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SIAL Middle East 2016 prepares to open

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Dec 2016

The seventh edition of SIAL Middle East, a professional trade exhibition for the food, drink and hospitality industries, will take place from 5 – 9 December at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Catering News Middle East, a BNC Publishing title, is the Official Publication of SIAL Middle East 2016. Held under the patronage of

Interview: 54º East founder and CEO Rafia Al Mulla

by Crystal Chesters | 04 Dec 2016

As business-on-wheels provider Roundup prepares to open its Jeddah office, Emirati founder and CEO, Rafia AlMulla reveals ambitions global expansion plans for the young brand What is your career background? I come from a Dubai-based family; we have our own businesses in hospitality and other sectors. I studied in Dubai and I love the city

Enab Beirut comes to Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Dec 2016

Enab Beirut, a Lebanese restaurant brand will open in Dubai’s City Walk 2 this month. The venue’s interiors will feature printed, mismatched seating juxtaposed with bright, solid colours on the walls, vintage bird cages and potted plants, reflecting the features of a typical Lebanese home. The menu comprises traditional Lebanese items, such as salads, cold

New F&B director joins Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Dec 2016

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights has appointed Jose Rocha as director of food & beverage / culinary operations.  With a career with Hyatt Hotels spanning 30 years, most recently Rocha, who comes from Mexico, was executive chef of Hyatt Regency Dubai. Commenting on his new role, Rocha said: “I am very excited and thankful for

Pasta company Barilla inaugurates Dubai restaurants

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Dec 2016

Barilla, the Italian company behind Barilla pasta has opened two restaurants in Dubai in partnership with Al Futtaim Group. Marking the brand’s first ventures outside of the US, the venues are located in Dubai Festival City and The Outlet Village and promise to offer authentic Italian cuisine at affordable prices. Omar Al Futtaim, vice chairman

Anantara Eastern Mangroves welcomes new Thai chef

by Crystal Chesters | 01 Dec 2016

Chef Pitak Srichan has joined Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara in Abu Dhabi as Thai chef of signature restaurant, Pachaylen. Having been with Anantara Hotels & Resorts for four years, chef Srichan previously held the same role at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, where he managed the operation of Dee Plee restaurant. Chef Srichan

UAE theme parks to welcome over 19m visitors by 2020

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2016

The UAE’s existing and new generation theme parks will attract more than 19 million admissions a year by 2020 according to data released by Colliers International in their Theme Park Tourism Report ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2017. The prediction is made using existing admissions and arrivals data for Yas Island’s Ferrari World and Waterworld

Taj Hotels & Shangri-La ink deal to merge loyalty programmes

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2016

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Mumbai-based Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces have inked a deal to merge their loyalty programmes to form Warmer Welcomes. The alliance will officially launch in March 2017 with the introduction of the Warmer Welcomes programme, integrating  Taj InnerCircle and Shangri-La’s Golden Circle guest loyalty programmes. The Warmer Welcomes programme will

Talent interview: El Sur head chef Juan Carlos

by Crystal Chesters | 30 Nov 2016

El Sur head chef Juan Carlos says steady progression is key to success in the region’s F&B industry Describe your first ever role in the F&B industry? My first role in the F&B industry was washing dishes while I was studying in Andorra, Spain. It’s a very laborious job and makes you appreciate how important

Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi launches ’emARTi 45′

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Nov 2016

In celebration of the UAE’s 45th National Day, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Art Hub Gallery have launched emARTi 45 –Spirit of the Union Art Exhibition.  emARTi 45 –Spirit of the Union brings together 45 emirati artists from all seven emirates, aimed at promoting emirati traditions, heritage and spirit. Paintings from Mohammed









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