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4 March 2014 - Babel Recognized by Tatweej Academy as Best Restaurant...
4 March 2014 - IHG Crowne Plaza Amman Wins the HeartBeat Award
4 March 2014 - Cadbury Adams ME joins Mlawwan to Promote Healthy...
20 February 2014 – Media tour in the newly refurbished La Cigale...
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19 February 2014 - Gelato World Tour occurred in Dubai from the...
4 March 2014 - Babel Recognized by Tatweej Academy as Best Restaurant Group in the ME
4 March 2014 - IHG Crowne Plaza Amman Wins the HeartBeat Award
4 March 2014 - Cadbury Adams ME joins Mlawwan to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in Lebanon
20 February 2014 – Media tour in the newly refurbished La Cigale Zalka occurred on February 11th
19 February 2014 - Café D’Alsace Showcases Alsatian Specialties at Gourmet Abu Dhabi
19 February 2014 - Gelato World Tour occurred in Dubai from the 11thuntil the 13th of February
5 February 2014 - Swiss Food Festival from February 22 to March 6 2014
5 February 2014 - Rixos Hotels Announces the Opening of Rixos Krasnaya Polyana Sochi
5 February 2014 – Jumeirah at Etihad Towers launched Epicurean Escapades5 February 2014 – Jumeirah at Etihad Towers launched Epicurean Escapades
5 February 2014 – Hilton Worldwide announced the official opening of Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
29 January 2014 - SCTDA announced the Sharjah Light Festival, from 6-14 Feb at 12 locations across the Emirates
28 January 2014 - Cycle against Food poverty on Friday January 31st at 7:30 pm at Biel Waterfront
27 January 2014 - FAKiE#3, A Skateboard Dexhibition To Open from January 30 to February 28 at FN Designs
23 January 2014 - The Young Collectors Auction was held at Ayyam Gallery in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
21 January 2014 - UAE&Denmark signed a strategic framework agreement to Advance Renewable Energy and Sustainability Globally
21 January 2014 - AE Ministry of Economy gears up for 4th AIM from April 8 to 10
21 January 2014 - Themed Dining Experience Everyday at Al Bustan Rotana Dubai Throughout February
20 January 2014 - Dunkin' Brands Announces Global Marketing Partnership With Liverpool Football Club
17 January 2014 - Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo featured a special appearance by Ahmed Harfoush
17 January 2014 - Raouché Arjaan by Rotana 3rd Elderly CSR Activity
15 January 2014 - Inaugural Edition of '21, 39' Jeddah Art, Debuts starting from 4-8 February
15 January 2014 - Zayed Charity Marathon Organised by Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel to Take Place in Yas Marina Circuit
15 January 2014 - Jeddah’s Rosewood Corniche celebrates he Italian Food Festival with Francesca Simoni
10 January 2014 - Dubai resident Daniel During embarks on a 6,000km gastronomic tour across Sth America in aid of Alzheimer's
26 December 2013 - Kids came together at Albaba Sweets and made the biggest Christmas buche
25 December 2013 - Halal ME Expo sees 25% Visitor/Exhibitor Growth
12 December 2013 - Arcana exhibition by Hass Idriss took place at Le Gray
14 December 2013 – Inauguration of Rouge Bordeaux at Gemayzeh
3 December 2013 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in Jordan held a special dinner event for its BusinessClub program in Crowne Plaza Amman.
3 December 2013 - Beirut’s Souk el Tayeb hosted “Atayeb Zaman Kan Ya Maken” project to empower Syrian refugees and Lebanese women to keep their culinary traditions alive. The project's aim is to help women find opportunities and a therapeutic outlet to focus on the positive aspects of their lives.
Last October, Mr. Chedid was awarded in Lyon the Trophee de 'Chef de L'annee 2013 à l’International'' as part of the Trophées de la Gastronomie et des Vins gala dinner organized every year by the prestigious Toques Blanches du Monde.
3 December 2013 - L'Humeur du Chef 3rd year anniversary cocktail took place on Saturday November 16th, 2013
3 December 2013 - Patchi & Solidere cordially Celebration on Friday, December 6th at 6:00PM in Beirut Souks
27 November 2013 - Chef Joe Barza at Dubai World Hospitality Championship event
5 December 2013 - Castania Nut Boutique event
14 November 2013 - EMF Emirates’ 10th Anniversary celebration will be held on the 6th of December
21 November 2013 - Chocolate Academy Opening Ceremony will be hosted by great chefs as Marc Pauquet and Philippe Marand; the catering will be kindly prepared by Rudolf Van Nunen - Executive Chef of The Marmara Taksim's and Esma Sultan Venue. At the same time Ambassador for Callebaut chocolate
13 November 2013 - Jad Shamseddin has been appointed as General Manager at the smallville hotel, a newly opened urban lifestyle design hotel in Badaro owned by Beirut Homes. Jad brings to his new position a passion to operate hotels differently and create unprecedented experience to the Smallville guests. Jad previously worked at International companies such as Mövenpick and Starwood.
4 to 7 November 2013 - The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has concluded its participation in the 35th annual World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry, which took place at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London
9-10 October 2013 - GABRIEL BOCTI SAL and THE GATHERING hosted their clients for two fine evenings of HENDRICK’S Gin Cocktails’ tasting
13 October 2013 – The St. Regis Abu Dhabi and celebrity chef Gary Rhodes have hosted the hotel’s first-ever Rhodes to Awareness charity drive, with proceeds donated to UNICEF to help children in Africa gain an education
24 September 2013 - Souk el Tayeb/Tawlet Pics at MAD in Copenhagen
12 September 2013- Château Ksara, Lebanon’s leading winery, held two Sunsetter evenings at the Coop D’Etat rooftop bar and Garden State restaurant in Beirut
20 August 2013 – Vespa members brought over 20 Vespa scooters to the vicinity of Appetito Trattoria, in a stellar show of this Italian bike in the middle of Hamra.
