Power Duo to Add a Fresh New Flavour to Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels’ F&B Offering
New F&B Director and new Executive Chef have plenty of culinary surprises in store for the popular Downtown Dubai hotels
Dubai, UAE; 5 December 2012: Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure subsidiary of global developer Emaar, has appointed Riad Haidar as Director of Food and Beverage and Spencer Lee Black as Executive Chef for Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels.
Haidar joins Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels from the position of Director of Food and Beverage at The Address Dubai Mall, another leading Emaar Hospitality Group property, where he successfully oversaw 10 Food and Beverage outlets including meeting facilities and 156 staff. In his new role, Haidar will be responsible for the F&B operation, administration and profitability of eight diverse culinary outlets within the two popular Downtown Dubai hotels.
Haidar brings more than a decade of experience in the hospitality business to his new role, much of which has been spent in the UAE – within Emaar Hospitality Group and other leading hospitality groups. In addition to his extensive experience in the Middle East, Riad has also applied his talents in Europe, working in France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Executive Chef Spencer Lee Black joins Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels from Al Murooj Rotana Hotel where he also held the position of Executive Chef, overseeing the hotel’s 5 restaurants, pool bar, room service, executive club and banquet operations. Spencer brings more than two decades of experience to his role, with half the years of his professional career being spent in Dubai, at properties such as Movenpick Jumeirah Beach, Grosvenor House West Marina Beach and Le Royal Beach Resort and Spa in Dubai.
With an international career spanning stints in the US – in New York as Head Chef at Theo Restaurant among other posts in the Big Apple and Brooklyn – and a varied portfolio of F&B experience at leading properties in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar, Spencer is perfectly suited to lead the Hotels’ multicultural team. In addition to his hands-on experience of many years, Spencer has completed intensive training as part of the prestigious Culinary Arts Program of the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon.
“Riad and Spencer will be quite the powerful duo on our F&B team. These two high-level appointments are set to further solidify our strong and unique restaurant offering within the bustling Downtown Dubai area. Our award-winning outlets are popular amongst both Dubai residents and tourists alike and have received several recognitions for their quality of food, service and unique ambience. Riad and Spencer have a firm foundation on which to build the hotels’ F&B reputation even further and they seem to have plenty of exciting ideas on new directions in which to take our menu offerings.”
Al Manzil Hotel’s Boulevard Café and The Courtyard restaurant recently took home awards in the Eating Out categories for French (under AED400) and Middle Eastern & African respectively at the tenth annual What’s On Awards Dubai ceremony held in October. F&B outlets at the two hotels currently include a number of all-day dining restaurants, café outlets and a sports grill.
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Al Manzil Hotel: Located in Downtown Dubai, with landmark attractions such as Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain at your door, Al Manzil Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy the best of Dubai’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. The hotel’s 197 rooms combine a distinctive Arabian feel with a contemporary ambience. The deluxe hotel offers globetrotting executives every desirable business amenity, combined with relaxing recreational facilities and several superb dining destinations.
Qamardeen Hotel: Nestled in the heart of Downtown Dubai, Qamardeen Hotel enjoys a prime location next to the spectacular Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain, and combines the best business amenities with a relaxing array of recreational facilities and popular dining outlets. Merging traditional hospitality with every modern comfort, this 186-room deluxe property adorned with traditional Arabesque accents is the ideal home for guests travelling to Dubai for business or pleasure.
About Emaar Hospitality Group:
Emaar Hospitality Group LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, the Dubai-based global property developer, and manages Emaar’s hospitality & leisure projects across the region. Emaar Hospitality Group owns and manages a diversified portfolio of hospitality assets including hotels, serviced residences, golf retreats, a polo and equestrian club, lifestyle dining outlets and the Dubai Marina Yacht Club and Marinas.
The Address Hotels + Resorts, the flagship hotel brand of Emaar Hospitality Group, owns and operates five hotels in Dubai – The Address Downtown Dubai, The Address Dubai Mall, The Address Dubai Marina, The Address Montgomerie Dubai and The Palace Downtown Dubai.
The other hotels in the portfolio are Al Manzil and Qamardeen Hotels at The Old Town in Downtown Dubai. Troon Golf manages The Address Montgomerie Dubai’s championship golf course.