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ABOUT THE EVENT

The number of F&B outlets are raising in the region and the existing restaurants, cafés and lounges  are actively scouting for new strategic locations to expand their business. However, in the last few years restaurants, cafés and lounges have been catching up with the rapidly changing consumer trends, behavior and habits. With technology disrupting the market greatly and the economy’s effect on consumer’s spending patterns has made many successful businesses obsolete and lose their business and customers to raising competition. 

It is very clear and evident that the restaurants, cafés, lounges owners and F&B stakeholders need to drive innovation across all business functions to survive and grow in changing business environment.

Restaurants, cafés and lounges , will bring together all the stakeholders who are involved in creating business models, menu selection, growth strategies, location mapping, to technology implementation from across Middle East.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Murad Alnasur

Founder and Managing Partner,


Restonalysis FZE

Anoop Gopal

General Manager Leasing, Nakheel Malls


Naim Maadad

Chief Executive and Founder,


Gates Hospitality

Akhilesh Bahl

Founder & CEO,


Malt & Salt Hospitality

George Kunnappally

Managing Director, Nando’s Restaurants



Dinesh Chauhan

Franchise Sales & Operations Manager,


Sumo Sushi & Bento

Peggy Li

Managing Partner, 


sps:affinity

 

CELEBRITY CHEFS

Thomas A. Gugler

President,


World Association of Chef Societies

Chef Manal Al Alem

“The Queen of Arabian Kitchen”


MODERATORS

 

Martin Kubler

Chief Executive Officer,


sps: affinity

Courtney Brandt

Founder,


A to Za'atar

Anoop Gopal

General Manager Leasing, 


Nakheel Malls

 

SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

Walid Hajj

Founder and Chairman, Cravia Group


Spencer Ayers

Managing Director, Jumeirah Restaurant Group


Tony Habre

Chief Executive Officer, Addmind Hospitality Group


Ben Tobitt

Group Executive Chef, Jumeirah Restaurant Group


Ammar Metanios Al Ekili

Corporate Executive Chef, Dynamic Hospitality Group



Reif Othman

Chef and Founder,


REIF Japanese Kushiyaki

Brian Voelzing

Group Executive Chef, Lincoln Hospitality


David Singleton

Area Vice President, Franchise Operations & Development EMEA/South Asia, Hard Rock Cafe International


Bobby Kapoor

Chef Partner,


Cartalyst Solutions

Ravi Chandran

Chief Executive Officer, Liwa Minor



Mahmoud Bartawi

Co-Founder,


UNDER500

Dean Murphy

Director of Operations, Jumeirah Restaurant Group


Zaid Al Hachem

Group Director,


Dynamic Hospitality Group

Alan Honein

Chief Operating Officer, SugarMoo Desserts LLC


Samer Choucair

Director,


CE – Creates


Scott Price

Co- Founder,


Nick & Scott Restaurants

Fadi Ghaly

Co-Founder,


UNDER500

Nicola Walsh

Director of Marketing & Communications,


Jumeirah Restaurant Group

Nick Alvis

Co- Founder,


Nick & Scott Restaurants

Omar Shihab

Founder & General Manager,


BOCA


Zein Ibrahim Nouri Al-Zomut

Senior Food Permits and Controls Officer,


Dubai Municipality

Sunjeh Raja

Director & Chief Executive Officer,


International Center for Culinary Arts (ICCA Dubai)

Steven Holloway

Operations Manager, Jumeirah Restaurant Group


Nigel J Lobo

Executive Chef and Group Culinary Administrator,


Royal Orchid Hospitality Group

Matthijs Stinnissen

Head Chef,


BOCA


Peggy Li

Managing Partner,


sps:affinity

Michael Hardie

Franchising and Training Manager,


AWJ Investments LLC

Jack Jacob

Co-Founder & Account Director,


Promedia Public Relations

Dirk van de Haar

Director,


Creneau International Middle East

Firas Alsahin

Co-founder and Design Director,


4SPACE


Farida Ahmed

General Manager,


Frying Pan Adventures

WORKSHOP LEADERS

 
 

Melissa Murray

Partner,


Bird & Bird

Sau Lin Wan

Trade Mark Attorney,


Bird & Bird

DUBAI MUNICIPALITY CONSULTATION
Declaring calorie content of food items

 
 

Zein Ibrahim Nouri Al-Zomut

Senior Food Permits and Controls Officer,


Dubai Municipality

Jasenet Betita Liwanag

Awareness and Applied Nutrition Officer,


Dubai Municipality

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM RESTAURANTS, CAFES & LOUNGES?

250+

Attendees

25%+

Chefs

30%+

Business owners

35+

Countries

10+

Hours of networking

20+

Exhibitors


 
45+

Speakers

3+

Workshops

1

Chef contest

 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM RESTAURANTS, CAFES & LOUNGES?

250+

Attendees

25%+

Chefs

30%+

Business owners

35+

Countries

10+

Hours of networking

20+

Exhibitors


45+

Speakers

3+

Workshops

1

Chef contest

EVENT MENU

TOP REASONS TO ATTEND

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

INDUSTRIES

Restaurants

Franchises

Start-ups

Government

Hotels

Developers


Mall owners

Quick service restaurants

Restaurant designers

F&B management firms

Casual dining restaurants

Fine dining restaurants


 

Franchise and business consultants

Lounges & clubs

Dark kitchens

Food truckers

 

JOB TITLES

CEO, COO’s. CMO’s, CIOs

Owners

General managers

Directors and Heads of chefs

strategy, operations


F&B, marketing, brand

franchise, business development

supply chain, food development

IT, design, design directors, brand and creative

Franchise and business consultants

 

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ORGANISED BY

info@gmevents.ae
gmevents.ae
+971 4 568 7800
Apex Atrium Motor City - Dubai