4 September 2013 - The Executives of Golden Tulip-Sharjah has attended and successfully completed the Presentation skills, Performance Management-Assessment Process, and Business writing Skills courses
1 September - InterContinental Aqaba Resort team at the beach clean-up
27 August 2013 - MARTINI makers celebrated its 150th anniversary in style at Amethyst, Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel.
12 Aug 2013 - Under the high patronage and in presence of H.E. the Minister of Telecommunications, Nicolas Sehnaoui, Alfa, managed by Orascom Telecom, launched for the 1st time in Lebanon the “ALFA 4G-LTE ON MOBILE” (with voice capability) at Le Royal Dbayeh
23 Aug- Le Vendome Hotel Beirut attracted F&B professionals, managers, bartenders and nightlife community from Beirut’s grand hotels, restaurants and bars over an educational tasting on Russia’s number 1 premium Vodka, Russian Standard.
Aug 1 2013 - As a part of its ongoing CSR campaign, KidzMondo is hosted a series of iftars throughout the Holy Month for several organizations that support orphans.
30 Jul 2013 - A Traditional Staff Iftar took place at the Tulip Inn Muscat Hotel
26 Jul - Le Royal celebrated 10 years with a party for its most faithful employees
22 July - IHG's Blood Donation Campaign at InterContinental Aqaba Resort
28 June 2013 - Ipsos MENA celebrated its 25th anniversary
26 June 2013 - All around the world InterContinental Hotels Group IHG Celebrated Service’ with over 345,000 employees, in more than 4,000 hotels and offices.
25 June 2013 – United Petroleum Company announced the execution of a strategic cooperation agreement with the automotive leader “T. Gargour & Fils.”, for the sale and distribution of Fuchs
25 June 2013 - Hakkasan Dubai announced that Angus McGregor, has progressed to the finals of the World Class Bartender, having qualified in first place from the UAE regional competition.
31 May 2013 – A Spring Gala Dinner was organized by Le Cordon Bleu Hospitality Management students at the USEK Faculty of Business.
14 June 2013 - Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Tourism Mr. "Fadi Abboud," represented by Mrs. "Mona Fares" In Hamra-Wardieh, Owned by Mr. Nassim Kanso, Q-hotel was opened by Queens hospitality group that owns two other Hotels: Villa Queens & Queens Suite Hotel.
July 2013 – Smallville, an urban lifestyle design hotel will open its doors in the midst of the eclectic and unorthodox residential neighborhood of Badaro
11 June 2013 - On the occasion of World Environment Day, the V-Club, a social and cultural club founded by the Ambassador of the Association of Sommeliers of Europe in Lebanon, Christmas Wehbe, hosted a dinner at Enab restaurant at which Lebanese winemakers were able to meet wine enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals.
22 April 2013 -On the occasion of Earth Day, ANT Ventures’ teamed up with Purple Reef and cleaned-up the TYRE beach
30 May 2013 - The British Embassy celebrated the Queen’s Birthday Party drawing inspiration from last year’s GREAT British Week, embracing social and environmental responsibility.
23 May 2013 -The companies providing the region with top events and exhibitions were recognized at the Middle East EVENT Awards 2013.
23 May 2013- Summer nights are back at the highest lounge in the city The Roof - Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
23 May 2013 – Opening of the Beirut Designers’ Week 2013 by GATA Events & Promotions s.a.r.l. open in Zaitunay Bay
21 May 2013 - The professional sound and light industry summit in Dubai tackled the carbon footprint produced by events held in the Middle East
13 May 2013 - MEA and Golden Tulip Signing ceremony
April 12, 2013 - During the international fair “HORECA 2013” held at Biel – Beirut, and within “the 8th National Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Contest”, Mr. Tony Boulos Maroun, Chairman of ATYAB/ZEITBOULOS Company, received the first prize award for the best Lebanese Extra-Virgin Olive Oil for this year
6 May 2013 - Hertz Rent-a-Car was awarded the Best Car Rental Company in the Middle East at the Business Traveler Middle East Awards
7 May 2013 - Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche awarded Abu Dhabi's Leading Business Hotel at the 20th Annual World Travel Awards
27 March 2013 - Ets. Antoine Massoud SAL (EAM) gathered whisky lovers for an early happy hour party to award the winner of the best bar in Lebanon competition, initiated by The Famous Grouse whisky.
3 April 2013 - For the second year Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority hosts a day of cooking classes with top hotel chefs and desert activities at the annual Al Basma Camp
March 2013 - IXSIR winery has won the popular votes for the first annual A+ Architizer Award.
February 2013 - Rotana Hotels in Dubai and Northern Emirates Hosted their Bookers Party 2013 at Al Bustan Rotana Dubai
1 February 2013 - Valuable prizes by Landmark Retail Lebanon keeps on flowing in and the group is set to continue to reward its customers through all of its outlets by presenting them value added offerings as well as genuine prizes.
27 Jan 2013 - The 18th edition of the Palms of Restoration co-hosted by Robert Petit, President of Leaders, France and Daniel Majonchi Club, President of Leaders Club International, took place on Sunday in a warm atmosphere in the Sans Souci Castle at Limonest (Lyon - 69).
November 2012 – MSD in Lebanon, a leading pharmaceutical company, launched its employee volunteerism program, with employees donating a day of their time to renovate the Sid El Bouchrieh School.
