Nando’s to open flagship outlet in Riyadh

by Crystal Chesters | 03 Jun 2017

Nando’s will open its flagship Middle East outlet this month in Riyadh on Tahlia Street. The restaurant brand, which specialises in flame-grilled Peri Peri chicken, first launched in the Saudi capital in November 2016, breaking international sales records and serving 180,000 people to date. Richard Barclay, COO Foodmark commented: “Recognised internationally as the only way

Boston Market signs deal for 30 Middle East outlets

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Jun 2017

Rotisserie chicken and home-style cooking restaurant, Boston Market®, has opened its first Middle East restaurant in Kuwait. First announced in June 2016, Boston Market IP Company, Ltd., an affiliate of Boston Market Corporation, signed an area development agreement with Al-Ghunaim Trading Co. Ltd. to open 25 – 30 restaurants in the region over the next

International F&B brands to debut at new Sharjah development

by Crystal Chesters | 04 May 2017

Regional and international F&B brands are set to debut in Sharjah at Zero 6, an upcoming 37,000m2 retail destination in Al Juraina, conceptualised and developed by Alef Group and set to open in Q4. The F&B offer will include Sapori di Bice, a casual chic Italian family dining concept, Burger Boutique, an organic burger outlet

Star ratings system for restaurants to be introduced in Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Apr 2017

Dubai Economy has announced that a ‘Global Star Rating System for Services’ will be adopted across commercial establishments in the Dubai to improve services and achieve customer happiness. The rating system will apply to approximately 38,000 establishments from sectors including restaurants and cafes (7204), speciality stores (29,815), supermarkets (706) and commercial centres (84) and businesses with

Gulfood 2017 Highlights

by Dina Maaty | 08 Mar 2017

The 22nd edition of Gulfood opened its doors at Dubai World Trade Centre on March 26, 2017. Over the course of 5 days, 90,000 food professionals from 150 countries participated in the exhibition and below are some of the highlights from the different stands.

Russo’s unveils aggressive growth plans for Middle East

by Crystal Chesters | 26 Feb 2017

Russo’s Restaurants will expand throughout the Middle East over the next 10 years with an aggressive multi-unit franchise growth strategy. Russo’s UAE franchise partner, Prime Hospitality, will open the region’s first Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen concept at The Pointe in Dubai in Q3, which has a new prototype designed exclusively for Middle East development. This

Benjarong Abu Dhabi unveils new look

by Crystal Chesters | 15 Feb 2017

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi’s signature Thai restaurant Benjarong has unveiled a new look after the completion of a recent upgrades project. The restaurant now features a separate lounge area with a designated smoking area equipped with smoke filtration units. A selection of cigars from Cuba and Dominican Republic are available at the adjoining Le Tobac

Chival opens at La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk Dubai

by Crystal Chesters | 12 Feb 2017

La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk Dubai has opened Chival, one of its five restaurants. Chival’s menus, available throughout the day, reflect global artisanal cuisine and celebrate sustainability wherever possible, focusing on healthy and thoughtfully sourced products. The décor is light and airy, complete with an in-house bakery, herbal bar and outdoor seating area

Qasr Al Sultan Opens its doors

by Dina Maaty | 05 Feb 2017

Qasr Al Sultan, developed by new destination dining concept Dubai Gourmet, has opened its doors in the Dubai desert close to Dubai Parks and Resorts and The Outlet Village. The venue features a large dining area, an authentic Noria water wheel and cuisine and performances that reflect local traditions. Dubai Gourmet, chief executive officer, Abdin Nasralla, stated: “The

Global Restaurant Investment Forum reveals keynote speaker

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Feb 2017

The Global Restaurant Investment Forum 2017 (GRIF), being held from 10-12 April 2017 at Fairmont The Palm in Dubai, will welcome restaurateur Stuart Gillies, chief executive officer of Gordon Ramsay Group, as its keynote speaker in a live-on-stage interview. Gillies will address GRIF’s audience of more than 300 F&B industry professionals and reveal why and

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