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Rixos The Palm Announces A Rebrand

by Mahak Mannan | 10 Jan 2019

Rixos The Palm Dubai has taken a brand new name to mark the launch of its new Luxury Suite Collection. The rebranded Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel and Suites will expand its offering on 25 February to launch an exquisite selection of suites, bringing the total number of rooms and suites on property to 316.

Pierchic’s GM Nominated For The International Sommelier Scholarship

by Mahak Mannan | 10 Jan 2019

Luca Gagliardi, general manager of Pierchic, has been nominated by a jury of twenty sommeliers to represent the country at the next New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship which will take place in February 2019. The New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship is a global initiative with sommeliers from Australia, Asia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, New Zealand,

Opinion: Delivering On Your Promise

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Jan 2019

JS Anand, founder and owner, LEVA Hotel Apartments, Dubai, on why a brand should think before they commit. A strong brand is built by the promises it keeps. The saying actions speak louder than words, holds so true when it’s time to deliver what is promised. Fulfilling commitments that you make to your customers should

Cover Story: Discovering Emirati Heritage

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Jan 2019

A museum, a library, traditional alleyways, luxurious baths, a gramophone to play your vinyl records inside the rooms, and a slightly tilted circular wind tower are just a few things that will catch your eye when you visit the recently opened Al Bait Sharjah. The boutique property, which is valued at AED200 million, is home

Desert River Expands Table Lights Business

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Jan 2019

Claudia van der Werf, director, Desert River tells Hotel & Catering News ME about their new website for table lighting. How long has Desert River been in the lighting business? We have been selling lighting products to the GCC hospitality sector for over 10 years now. This ranges from large statement lamps for outdoor use

DTCM Releases AED250 Million In Bank Guarantees Of Tourism Companies

by Mahak Mannan | 09 Jan 2019

As part of its deregulation focus, Dubai Tourism has announced the exemption of over 2,000 travel and tour agencies from furnishing bank guarantees, injecting a quarter billion dirhams liquidity into Dubai’s tourism economy. Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has initiated efforts to release approximately AED250 million in bank guarantees that have been

OYO Home Set To Challenge The Middle East’s Hospitality Industry

by Mahak Mannan | 08 Jan 2019

OYO Hotels & Homes, South Asia’s biggest and fastest-growing chain of leased and franchised hotels, homes, and living spaces has announced the launch of OYO Home in Dubai. Starting with 40 homes in the city, the hospitality chain plans to ramp up the footprint to 200 homes in the next six months. It also plans

Gastronomy Uncovered: El Noctámbulo

by Mark Anthony Monzon | 07 Jan 2019

BNC Publishing’s resident food aficionado, Mark Anthony Monzon discovers the best new restaurants in town. “I hate tacos…” said no Juan ever. That’s a very popular joke that I think has a lot of truth in it because I have never met anyone who doesn’t like tacos. That’s probably why a brand new resto-bar El

DWTC Gears Up For Gulfood 2019

by Mahak Mannan | 07 Jan 2019

Gulfood, the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition will celebrate its new ‘The World of Good, The World of Food’ theme by launching the Gulfood Innovation Summit, a robust new conference programme, in 2019. In line with the proposition of its core theme, the 24th edition of Gulfood, running at Dubai World Trade

Crowne Plaza Appoints New Commercial EAM

by Mahak Mannan | 06 Jan 2019

Crowne Plaza Dubai has announced the promotion of Halim Fouad to executive assistant manager, commercial. Fouad joined the Sheikh Zayed Road property two years ago as cluster director of revenue management and has since been looking after the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi and Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown as well. In his new role as









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