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Shawarmanji expands in the GCC

by Dina Maaty | 01 Feb 2017

Lebanese Shawarma chain, Shawarmanji, is rapidly expanding in the GCC with a recent entry into Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Founded in 2012, Shawarmanji currently operates 15 outlets in the Middle East region with four in Lebanon, seven in UAE, two in Kuwait, one in Qatar, and one in KSA. The objective of the company is to

Barfly by Buddha Bar celebrates first anniversary

by Dina Maaty | 31 Jan 2017

Barfly by Buddha Bar, located in Venetian Village, Abu Dhabi, will be celebrating its first anniversary from 7 to 9 February, 2017. The venue is the only neo baroque mystic-lounge concept in Abu Dhabi, offering diners the luxury and comfort of an intimate restaurant. Buddha Bar Worldwide Group’s Japanese corporate chef, Shigeki Iimura, stated: “I

Interview: Pierchic head chef, Paul Lupton

by Crystal Chesters | 19 Jan 2017

Pierchic has long been known as one of Dubai’s most exclusive restaurants. However, recently appointed head chef Paul Lupton wants to shift the focus from the stunning sea views to the creativity and dynamism of the restaurant’s culinary offer. Crystal Chesters reports. Given its location at the end of the pier at Al Qasr, Madinat

Culinary incubator to help F&B entrepreneurs thrive

by Crystal Chesters | 17 Jan 2017

Culinary incubator, Kitchen Nation, has opened its doors in the UAE with the objective of encouraging food-focused entrepreneurs to bring unique F&B concepts to market. Providing a platform for individuals to nurture their talent through joined services and a support system, Kitchen Nation is located in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai. Founder and CEO Rami Salous

Dubai International Marine Club to host Dinner in the Sky

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Jan 2017

Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) will launch Dinner in the Sky, a new dining concept that will see groups of 22 guests lifted 50 metres in the air to dine. Ahmed Ishbair, CEO at Dinner in the Sky in the UAE commented: “This is a truly unique dining experience and we are excited to bring

Chez Charles reveals details of first restaurant

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Jan 2017

Premium catering company, Chez Charles has revealed more details of its first restaurant, which is set to open in Dubai Design District (D3) in the first quarter of 2017. The contemporary brasserie will serve wholesome French cuisine with a diverse menu offering light dishes and rich and indulgent French favourites paired with a selection of grape and cocktails.

In a nutshell: Hakkasan Group

by Crystal Chesters | 05 Jan 2017

Claire Ashman, executive director of global brand marketing at Hakkasan Group explains the new Only At menu, which celebrates 15 years since the launch of the first Hakkasan in London What are the objectives behind the Only At campaign? We wanted to celebrate Hakkasan’s legacy as this year is the 15th anniversary of the original

Interview: The Artisan by Enoteca Pinchiorri

by Crystal Chesters | 02 Jan 2017

Firas Fawaz, managing partner, The Artisan by Enoteca Pinchiorri, explains why he brought the three-Michelin-starred Italian concept to Dubai as his first big F&B investment What is your career background? My career has always revolved around brand creation and development. Prior to this current venture, I was part of the founding team of a prominent

TAKE 10: On a budget

by Sophia Soltani | 02 Jan 2017

Despite its reputation for luxury and as home to the world’s only “7-star” hotel, the UAE has seen a significant shift towards mid-market hotels, according to JLL. The consultancy found that about half the 3,600 new hotel rooms entering the Dubai market late last year had a 3-star or lower rating. Here, Shibu Baby, general

5 Minutes With… SAGMA CORP

by Sophia Soltani | 30 Dec 2016

5 minutes with… Myriam Redouane, hospitality regional director, SAGMA CORP. Can you provide some details about the company history? Sagma Corp is a master distribution company based in Dubai. We’ve been operating since 2009 and specialise in the distribution of French niche perfumes and luxury guest amenities. We currently cover most of the GCC and









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