Mandarin Oriental names new GM at Bodrum property

by Sophia Soltani | 29 Mar 2016

Mandarin Oriental has appointed seasoned hotelier, Guenter Gebhard as the new general manager at the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum.  Gebhard joined the hotel group at the start of this year from One & Only Hayman Island, an award-winning Australian resort located on the Great Barrier Reef, bringing with him over twenty years of experience in the

Qatar-born chef joins Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf

by Dina Maaty | 28 Mar 2016

Chef Essam Nabhan has been appointed as executive chef at Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai and Marriott Executive Apartments Al Jaddaf, Dubai. In his new role, the Doha-born chef is overseeing six restaurants and bars. Nabhan trained at Culinary Arts from Ismaila Hotel Institute before joining Doha Sheraton Hotel’s fine dining team in 1993. Six

Horeca 2016 to shine spotlight on franchise opportunities

by Dina Maaty | 28 Mar 2016

This year’s HORECA exhibition, to take place from 5- 8 April at Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL), is expected to serve as a platform for Lebanese entrepreneurs looking to explore franchising opportunities in the Dubai market. Charles Arbid, president of the Lebanese Franchise Association said: “Dubai is a positive façade for Lebanese franchises,

Foodie festival takes place in Ras Al Khaimah

by Dina Maaty | 27 Mar 2016

Partners of the monthly Al Hamra Market were invited to create exclusive dishes during a special food festival-inspired two-day event on 24 and 25 March. The event saw the market’s Gourmet Corner transformed into a destination for foodies with vendors offering their new creations. Al Hamra Real Estate Development general manager Benoy Kurien said: “The Al

Luna Sky Bar opens at Four Seasons DIFC

by Dina Maaty | 27 Mar 2016

The new Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has opened rooftop lounge, Luna Sky Bar. The cocktail bar is situated on the eighth floor of the new hotel and has been designed by New York-based Adam Tihany. With black and gold colours, the interiors evoke the symbolism of the falcon, a Middle Eastern

Hotels in the Middle East report negative results for February 2016

by Sophia Soltani | 24 Mar 2016

According to the latest report from STR Global on the Middle East and Africa, hotels in the Middle East reported negative results for the month of February, while hotels in Africa reported mostly positive results for the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollars.  Compared with February 2015, the Middle East subcontinent reported

Opinion: The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity

by Dina Maaty | 23 Mar 2016

As competition in the F&B industry ramps up and demand lulls, Gates Hospitality CEO Naim Maadad offers some tips and tricks for maintaining business this year This year will see a lot of growth, with independent groups evolving and bringing new culinary products to the marketplace. However, 2016 will also involve a lot of market

The Big Cheese: Manu Feildel

by Dina Maaty | 22 Mar 2016

French chef Manu Feildel, best known for his participation in Australia’s cookery programme ‘My Kitchen Rules’ (MKR) took time out to chat with Catering News during his visit to Dubai Food Festival This is your first time in Dubai. What do you think of it so far? So far so good, I’m really enjoying it

Eat Greek to open at Dubai Mall

by Dina Maaty | 21 Mar 2016

Authentic Greek food will soon be available at The Dubai Mall with the highly anticipated launch of Eat Greek Kouzina’s third branch. The third branch of Greek restaurant, Eat Greek Kouzina opened on 20 March on the ground floor of The Dubai Mall. The brand already has locations at The Beach on JBR and in

Stomping Grounds

by Dina Maaty | 20 Mar 2016

Ryan Godinho, the UAE’s only certified trainer accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the founder/ roastmaster of Stomping Grounds in Dubai’s Jumeirah, explains that his brand new venue is not just a café, but a hub for coffee education What’s the concept of Stomping Grounds? Aside from serving Dubai’s own Specialty

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