11 to 14 Feb - For this Valentine’s, Phoenicia has a full program planned, Glamorous Memories and Heartbeat, where a special Phoenicia logo and OPEN YOUR HEART slogan were created for this occasion.
17 Jan 2013 - Touch’s employees and managers planted 100 wild evergreens (Oak, fir trees…) in Baabda’s protected forest, in cooperation with Terre Liban association.
15 Jan 2013 - Eau De Vie Trial Menu Took place at 1:00PM
14 Jan 2013 - Gefinor Rotana invited VIPs to lunch with new General Manager
10 Jan 2013 – Opening of Italian designer Roberto Cavalli cafe-lounge
20 December 2012 – Launching of e-touch educational initiative, providing a new number of civic associations taking care of less fortunate children with rooms equipped with computers, printers along with their relevant furniture.
7 December – Golden Tulip Hotels to introduce the Breakfast Duty Manager to the Hospitality LIFE which gives managers an opportunity to interact with the guests, listen to their ideas and share their experiences, make clients feel how important they are, and how important is the memory of the hotel stay they take with them
7 January – Landmark Retail Lebanon has orchestrated a Mega Draw with 2 Mazda cars as Grand Prizes along with more than $15,000 worth of gift vouchers for its customers on both a weekly and monthly basis
4 January - Boecker celebrated Christmas along with the children of its Technical staff
15 December - Nescafe invited guests to the Hilton Beirut Metropolitan palace hotel to attend a fun, stimulating and educational gathering that made them appreciate and savor each moment with Nescafe.
12 December – Partners of Kidz Mondo enjoyed a site tour of Lebanon’s Edutainment center
11 December – On Time Publishing stepped onto the catwalk with the launch of Time Out Beirut Style. The biannual publication will cover women’s fashion, men’s fashion, beauty, grooming, interiors and other aspects of stylish living.
30 November - LG Electronics unveiled flagship Dual Play technology
5 November - The President and CEO of leading Middle East and Africa hospitality company Rotana, Mr. Selim El Zyr, accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award at the WTM Global Awards and shared that there will be no easing in the hotel group’s aggressive growth strategy.
19 November -Golden Tulip Hotels is planning to open new hotels in Jordan in 2013
19 November - Throughout the month of September 2012, Casper & Gambini’s delivery department was abuzz with an exclusive promotion. For every delivery order that was placed during this month, the customer received a voucher with a serial number that entered into a mega-draw for a splendid mythical Vespa along with an elegant matching helmet.
19 November - Phoenicia in support of the Help & Heal organization is preparing for three consecutive Sundays (November 25, Dec 2 and Dec 9) a festive charity event.
12 November – Hilton Worldwide’s Middle East & Africa Dubai area office kicked off its biggest social responsibility initiative this week with a variety of events in celebration of the company’s inaugural Global Week of Service
12 November - Grand Hills Hotel and Spa Broumana launched the new Italian Promotion of its Italian restaurant “Pasquale” made under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Beirut
6 November - The opening of the LibanPack and UNIDO "Food Packaging Conference" which discussed Lebanon’s superior packaging, marketing and advertising. As well as the development of Lebanon’s Food Packaging sector.
24 October - Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai welcomed four new trainees from the UAE Down Syndrome Association (UAEDSA) this month. The aim of the initiative is for each trainee to learn new skills, apply existing skills and gain valuable career experience in the hospitality industry.in various departments, including training, engineering, culinary and housekeeping.
19 October - Atibaia launched its first vintage 2009 on the 2012, in Smar Jbeil in Batroun.
19 October - Mövenpick Hotel Beirut organized Belgian themed lunch to launch the season of “moules” or mussels at Méditerranée restaurant.
16 October - The British Embassy in Lebanon teamed up with ‘FERN’ ( Food Establishments Recycling Nutrients) to celebrate World Food Day by raising awareness about reducing food waste, not only to feed the hungry but also to reduce resource waste throughout the entire food supply chain.
4 October - Dewar’s scotch whisky, the world’s most awarded scotch whisky held at the Music Hall the Dewar’s Discovery Masterclass hosted by Dewar’s global brand ambassador Mr. Andrew Gemell
29 September- Nine Baristi competed for the title Ultimate Barista Challenge . Ahamd Abdallah, claimed the tittle of 2012 UBC.
25th of October - World Pasta day is celebrated every year at Caffe Mondo
13 September - Dunkin Donuts Lebanon: Started the academic year with an event was held at DD Beirut Souks with the comedian Nemr Abou Nassar
11 September - Crowne Plaza Amman signed an agreement with the renowned Jordan River Foundation to implement the Youth Career Initiative.
6 September - Green & Co was granted the “Distributor of the Year” award by illycaffè during a ceremony held at Ginette and attended by Daria Illy, international key account director at the Italian coffee company
27 September - Mövenpick Hotel Deira offered guided visits to the main souk of the city
5 September - LG Electronics Brings A Memorable Cinema 3D Experience to Orphaned Children and Other Less Fortunate Members of the Community
5 September - Onity™ Wins Prestigious AEDIPE Human 2012 Award for Focus on Customers and Employees
27 August - Al Ghurair Centre innovative ‘Back to School’ campaign
11 August - EddéSands celebrated its 2012 anniversary
August 2012 - Brazil at Le Royal
27 August - Atlantis, The Palm Named Among Best-Reviewed Hotels on Expedia’s 2012 Insiders’ Select List
25 August - Bawadi Mall switches from artificial skating rink to a real-ice skating rink
21 August - H E Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani opens Qatar's first Crowne Plaza hotel
July 29 - One step ahead leaders workshop at Crowne Plaza Amman
7 August - Singer & Pianist Sionelle Mallon Captivated Guests at The St.Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
August 2012 - ‘Flydubai Goes Mobile’ With the Launch of its Innovative New Mobile Website
14 Aug 2012 - Radisson Blu Residences, Dubai Marina donates 600 meals during Ramadan
Election Ceremony of Miss Lebanese Expatriats in France
Election of Miss Lebanese Expatriats in France
28 JUNE The Phoenicia Hotel Beirut Launched an Illustrated Book Un LIVRE Dans L’Histoire, which Outlines the Intimate Connection Between the History of Capital and that of the Hotel
27 JUNE Chateau Kefraya invited VIPs for a tasting session in Le Stay Downtown Beirut to discover the latest white and pink wine.
