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Shangri-La Doha welcomes head pastry chef

by Crystal Chesters | 18 Apr 2017

Shangri-La Hotel Doha has appointed Nana Supriatna as head pastry chef. Supriatna, from Indonesia, had previously served as executive pastry chef at Grosvenor House Dubai since 2005. Alex Willats, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel Doha said: “To have someone with such experience from one of the best hotels in Dubai join the team is incredibly

Qatar International Food Festival gears up for final weekend

by Crystal Chesters | 06 Apr 2017

Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), taking place from 29 March – 8 April at Hotel Park, Doha, is gearing up for its final weekend of festivities. In addition to the festival’s daily fireworks at 8pm, the last weekend of the event will feature entertainment for all ages with open-air film screenings, food carving shows, health

Shangri-La Doha makes executive chef appointment

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Apr 2017

Shangri-La Hotel Doha has appointed executive chef Jean-Luc Morcellet to oversee the hotel’s F&B outlets. Chef Morcellet, originally from France, has over 20 years of international experience, having worked in hotels around the world, including The Dorchester and The Savoy in London where he led culinary teams. Chef Morcellet said: “I am thrilled for this

Experiential travel boosts Qatar’s economy

by Patrick Ryan | 09 Mar 2017

The tourism sector in Qatar is being boosted by a growth in experiential travel. That’s according to Arabian Travel Market (ATM) senior exhibition director Simon Press who was speaking ahead of the annual event which is taking place from 24-27 April at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). “Qatar’s well-paced National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030 will

Country focus: Qatar

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Mar 2017

Qatar is increasingly becoming a highly desirable location, says Al Rayaan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton general manager Luca Crocco. As evidence he points to the fact that, thanks to recent expansions, Qatar Airways now flies to 120 destinations. Meliá Hotels International, development director of Middle East and North Africa Benjamin Oppl said: “A prolonged scenario with

Lady in red for Meliá Hotels

by Patrick Ryan | 26 Feb 2017

Gran Meliá Hotels and Resorts has teamed up with Spanish fashion company The 2nd Skin to provide dresses for the brand’s on property ambassadors, the Lady In Red. The two distinctive designs will be worn at the brand’s flagship properties, Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques in Madrid and Gran Meliá Nacional Rio in Rio

Alrayyan Hotel Doha is putting families first

by Patrick Ryan | 15 Feb 2017

The newly opened Alrayyan Hotel Doha is confident that targeting the family sector will help it to avoid the financial difficulties that are affecting economies across the globe. Hotel News Middle East was among those in attendance at a special roundtable event at the hotel, which is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, to mark the

The evolution of wellness

by Patrick Ryan | 09 Feb 2017

Wellness was once dismissed as being just another amenity at a hotel. You had the gym and the swimming pool if you fancied a bit of relaxation or a workout, but for many these weren’t considered essential. That’s all changing as the industry responds to calls to provide a top class, all-encompassing service that puts the

Gary Rhodes to open cinema projects in Doha and Egypt

by Crystal Chesters | 26 Jan 2017

British celebrity chef, Gary Rhodes OBE, will open two more projects in the Middle East & Africa region, in partnership with Vox Cinemas. Theatre by Rhodes in Doha Festival City and a Gold cinema project in Mall of Egypt, Cairo, are scheduled to open on 2 March. Commenting on the new ventures, Gary Rhodes told Catering News: “I’m

First look: The Avenue Doha

by Patrick Ryan | 22 Jan 2017

Hotel News ME takes a look at Katara Hospitality’s latest opening, The Avenue Doha. Sofia Soltani caught up with Shadi Kassem, general manager… Since opening how well has the hotel been performing? As we are still in the soft opening stage, we are building on our sales and marketing strategies whilst considering the competition of the









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