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Plans for Saudi coffee and chocolate exhibition unveiled

by Crystal Chesters | 24 Nov 2016

A press conference was held by the organising committee of the International Exhibition of Coffee and Chocolate to discuss plans for the third edition, to take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Riyadh on 20 – 23 December. Mohammed Al Ghraibi a member of the organising committee said this year’s conference will feature 9,580m2

German Michelin-starred chef opens first international concept in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 24 Nov 2016

German two-Michelin-starred Tim Raue has marked his first international venture with the opening Dragonfly on Dubai’s City Walk. According to a press statement, the contemporary Asian restaurant features unusual flavours and rare ingredients that showcase the restaurant’s philosophy of “simplicity in presentation and complexity in creation”. Berlin-born Tim Raue commented: “Dragonfly is synonymous with freedom,

Inked launches dining series

by Crystal Chesters | 24 Nov 2016

Kenza and Patrick Jarjour, who delivered Jacob’s Food Diaries and Tawlet Souq el Tayeb, have launched a new dining series at Inked, the collective’s creative space in Al Quoz. The first in series – ‘This is not a restaurant’ – will offer “a playful spin on Dubai’s vibrant dining culture” by reimagining some of the

Jumeirah Al Naseem gears up for December opening

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Nov 2016

Jumeirah Al Naseem is gearing up to opens its doors on 1, December 2016, marking the completion of Madinat Jumeirah Resort. The final chapter of the Madinat Jumeirah – ‘the Arabian Resort of Dubai’ – also marks the completion of Jumeirah Group’s transformation of two kilometres of coastline into a major tourist destination. This process

Tourism contributes AED 134bn to UAE’s GDP

by Sophia Soltani | 23 Nov 2016

Four hundred international professionals and tourism experts gathered for The Tourism Innovation and Transformation Forum 2016 under the patronage of H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, the UAE Ministry of Economy in cooperation with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to exchanged views on  the benefits of innovation to accelerate tourism growth and overcome

Sanjeev Kapoor’s The Yellow Chilli arrives in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 23 Nov 2016

Internationally-renowned chef Sanjeev Kapoor has opened casual Indian dining concept, The Yellow Chilli in Dubai’s International City under a franchise agreement with JSB Investments. The restaurant offers a mid-segment dining experience with Kapoor’s signature flavours at affordable prices, including newly launched Emirati-inspired dessert, the Qahwa Jamun. Franchise owner Praveen Bhatnagar, CEO of JSB Investments, commented:

Suppliers should consult with housekeepers before new product launches

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Nov 2016

In a panel session first, delegates at the 2016 edition of Hotel News ME’s Executive Housekeepers Conference, which took place on November 21, 2016 at The Conrad Hotel Dubai, heard a set of housekeepers battle it out with suppliers to see how new products and services can better cater their departments and what new innovations

Apéritif à la Française a hit with Dubai residents

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Nov 2016

French foodie festival Apéritif à la Française attracted more than than 4,000 visitors on 19 November to enjoy French culture and gastronomic exports. Taking place at Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina amphitheatre and gardens, the event featured live food stations offering cheese platters, oysters, cold cuts and a BBQ paired with a selection

Rational’s ‘All-in-2 concept’ to improve kitchen efficiency

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Nov 2016

During two events in Dubai, Rational Group, a specialist in hot food preparation and inventor of the combi-steamer technology, presented the latest kitchen trends and its new All-in-2 concept, aimed at streamlining kitchen processes. The events – one focused on corporate catering and one on hotels – took place on 7 November at The Emirates

HR director offers tips for housekeeper career development

by Crystal Chesters | 22 Nov 2016

The opening keynote speech and presentation at BNC Publishing’s Executive Housekeepers Conference on 21 November at Conrad Hotel Dubai, explored what housekeepers can do to develop their careers. Keynote speaker, Feryal Haddon, director of HR, Hilton Resort and Spa Jumeirah – who moved to her role from the housekeeping department – said that cross-departmental experience









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