20 June 2012 - Atlantis welcomed Joe Barza at Levantine Restaurant
17 JUNE Beirut proved to be, once more, a capital of taste and style with the Queen's Jubilee Auction held in Beirut Souks, which featured 20 British monarchy inspired pieces made by some of Lebanon's most prominent designers and raised 10,000 USD for charity.
2 June - Rosewood Corniche Hosts Children’s Art Exhibition To Raise Awareness Of Autism
19 May - Casper & Gambini’s Egypt First Amateur Cooking Competition in Cairo
23rd of May - Ikebana Event Inaugurated by mayor of Amman rep. Mr. Haytham Juweinat and HE Ambassador of Japan Mr. Kosuge and Organized by Mrs. Randa Muammar Kawar with other Ikebana Sogestsu Ladies, in Amman.
24 May - United Development Company (UDC) took home two accolades at the second Cityscape Qatar Awards held at the Four Seasons Doha.UDC won Best Mixed Use Project for its flagship development The Pearl-Qatar, as well as the Best Residential Project award in recognition of The Pearl-Qatar’s position as the best residential and lifestyle destination in Qatar.The company also received honorable mention for the development of an Island considered by many to be one of the best sustainable developments.
23 May - Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut has been recognized as “Lebanon’s Leading Resort” in the World Travel Awards 2012 ceremony in Dubai. Jan Bundgaard, general manager of the hotel stated, “Our aim is to create rejuvenating experiences that result in everlasting memories”.
15 May - Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace's mini football team, composed of the hotel’s various departments, exceeded all expectations and won a series of games during the Hotels Mini Football Spring Tournament. Games were consecutively won against the Golden Tulip, Le Bristol, Rotana Hazmieh and Moevenpick, to reach the finals and beat Le Gray.
5 May - Over 200 more children with heart disease will be saved by Heartbeat as a result of funds raised from the fourth consecutive annual Heartbeat concert and gala dinner held at Casino du Liban. Since Heartbeat was founded, it was able to save more than 1,000 children by securing timely surgical and medical intervention for them
8 May - The Arts, Sciences & Technology University in Lebanon (AUL) organized its 7th annual Job Fair featuring 45 companies from diverse industries at its Hamra campus. Mustafa Hamzeh of CBT, Adnan Hamzeh AUL's president and the management board inaugurated the event that was sponsored by Hospitality News, Le Duroy Hotel, Queens Hotel and Deek Duke
8 May - The opening of Square, Beirut’s trendiest pre-clubbing open air chill out lounge conveniently located on the terrace of Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut, Square is set to be the unique and ideal place for an unforgettable evening.
3 May - Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach has been recognized as the Best Five-Star Business/Corporate Hotel 2012 in the Middle East and North Africa, at the prestigious MENA Travel Awards Ceremony
3 May - During a chilled-out sunset event at La Plage, Beirut, “Almaza Light” brewed by the Lebanese Almaza brewery was officially launched and achieved instant success with its fresh brew inspired by great mood and good life and 38% less calories
3 May - ATM announced that Japan had been honoured with the New Frontiers Award 2012. Last year’s recipient Chile presented the award to Daisuke Matsunaga, the Consul-General, of Japanese Embassy in Dubai alongside Mark Walsh, portfolio director, Reed Travel Exhibitions. The award is in recognition of Japan’s sustained efforts in rebuilding its physical infrastructure and reviving its tourism product in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the country’s northeastern coast.
3 May - The Rezidor Hotel Group announces the Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh North Ring Road in Saudi Arabia. The property features 252 rooms and is scheduled to welcome the first guests in Q1 2015. Speaking on behalf of Mafaz International Development Company, the hotel's owner and developer, general manager, Emad Al Hubayyeb, commented, "Our hotel project is placed in an excellent location and we are excited to serve the business sector and community of Riyadh with the state of the art facilities"
30 April - Rosewood Corniche launched the Vertical Marathon, a one of a kind event in Jeddah to promote health awareness, which was won by the hotel’s kitchen staff
24 April - United Development Company (UDC), master developer of the Pearl-Qatar, has solidified its position as one of the region’s leading companies, winning the prestigious “Best Developer” title at Construction Week Qatar Awards. Engineer Badr Al-Meer, Vice President Engineering & Construction at UDC, received the award at a gala ceremony held at the Grand Hyatt Doha. It is the second year in a row UDC has won the coveted award.
