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O’Learys US sports-themed restaurant opens in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 08 Sep 2016

UAE-headquartered Time Hotels Management will officially open O’Learys US sports-themed restaurant on 20 September. Located on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Noor Bank metro station, 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,

DWTC’s niche food events to grow by 10% in 2016

by Crystal Chesters | 07 Sep 2016

The Speciality Food Festival, Yummex (formerly Sweets & Snacks Middle East) and SEAFEX, three food industry events powered by Gulfood, are expected to be more than 10% larger than last year’s shows. The growth of the shows, taking place on 7-9 November at Dubai World Trade Centre, has been attributed to regional demand for specialty,

Competing with holiday homes: Getting your ‘A’ game on

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Sep 2016

As Airbnb is set to make its presence felt, Editor of Hotel News ME, Sophia Soltani weighs up if  holiday homes really do pose a threat to establishments and how your hotel can compete against the giant.   According to Airbnb, users spent $2.4bn on lodgings from October 2014 to September 2015. This figure may

River Rock Hotels & Resorts partner with Egyptian Kimidar Group for three resorts

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Sep 2016

River Rock Hotels and Resorts inks deal with Egyptian firm, Kimidar Group to manage three resorts in Hurghada.  The Paradise Red Sea Resort, Almas Red Sea Palace and Diamond Red Sea Resort  in Hurghada, Egypt joins River Rock Hotels and Resorts portfolio. Located ten minutes from the Hurghada International Airport, within the Golden Five City,

Talise by Jumeirah named as Best Hotel Spa Brand

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Sep 2016

Talise by Jumeirah has been named the World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand for the second year running at the World Spa Awards held in Sardinia, Italy. The World Spa Awards serves to celebrate and reward spa industry excellence through the annual awards programme and is the sister event of the World Travel Awards. Paul Hawco,

UAE restaurant revenues decline as demand grows says new report

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Sep 2016

The KPMG 2016 UAE Food & Beverage Report, released today, has revealed that while consumers are eating out and spending more, restaurant operators are seeing a decline in revenues. According to the report, 63% of consumers are spending more than last year, while for 28% of respondents, there has been no change in spend. Just 9%

Japanese restaurant opens on Palm Jumeirah

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Sep 2016

Japanese concept, Kyo Restaurant and Lounge, has opened on Palm Jumeirah’s Golden Mile. Launched by Dubai-based Dar Al Dhiyafa, Kyo means both ‘today’ and ‘entertainment’ in Japanese. Ahmed Ragab, principal managing director of Dar Al Dhiyafa commented: “Dubai is known for its great food, but we wanted to create a place that wasn’t just about

La Petite Maison to open on Al Maryah Island Abu Dhabi

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Sep 2016

La Petite Maison will open a second UAE location on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi on September 1, 2017, it was announced today. First established in Nice on the French coast in 1988, La Petite Maison opened in Dubai in 2010 in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and is overseen by chef patron Raphael Duntoye.

First British Airways flight lands in Iran after four years

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Sep 2016

British Airways has started flying directly to Tehran to London Heathrow, following the airline’s return to Iran on Friday 2 September, marking 70 years since British Airways first started flying to the country. The route from Imam Khomeini International Airport is being serviced by six-weekly flights to British Airway’s hub at London Heathrow’s Terminal five.

Bittel launches multi-functional media centre

by Sophia Soltani | 04 Sep 2016

Established hospitality telephone manufacturer, Bittel has unveiled its new generation, multi-media centre  UM 5.   The UM 5 comes equipped with traditional essentials including Bluetooth, NFC, a charging station, radio, alarm clock and also acts as a hotel phone system too. Bringing key new features to enhance the productivity of the phone, the device is

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