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Winners: Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2019

by Mahak Mannan | 24 Apr 2019

Leading New Hotel Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront Leading Luxury Hotel Kempinski Hotel Mall of The Emirates Serviced Apartment of the year Swissotel Living Al Ghurair CSR Initiative of the year TRYP by Wyndham Hotel Mid-market hotel of the year Rove Downtown Resort of the Year Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai Leading Beach Club Barasti, Le Meridien Mina

Cover Story: The JA Way

by Mahak Mannan | 21 Apr 2019

It’s a year of rapid change for JA Resorts & Hotels, one of Dubai’s longest-serving homegrown hospitality brands. Fresh blood in the leadership team is catapulting the company into the future with a new vision and mission, a reinvigoration of the brand, new properties, and renovations. Mahak Mannan catches up with Anthony Ross, CEO of

New GM At Crowne Plaza Dubai-Deira

by Mahak Mannan | 14 Apr 2019

Crowne Plaza Dubai-Deira has announced the appointment of its new general manager, Georges El Hachem. El Hachem holds a degree in Hospitality Management and started his journey with the IHG brand when he joined Phoenicia InterContinental Beirut in April 2002 trying himself in various roles of food & beverage, housekeeping, reservations, and sales departments. El Hachem

Hilton To Open 100 Hotels Across Middle East and North Africa

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Apr 2019

With its rapidly developing pipeline in the Middle East and North Africa, Hilton expects to open almost 100 hotels in the region in the next five years. This will be mainly in markets such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Morocco, and Egypt, equating to a $9 billion investment by Hilton’s development partners, including

SHORTLIST: Leaders in Hospitality Awards 2019

by Mahak Mannan | 07 Apr 2019

After receiving a record number of nominations, the shortlist for the Leaders in Hospitality Awards has been revealed below. HOTEL CATEGORIES Leading New Hotel Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai W Amman Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront Rove Dubai Marina Al Bait Sharjah Pearl Rotana Capital Centre W Dubai – The Palm Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

Multi Billion Dollar Worth Deals Signed At Gulfood 2019

by Mahak Mannan | 07 Apr 2019

Gulfood 2019 ended its 24th run at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) with major alliance breakthroughs and multibillion-dollar export deals reinforcing the emirate’s reputation for specialist industry events that serve as strategic gateways to hugely-lucrative and transformational global markets. The 2019 edition of the show was the largest to date, attracting more than 100,000 visitors

Jumeirah Tops Most Intimate Brand List In The Region Followed By Hilton, A Study Finds

by Mahak Mannan | 02 Apr 2019

Nine out of ten of the hospitality & theme park brands in MBLM’s Brand Intimacy Study saw a rise in their Brand Intimacy Quotient (BIQ) scores in 2019. This meant the hospitality & theme parks industry also moved up one place, from 15 to 14 place in the largest study of brands based on emotions.

A New Jones The Grocer Outlet Opens At Dubai Mall

by Mahak Mannan | 01 Apr 2019

Jones the Grocer has officially opened its doors at Dubai Mall in partnership with Al-Futtaim. The store features a theatre kitchen, bakery, patisserie, artisan cheese and charcuterie rooms, and a meat ager that dry ages choice cuts of meat. The Dubai Mall location also features a 100 seat balcony, a children’s play area, and a

New GM Joins Vida Downtown

by Mahak Mannan | 31 Mar 2019

Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Emaar Properties PJSC, has appointed Nicolas Chammaa, as the general manager of Vida Downtown. Overseeing all aspects of the hotel, Chammaa will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and in driving the hotel’s strategic growth. He has almost two decades of experience in the hotel business

HORECA Trade Secures Distribution Rights for FlavOil

by Mahak Mannan | 31 Mar 2019

HORECA Trade, a Bidfood Group company, the multi-channel foodservice provider of international F&B brands has signed a new exclusive distribution agreement with London-based edible oil company, FlavOil, to supply it’s High Oleic Cooking Oil to the UAE’s foodservice channels. Commenting on the secured designation, Bidfood Middle East chief commercial officer, Wael Al Jamil, said: “FlavOil









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