21 April - Rotana chefs took home no less than seven awards at the 13th Horeca Hospitality Salon Culinaire which was held in Biel this year. Rotana’s chefs took medals home in 'Live mezza', 'Cold platter of fish, poultry or meat', 'Live fruit and vegetable carvings', 'Open showpieces', 'Six course set dinner menu', and 'Three plated dessert presentation'. More than 200 chefs from across Lebanon competed in these categories
21 April - 3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals were earned at HORECA’s 19th edition by the kitchen team members of Le Gray, Beirut. To celebrate the winners, a gathering was recently held at the hotel during which the General Manager Christophe Hazebrouck congratulated the winners and praised their efforts. Executive Chef Kelly Jackson highlighted the teamwork that distinguishes the members and their hard work.The Gold winners were Khalil Ramadan, Amer Reslan and Hamza Haj Hassan respectively for Live Meat Dish and Live Cold Sandwich categories.The Silver medals went for Rodrigue Jabbour and Saleh Al Mawla respectively for Cold Canapés and Three-plated Dessert Presentation.The Bronze winners were Abdo Chedid, Ali Hijazi, Wael Daher and Omar Ghannam competing in Live Creation, Single Tier Novelty Cake and Show Piece-Free Style Theme
4 April - eTravel, a subsidiary of Kurban Group, has been appointed as the General Sales Agent in Lebanon for all Marriott International products worldwide.
April 19 - May 19 The Pearl-Qatar will host musical acts, magicians, performers and street art from around the globe in a celebration of The Pearl-Qatar’s multicultural community
11 April - Château Ksara knows how to throw a party. Their initial “Meet Your Neighbor, Share Your Stories” event at the Sofil Center garden in Ashrafieh exceeded all expectations for festive fun. Encouraged by that success, Château Ksara created a new meeting opportunity for the neighbors of Sodeco Center in Beirut.
24 March - In presence of Guenter Albert member of the the Conseil d'administration and Chair of Baillaige Creation & Development committee and the French, Italian, Brazilian, Canadian, British, Mexican, Spanish, Omani, Bangladeshian Ambassadors, and the Red Cross Representative, in addition to hotel general managers, and other distinguished guest , the "Chaine des Rotisseurs" held its 30th Anniversary celebration at Arraya Ballroom. The Chaine des Rotisseurs is represented in 70 counrties worldwide with over 25,000 members.
17 March - Radisson Blu Hotel organized a full day of activities to pamper their top clients: The Moms. It started with a full body massage, followed by exercises in the gym, a sauna, Jaccuzi and swim in the indoor pool. A blow dry was offered before dinner at Olivo’s restaurant
20 March - Le Royal Hotel Beirut celebrated Mothers' Day with a regal rooftop buffet at the Azurea ballroom, prepared especially for the occasion by its outstanding chefs. The event attracted very special mothers including the Ambassadors of Argentina and Switzerland
20 March - “touch” - mtc touch formerly - a leading mobile telecommunication operator and Zain affiliate in Lebanon, renewed its yearly gathering with media mothers and mothers working at the company by holding a special Mother’s Day lunch at “Eau de Vie”, Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut
15 to 17 March - The inaugural of The Pearl-Qatar UIM Powerboat Grand Prix was held in the waters off the Island. Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, president of Qatar Marine Sports Federation, is looking forward to the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.
12 March - Recently awarded the Best Pub in Dubai, The Irish Village restaurant and bar recreates the culture and hospitality of a traditional Irish pub.
1 March - Méditerranée restaurant launched its new concepts “you pick, we cook” through Ocean Jazz a tempting Seafood buffet every Friday night, Latino Grillades a sizzling barbecue every Saturday night and a Sparkling Brunch every Sunday.
4 March - Qatar's United Development Company and its subsidiaries took part in Hamad Hospital’s Blood Bank initiative at The Pearl-Qatar for a second year in a row.
2 Feb - Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA had their annual franchise and management meeting for their hotels in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia at the Golden Tulip Galleria Jnah in Beirut. The meeting was headed by Amine E. Moukarzel, the company’s MENA president along with Paul Diab, the director of operations and Alian Sebah, the COO of Louvre Hotels International.
2 Feb - Dutch Chef Thor treated diners to his WICKED KITCHEN, an innovative six course mobile food menu accompanied by pink champagne and phenomenal music at DRM, Hamra, Beirut.
2 Feb - Diageo held a press conference and cocktail reception with Bob Nolet, executive president of Nolet Distillery and 11th generation of the Nolet Family, founders of KetelOne Vodka at Iris.
2 Feb - Under the patronage of Fady Abboud, minister of tourism, the Antoine Keyrouz family inaugurated the K room, Keyrouz Bakery and Bar National.
25 Jan - Under the patronage of the president of the Lebanese Franchise Association, Charles Arbid a press conference took place, announcing IPT as one of the most effective rebrands in the 2011 Rebrand Global Awards.
24 Jan - Press personalities and editors-in chief were invited to a gastronomic journey comprised of light Mediterranean cuisine at Table Fine, Jounieh, prepared by two Michelin-starred chef Jerome Serres.
20 Jan - The grand opening for Cappuccino Grand Café at Zaytouna took place with music by Dj Pepe Link from Palma, Mallorca.
19 Jan - A press tribute lunch was hosted by the Lebanese Franchise Association at Salmontini , Achrafieh, during which the 3rd edition of the association’s catalogue was launched.
6 Dec 2011 - After three years, the need was felt to discover new tastes and moods, so Eatalian, by Casper & Gambini’s, which had favored Milano as its inspiration, is now looking to Napoli, the city where pizza originated. With a revisited look and menu, Eatalian celebrated its new journey with a two-night event where everyone was carried away to one of Napoli’s streets.
4 Dec 2011 - “Tatweej Academy” awarded Roadster for its commitment to excellence in a ceremony held in the Grand Ballroom of Armani Hotel, under the auspices of Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamadan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Arab Administrative Development Organization affiliated to the Arab League. The “Tatweej Academy” for Excellence and Quality honored Roadster with the 2011 Golden Legion of Merit Award as the best quality restaurant chain in the Arab World.
10 February - Witnessed the grand opening of Nuit Blanche in Dekwaneh. Managed by Imane Sawaya Farhat, Nuit Blanche is the newest venue for weddings and special events, providing Lebanon with an upscale indoor and outdoor event experience.
