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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:

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

INTERVIEW: The first lady

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Nov 2016

According to a study conducted by Mercer, a quarter of Middle Eastern organisations have no female leadership in their 100 most senior roles. Meanwhile, women leaders hold more than 30% of senior positions in only 4% of organisations. Here, Rania Bawalsa, hotel manager, Mövenpick Resort Petra and Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel discusses women in leadership

Cayan Group reveals plans to set up Hotel Apartment Tower

by Sophia Soltani | 22 Nov 2016

Cayan Group has revealed plans to develop and launch a Hotel Apartments Tower at Cayan Cantara. The Hotel Apartments Tower, will be managed and operated by a well known hospitality giant in the Middle East. “The unbridled success of the first Cayan Cantara tower prompted us to carry on with our master plan for the

90% of travellers avoid booking a hotel if labelled “dirty” online says FCS

by Sophia Soltani | 21 Nov 2016

Eric Rogers, Vice President EMEA, FCS Computer Systems told delegates at the 2016 Executive Housekeepers Conference that, “90% of travellers avoided booking a hotel if it was labelled as dirty online.” Rogers also revealed that 70% of hotel guests claim that cleanliness and hygiene are the most important factor for a hotel. He explained: “If









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