiyar to lead the

Interview: Alain Devahive, LaLuz

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Sep 2016

Chef Alain Devahive, who worked beside Ferran Adrià at the famous elBulli for a decade is now in Dubai heading up the culinary operation of LaLuz, DIFC. He tells Catering News why Dubai is finally ready for modern Catalan cuisine “I’ve tried many of the restaurants here and they are the same; the presentation is

Deadline this week for Leaders in F&B Awards entries

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Sep 2016

There are only five days left to submit nominations for Catering News Middle East’s inaugural Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards, celebrating excellence and innovation in the region’s food and beverage industry. Set to take place at Westin Mina Seyahi Dubai on Wednesday 9 November, the Leaders in F&B Awards will celebrate 18 categories, divided

Riverland F&B hub on track for October opening

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Sep 2016

Riverland Dubai, the multi-themed dining and retail destination located at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, is preparing to open next month. Set to feature more than 50 restaurants and retail shops, the development features a one-kilometre long river, which is currently being filled with water ahead of the 31 October launch. Visitors will

Mid-market restaurants drive innovation in UAE F&B landscape

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Sep 2016

The final panel debate of The Big F&B Forum delved into the cuisine trends impacting the Middle East’s F&B industry and how chefs are responding to increasing consumer awareness of provenance, sustainability and nutrition. Panellists revealed that mid-market restaurants are the key drivers of innovation in the UAE, and that local chef talent is needed

Role of HR becoming more valuable to F&B industry

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Sep 2016

A debate titled “A rising talent pool: but at what cost” at The Big F&B Forum on 20 September revealed that HR is becoming more strategically important in the F&B industry as competition for talent ramps up. Highlighting that HR has traditionally been undervalued in the UAE F&B industry, Lynne Bellinger, managing director, Purple Hospitality

Dubai restaurant closures signal maturing market

by Crystal Chesters | 21 Sep 2016

The first panel session of The Big F&B Forum, “Creating a more sophisticated F&B landscape” explored the impact oversaturation has had on the market, and how homegrown, neighbourhood F&B concepts and new community developments are helping to create a more mature ecosystem. Highlighting the current imbalance between supply and demand, Daniel During, principal & managing









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