19 February - Celebrity chef Haikal Johari draws a crowd with his mouth-watering Singaporean degustation at Gulfood 2012
15 February - United Development Company (UDC) in celebration of the National Sports Day, a pioneering initiative launched by HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Qatar Olympic Committee Chief, showed its support with a program of events and physical activities for employees on The Pearl-Qatar. The celebration took place at the Lido Venezia Beach in Qanat Quartier and UDC employees were encouraged to compete in sports including basketball, football, beach volleyball, tug-o-war, touch rugby and cricket.
8 February - Under the patronage of the mayor of Al Mansourieh Al Mkalles Al Daychounieh, William Farid El Khoury, a celebratory reception was held to cut the ribbon and declare the official opening McDonald’s 25th restaurant.
13 January - Following its November unveiling of ‘The Malt Gallery’, Ets. Antoine Massoud (EAM) captivated HORECA professionals once again with a masterclass led by The Macallan Malt Whiskey Brand Ambassador Joy Elliot at Le Gray Hotel Downtown Beirut.
14 February - Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya concluded its quest to find the best tasting muffin in Saudi Arabia, marking the end of Al Riyadh Food Festival. The competition was held in keeping with the hotel’s chosen American theme, designed to showcase and celebrate culinary traditions across the United States.
12 January - Golden Tulip Hotels Suites and Resorts MENA has just signed a new management agreement with Jnah Development Company for a new hotel in Beirut. The 176 room Golden Tulip Galleria Hotel offers a convenient stay that is suitable for leisure and business needs.
8 January - Phoenicia’s Eau De Vie launched their new brunch concept, PINK LINK, which was organized to help create another donation outlet for two charities (the May Jallad Foundation for Cancer & Faire Face) and establish a new trend in brunch culture
12 December - Phoenicia Beirut and Le Vendome Hotel owners, Mazen and Marwan Salha, and management launched their “Management Development Program” which is designed for the Mid-Management team members to develop their technical and behavioral skills to successfully perform their job and to align the performance creating a high execution culture.
12 December - The InterContinental Jordan hosted its monthly wine evening at Café Boulevard that overlooks the hotel's lobby area serving red and white Chilean wines alongside a buffet offering food, desserts and fine cheeses.
3 December - King Food sal, the Burger King franchise in Lebanon, won the award for Best Brand Image at the Social Economic Awards 2011, created and organized by First Protocol to celebrate outstanding achievement by organizations in the social and economic sphere. Bachara El Kallassi. The company’s chairman, received the award during a gala ceremony at the Casino du Liban
6 December - Johnnie Walker revealed Nadine Labaki as its new ambassador of “Walking with Giants” during an exclusive event at Mandaloun Mar Mikhail
23 November - Himaya, an NGO working against child abuse, launched an awareness campaign with the help of Leo Burnett, during a fundraiser at Music Hall
November - As part of its CSR program, Le Gray Beirut participated in a fundraising campaign entitled “Calling your Attention” to support the Brave Heart Fund. Over 3 months the hotel rooms, restaurants and spa raised 12,749,000 LBP. During a reception to mark the end of the campaign the hotel's general manager, Christophe Hazebrouck, handed the cheque to Joumana Ghandour Atallah, the fund's co-founder, who explained that the money raised will help to cover a surgery for a needy child suffering from congenital heart disease.
3 November - Chef Joe Barza and visiting French chefs Jean-Jacques Noguier of La Ferme de l'Hospital, Jean-Pierre Jacob of Le Bateau Ivre, Julien Machet of Le Farcon, Jean-Christophe Lebascle of Manufacture, Patrice Hardy of La truffe Noire and Eric Sapet of La Petite Maison de Cucuron toured Ixsir winery with winemaker, Gabriel Rivero and shared a rustic lunch prepared by Barza and Nagi Saikali.
3 November - Michelin Chefs Jean Jacques Noguier, Jean-Pierre Jacob, Julien Machet, Jean-Christophe Lebascle, Patrice Hardy and Eric Sapet accompanied by Chef Joe Barza spend thurday November 3rd at the Ixsir domain with their families. They enjoyed a rustic lunch at the Seigniorial residence of Ixsir prepared by Chef Barza and Naji Saikali, export manager of Ixsir.
3 November - Boecker Public Health hosted a press conference to launch the Q-Platinum certificate for the food safety at Eau De vie restaurant – Phoenicia Hotel Beirut
28 September - Château Ksara took its tagline “Each bottle tells a story” to a convivial new level by organizing its first “Meet Your Neighbor” event. Held in the gardens of Sofil Center in Achrafieh, the gathering was prompted by the fine Lebanese winemaker’s knowledge that many of the Center’s employees had worked together for years, but hadn’t had many chances to socialize and share their stories.
October - Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a became the first five-star hotel in Kuwait to receive the HACCP Certification
October - For the first time in Lebanon, McDonald’s opened its kitchen doors to customers to witness food preparation procedures at their restaurants. As part of McDonald's food quality campaign, this open-door program was an opportunity for customers to have a closer look at the ingredients used, the preparation process, as well as the hygiene and safety measures in place at McDonald's
31 October - Bruno Huber, GM Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea and the company’s regional manager of Jordan, was voted Green Hotelier of the Year, while AnaMarija Raickovic marketing and communications manager, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach was voted Marketing/PR Manager of the Year at the Hotelier Middle East Awards 2011.
26 October - Over 100 team members from Hilton Dubai Jumeirah completed a huge beach clean effort as part of the ‘Clean Up The World’ campaign. General Manager Christian Muhr, Hilton Worldwide’s President & CEO Chris Nassetta and Vice President Corporate Responsibility Jennifer Silberman together with representatives from Dubai Municipality kicked off the initiative.
