4. Duncan Fraser-Smith, director of food and beverage, Middle East and Africa for IHG, announced that the owner of Crowne Plaza Sheikh Zayed Road, Pearl Azure, is planning on revamping the entire site.

5. John Cordeaux, exec chef at Fairmont Palm Jumeirah, said he doesn’t always hire on ability, but “those who are excited and motivated”.

6. FoodFund International is to open two new brands in Dubai within nine months, said Joseph Chalfoun, area general manager – Eat Greek and franchiseable concept Ribs & Burgers.

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