Ajman tourism revenues reach AED 359 million in 2015

by Sophia Soltani | 10 Mar 2016

Latest figures released by Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD), have revealed total tourism revenues in Ajman for 2015 reached AED  359 million, an increase of 19% compared to 2014. The report highlighted that total guests in Ajman in 2015 reached 509,658 while total guest nights reached 1,392,406 with majority of the guests booked their stay

Orange Leaf participates in Taste of Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 10 Mar 2016

US self-serve frozen yogurt concept, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will participate in Taste of Dubai for the first time this year. Showcasing its most popular flavours such as chocolate, vanilla, blueberry and Reese’s peanut butter, there will be more than 20 toppings to choose from including fresh fruit, nuts and popular candies. Carl Ghossoub, managing

DWTC wins big at Salon Culinaire

by Dina Maaty | 10 Mar 2016

Hospitality by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) won 85 accolades across 27 categories at the annual Emirates Salon Culinaire, the culinary competition hosted at Gulfood 2016, the world’s largest annual food and hospitality show. A core team of 49 chefs from the DWTC participated in the five-day event showcasing their skills across multiple categories including

Deadline for S. Pellegrino Young Chef Award approaches

by Dina Maaty | 09 Mar 2016

There are only three weeks left until the closing date for S. Pellegrino Young Chef Award 2016 – the global scouting project to find the best young chef in the world. The S. Pellegrino competition sees the world divided into 20 areas, with around 100 top chefs as jurors across the globe, 20 young chef

Growing Local

by Dina Maaty | 08 Mar 2016

As demand for local produce increases in the GCC, Crystal Chesters looks at the gaps in the farm to table supply chain and questions the sustainability of current agricultural methods. Local is the buzzword this month as Dubai Food Festival celebrates the region’s diversity of homegrown concepts and local chefs. However, one aspect of local

Mango Tree Dubai closes as group seeks new partner

by Dina Maaty | 08 Mar 2016

Mango Tree Dubai, located in Souk Al Bahar will close after eight years following the conclusion of an agreement with its existing franchise partner. Mango Tree Worldwide is looking to create a new flagship Thai restaurant in Dubai with new partners. The company currently operates franchised restaurants around the world, including in London, Tokyo, Hong

Chefs from three top Dubai restaurants take part in DFF cook off

by Dina Maaty | 07 Mar 2016

On Friday 4 March, chefs from three restaurants came together to take part in Dubai Food Festival’s Worldwide Cook-off at the Etisalat Beach Canteen, the central hub of the event. Alessandro Miceli, head chef of Roberto’s, Kiichi Okabe, chef de cuisine from Okku Dubai, and Cesar Bartolini, chef de cuisine of Bread Street Kitchen by

Prêt to Go opens first Abu Dhabi outlet

by Dina Maaty | 06 Mar 2016

Prêt to Go, the home-grown F&B grab-and-go concept founded by entrepreneur Kunal Lahori will expand to Abu Dhabi with its sixth regional outlet. The 80m2 Abu Dhabi venue located in Terminal 1 of Abu Dhabi International Airport is the brand’s first franchised unit. It also marks the first step in Prêt to Go’s GCC expansion

Spill the Beans: Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 06 Mar 2016

Jitin Joshi, executive chef, Taj Dubai tells Catering News how he makes his fine-dining Indian restaurant Bombay Brasserie shine in the competitive marketplace of Dubai Please describe the menu concept of Bombay Brasserie: Bombay Brasserie is a contemporary Indian restaurant. Miniature paintings exclusively commissioned for the dining room reflect Indian heritage and the food is

Majid Al Futtaim malls participate in Dubai Food Festival

by Dina Maaty | 06 Mar 2016

To mark Dubai Food Festival, Majid Al Futtaim’s malls in Dubai—in partnership with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE)—is offering visitors a programme of culinary activities. Until 12 March, competitions are being held and celebrity chefs are taking part in live performances at Mall of the Emirates, City Centres Deira, Mirdif and Me’aisem malls. “DFF

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