19 October - Roadster diner Lands in ABC Ashrafieh Branch in True 50s/60s Style
9 September - Linteo's Enrico Beltrami, came all the way from Sicily to Malena in Jbeil to launch this new Italian wine. Guests where treated to LINTEO red and white wine with an exquisite selection of finger food served by Malena restaurant.
October - Monique Bassila Zaarour, owner dietitian of “So7i Wa Sari3” celebrated the opening of a new clinic in Mar Elias Street in Beirut. The opening comes following the success of branches in Ashrafieh, Elissar, Zahle, Dbayeh and Zouk.
15 September - Thierry Gardinier, President of Taillevent group and owner of Chateau Phelan Segur explained to a gathering of over a 100 selected gourmet guests on Salmontini's terrace about the different varieties of wine that had been carefully selected to be served with the exquisite menu.
3 October - Lebanon's first Golden Key was awarded to Miled Franciss, Le Royal's head concierge, paving the way for the country to become a member of the prestigious Union Internationale des Concierge d'Hotels (UICH), known better as Les Clefs d'Or,organization.
27 September - Beirut foodies, friends and media gathered to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of éCafé Sursock and taste some of the new specialties soon to appear on the restaurant menu.
15 August - New branch for Brioche Doree at le Mall Sin El Fil, Lebanon
14 September - The Phoenicia Hotel Beirut celebrated its 50th anniversary by throwing a one of a kind 4 day event. For its golden jubilee, the Phoenicia created a tribute to Beirut, by exhibiting some of the country’s most gifted artists and performers.
9 September - Mountain Mudd Espresso opened a new coffee shop in Amchit with a diverse selection of hot and iced drinks, as well as FREE Wi-Fi. IPT and Metro Express also held a joint roadshow.
12 September - At his new Basillio restaurant, Executive Chef and Restaurateur Roberto Bulian serves his signature Italian dishes that speak to both the heart and soul. In his welcoming trattoria, right in the heart of Gemmayzeh, guests can experience the art of Italian dining.
16 September - Pinkberry, the frozen yoghurt store of choice among Hollywood superstars, made its debut in Lebanon this month when it officially opened its first store at ABC Mall, Achrafieh
9 September - Fuddruckers, originating from Texas in 1980's, has opened its doors in Lebanon. The 282 seated restaurant, boasting the world’s greatest hamburger and a variety of tasty southwest American dishes, is located in Dbayeh facing ABC Mall.
5 September - The third sandwich competition, prepared by the famous gourmet sandwich and salad restaurant, Lina's, took place at the newly renovated Lina's Hamra. Four competitors prepared their sandwiches (Georgio Atallah, Rita Malian, Krystel Azar & Charbel Torbey) and the first prize went to Krystel Azar
6 September - Gaucho Beirut celebrated Dulce de Leche Week by hosting the media to a delectable dessert cocktail in sophisticated Argentine fashion.
7 September - Habtoor Hotels hosted the singers, songwriters, rappers and record producers of Mix FM’s Dance in the Summer event that took place at Beirut New Waterfront
4 September - Miss é celebrated the launch of its 2012 internationally recognized designer collection with a sizzling Zumba fashion show and pool party at EddéSands, Byblos
6 September - Al Rabie Saudi Foods Co Ltd visited the patients and employees of Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Hospital in Riyadh as part of its Ramadan campaign “Tohour b izin Allah”. The initiative reflects Al Rabie’s commitment to interact with all members of the society in line with its CSR program
6 September - Starbucks teamed up with the Hassan Khalid Institute to host an Iftar banquet for the orphans in Starbucks Verdun, Beirut. Starbucks highlighted the true essence of Ramadan with engaging entertainment activities and distributing gifts
6 September - 12th Lina s opens in Jbeil! Lina s celebrated this occasion by hosting a buffet party at its new spacious outlet with an open-air terrace
26 August - The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, founded in 1963, is the oldest and largest privately held chain of specialty coffee and tea stores in the United States. It serves more than 100 million coffee and tea beverages annually worldwide and has now opened in Downtown Beirut with further locations to open in Zaitunay Bay, Bliss and Verdun
26 August - As part of its Because We Care initiative, a group of employees from the Sharjah Museums Department visited the Elderly Care Centre at the Department of Social Services in Sharjah, where they hosted an Iftar party, shared stories, and distributed gifts to the home’s residents
25 August - Gefinor Rotana invited media partners to an Iftar at the hotel’s new restaurant, Olive Garden, where guests were warmly welcomed and treated to an innovative array of international cuisine, sweets and beverages, as well as an ‘olive’-inspired souvenir
25 August - InterContinental Jordan with the cooperation of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited Jordan hosted an Iftar for 100 ladies of Al Baqaa refugee camp and provided them with financial aid
25 August - Alice & Roger Eddé of EddéSands Hotel & Wellness Resort hosted an Indian cultural evening that saw the Layali Zaman restaurant’s terrace transformed into an authentic Indian haven, where newly appointed Indian Chef Vikas Bains revealed his culinary expertise under the patronage of Indian's ambassador to Lebanon, H.E. Ravi Thapar
23 August - moka&more celebrated its 5th anniversary with cake and gift vouchers for its dedicated clientele! Happy anniversary!
