AccorHotels inks deal with Mawarid Finance to develop an ibis Styles in Al Jaddaf

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Feb 2016

AccorHotels has signed an agreement with Mawarid Finance to develop an ibis Styles hotel in Al Jaddaf as part of a mixed-use development that will also include Mawarid Finance’s new headquarters in Dubai. The 200-key ibis Styles, located in the Al Jaddaf area, marks the beginning of a partnership between AccorHotels and Mawarid Finance, a

Bridor launches gluten-free range at Gulfood

by Dina Maaty | 28 Feb 2016

French Bakery supplier Bridor showcased its newly launched range of gluten-free products at Gulfood, which took place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 21 – 25 February. The company’s new range includes two bread rolls, one brioche and one madeleine, which are individually packed to avoid contamination with products that contain wheat. “Gluten-free is no

Azizi Developments launches AED 350m Royal Bay Residence project on Palm Jumeirah

by Sophia Soltani | 28 Feb 2016

Dubai based real-estate developer, Azizi Developments has announced the launch of Royal Bay Residence, a collection of 90 fully serviced luxurious residential apartments situated on the Palm Jumeirah. The new project is part of company’s AED 4.5bn development plan to build thousands of flats in Nakheel’s Al Furjan project and Palm Jumeirah.  The building has

Tony Billingham promoted to group CEO of Boncafe

by Dina Maaty | 28 Feb 2016

Tony Billingham has been named group CEO, Boncafe, in the final part of the company’s restructure since its acquisition two years ago. In his new role, Tony will be based between Dubai and Singapore, leading Boncafe’s major operations and the country managers in other territories. Explaining the scope of his new role, Tony said: “We

Falcon named distributor of Fabbri Gelato

by Dina Maaty | 28 Feb 2016

Fabbri Gelato, the 111 year old Italian gelato and pastry arm of the wider Fabbri 1905 company, is to be distributed in the UAE by Falcon Professional Kitchen LLC. The signing represents the beginning of Fabbri’s “transformation of distribution channels” which has seen the business divided into three units – beverages, gelato and pastry, and

Levantine restaurant Zaroob to open in Sharjah

by Dina Maaty | 26 Feb 2016

Zuhour Group’s Levantine restaurant brand Zaroob is set to open in Sharjah. A number of branches are already operating in Dubai, with locations on Sheikh Zayed Road, Palm Jumeirah and Global Village, and plans for further outlets. The menu includes dishes from across the Levant region and will have live cooking stations, an open kitchen

New executive chef for Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2016

Kim Gates has been appointed as the new executive chef at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche. Chef Gates will supervise Thai Silk & Spice, Corniche all day dining; French bakery corner, Le Café lobby lounge, Club Millésime executive lounge, and Grills @ Chill’O, for which he has introduced a new Friday brunch concept by the pool.

India’s Sangeetha restaurant opens eighth UAE outlet in Deira

by Dina Maaty | 25 Feb 2016

South Indian vegetarian restaurant Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant has opened a new branch at Al Ghurair Centre, Deira, marking its eighth UAE opening, 47th globally, and its first mall restaurant. The Chennai-based brand has been in the UAE for 15 years, and is franchised in the GCC and Hong Kong by and in partnership with LMZ

F&B entrepreneurs warn new players to “lose the ego”

by Dina Maaty | 24 Feb 2016

Panellists at the Start-up Advice for the F&B Entrepreneur discussion at the Gulfood Conference advised new F&B business operators to be humble, to take advice from the right people, and to negotiate carefully with partners in order to successfully enter the market. Samer S. Hamadeh and Ziad Kamel, co-founders and managing partners of Aegis Hospitality; Karl

Shifting expat demographics means new F&B opportunities in Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 23 Feb 2016

At the Gulfood Conference in Dubai, experts at the F&B Business Forum discussed new opportunities for restaurants as the UAE market reaches saturation point. Naim Maadad, CEO, Gates Hospitality; Daniel During, principal and MD, Thomas Klein International; Nicholas Couvaras, MD, Kroma, Vikrant Rohatgi, associate director and lead – strategy group, deal advisory, KPMG; and Martin Kubler founder

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