24 August - ingsgate Hotel Abu Dhabi employees gave away 200 Iftar care packs filled with bread, mineral water, oranges and sweets designed to help people stay healthy as they break their fast as part of its ongoing CSR efforts. The hotel also plans to hold a blood donation drive on 7 September
3 August - During a press conference held under the auspices of Nicolas Sehnaoui, Lebanon’s Minister of Telecommunication, the Berytech Fund announced its latest investments in three tech startups led by young and motivated technology entrepreneurs. berytech.org
3 August - Habtoor Hotels hosted an Iftar for media representatives at El Shindagah restaurant at the Metropolitan Palace Hotel Beirut. The Iftar’s generosity and diversity are qualities of hospitality and reception that characterize Habtoor Hotels worldwide. habtoorhotels.com
20 July - The Sodeco branch of Zaatar W Zeit re-opened following renovation to adapt to its new concept. The new logo is a distinctive, modern marquee that provides a more literal and graphic expression by creating a simple link between the thyme and the oil, the leaf and the droplet, and forms a distinctive ‘Z’ within the negative space. zaatarwzeit.net
15 July - The Sagesse Faculty of Hospitality Management class 2011 students, who successfully completed their B.Sc. program, were honored during a graduation ceremony attended by Mgr Paul Mattar, Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism Fadi Abboud, the university president Fr. Camille Moubarak, Maurice Benzaquen from the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne and the faculty dean Tanios Kassis. shi.edu.lb
15 July - Lebanon’s ministry of tourism launched the 2011 season at a ceremony hosted by the Safir Heliopolitan Hotel management in the presence of economic and media figures. safirheliopolitan.com
11 July - Lina's launches its first ever sandwich competition promoting culinary talent in Lebanon. Over five months, contestants in different parts of Beirut or Jounieh will compete to create the best sandwich, which will then be featured on Lina's menus. At the end, a grand winner, whose sandwich will appear on Lina's 2012 menu, will be chosen. linastalent.com
6 July - Samsung Electronics Levant held a press conference to launch its Galaxy SII to the media at Le Royale Hotel. The Galaxy SII is a thin and lightweight, dual-core smart phone. samsung.com
8 July - Russian Standard Vodka’s first global brand ambassador, Igor Galburt, visited Beirut to give a master class ‘Vodka as it should be’ to over 90 bartenders from more than 40 bars, pubs and restaurants in the capital. The training session, held at MYBAR in Downtown Beirut, culminated with tasting certificates being awarded to the attending bartenders eam.com.lb
2 July - Moët & Chandon is taking over summer with the launch of its brand new summer accessory: Moët Ice Imperial, the world’s first ever Champagne specifically created to be enjoyed on ice. The perfect summer drink was launch at the luxurious Orchid beach resort in Lebanon. moet.com
23 June - Grey Goose Vodka was present at the Murex d’Or to celebrate the achievements of the Arab Stars at the Casino du Liban’s La Salle des Ambassadeurs. A new signature cocktail called “Pink Stars” was featured at Grey Goose’s elegant VIP bar inside the event. greygoose.com
11 June - Sailtogether celebrated its 10th anniversary with a hands-on beach BBQ gathering, during which photo and video slide shows taken during the cruises were shown. The event took place at Amchit camping on a cliff overlooking the sea. sailtogether.com
6 June - More than 500 professionals of the retail and food service industries gathered at the Ritz Carlton DIFC in Dubai to celebrate French gastronomy at the 7th edition of the Aperitif à la française. Over 40 French food and beverage brands came together to illustrate the rich diversity of French food production. aperitifalafrancaise.com
3 and 4 June - In a grandiose setting of elegance and charm, Enologia, the Lebanese fine wine importer, wrapped up the second edition of its annual Wine and Gastronomy Salon, held at Linda Sursock Palace. Wine gourmets were invited to explore wines imported from Italy, France, Spain, the United States of America and Argentina, as well as Bellussi, a premium Italian prosecco, newly launched by Enologia. Professionals and amateurs alike enjoyed fine wine and gastronomy accompanied by opera singing and the charming “Crazy Horse de Paris” dancers. enologia.com.lb
25 May - On the occasion of Jordan’s 65th Independence Day, King Abdullah II bestowed upon Nasser Kawar, Petra Travel & Tourism Company’s founder, the Al Hussein Medal (First Order), for his distinguished services to the national economy and development of the tourism and hospitality industries. petratours.com
22 August - Gefinor Rotana, Lebanon’s leading business hotel, invited media partners to a memorable Iftar at the hotel’s new restaurant, Olive Garden rotana.com
5 August - Maatouk Factories S.A.L launched a campaign that aims to turn simple coffee drinkers into coffee lovers, especially among the young generation by encouraging them to participate in the online “Mime and Win” competition. The competition also took place in Beirut Mall and City Mall throughout the month of June. The lucky winners of the “Mime and Win” competition were Mr. Elia Nakhleh Akl and Ms. Stephanie Abou Jaoudeh. Maatouk Factories celebrated the announcement of the winners in Bristol Hotel, Beirut on July 22nd 2011 maatouk.com
25 July - Byblos Sur Mer: Home of the Stars. As part of the Byblos International Festival, Byblos Sur Mer Hotel was honored to welcome international celebrities coming to perform to the Lebanese audience.
14 July - The Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Night-Clubs & Pastries in Lebanon, hosted “Feast of Change”, Beirut’s first official food & wine event at Sursock Palace Gardens on July 13, 2011
18 july 0 Pringles and Fedde Le Grand rock White Beirut pre-opening!
29 June - The launching of the country’s newest magazine Lebanon Traveler at Al Falamanki restaurant
29 June - Concierges convene at Grand Millennium Al Wahda for first all UAE Les Clef d’Or meeting. Grand Millennium Al Wahda was this week proud to host the UAE chapter of the official international Concierge Association’s first ever meeting to bring together concierges from across the Emirates, and facilitate sharing of ideas and experiences across hotels.
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