Top 10 outlet openings of 2010

Arabian Business looks at Caterer Middle Easts's pick of the hottest F&B outlet launches from around the region
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Caterer Middle East magazine has picked out the hottest F&B outlet launches from around the region — all of which show how the right market research, branding and ethos can generate a successful new business even in a tough economic climate. Here’s the round up of the ten most interesting, buzz-generating,commercially confident launches of this year. The list was compiled using recommendations offered by industry professionals and ITP editorial staff, while the final ranking was selected based on votes cast by the ITP editorial team. (Text: hoteliermiddleeast.com/ Images: ITP Images)
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Hakkasan, Emirates Palace: Topping the list of this year's top outlet openings is Hakkasan Abu Dhabi — the Hakkasan group's third outletworldwide, bringing the brand's trademark modern Chinese cuisine to a new audience. (Text: hoteliermiddleeast.com/ Images: ITP Images)
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Rhodes Twenty10, Le Royal Méridien: Rhodes Twenty10, opening this summer at Dubai's Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa, will provide a steakhouse concept 'with a new twist', according to patron chef Gary Rhodes. (Text: hoteliermiddleeast.com/ Images: ITP Images)
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Tribes, Mall of the Emirates: This family restaurant is scheduled to open in UAE shopping complex Mall of the Emirates’ new food court before the end of the year. Foodfund International head of operations Joe Van Jaarsveld labells the venture a 'unique, contemporary experience of traditional tribal cuisine, encompassing recipes from all over the African continent'. (Text/Images: hoteliermiddleeast.com)
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Floor 10, Kempinski Nile Hotel: Floor 10 is a new ‘dining destination’ at Egypt’s recently opened Kempinski Nile Hotel, in Cairo. The outlet's maitre de cuisine, Simon Dow, describes Floor 10 as 'an eclectic mix of influences from Europe, with little touches from the Middle East'. (Text/Images: hoteliermiddleeast.com)
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Maze, The Pearl — Qatar Adding yet another string to his bow is celeb chef Gordon Ramsay, who has opened a Doha branch of his maze restaurant at The Pearl — Qatar. (Text/Images: hoteliermiddleeast.com)
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Mango Tree Bistro, Souk Al Bahar In at number six is Mango Tree Bistro, the younger sibling of the established Mango Tree brand, which opened at Dubai’s Souk Al Bahar this year. According to manager John Victor, Mango Tree Bistro was created 'for the younger generation of customers; it’s very casual and the menu is more approachable'. (Text/Images: hoteliermiddleeast.com)
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Pampano, The Pearl — Qatar: An unusual collaboration between opera star and celebrity chef comes in at number seven, adding to the growing F&B portfolio on The Pearl — Qatar. Celebrated Mexican chef Richard Sandoval has partnered with opera legend Placido Domingo, to bring ‘modern Mexican seafood to Doha’, says the outlet’s operations manager, Hichem Benamor. Chef Fabian Coronado expands: ‘Richard Sandoval’s concept is a modern mix of traditional Mexican recipes, with a touch of Asian ingredients. He always uses high quality seafood and fresh goods.' (Text/Images: hoteliermiddleeast.com)
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Caramel, DIFC: The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas arrived in the Middle East this year, in the shape of renowned US restaurant brand Caramel, managed by The Light Group. Jim Moaddab, director of operations for the group in Dubai believes the outlet's location at DIFC — 'and the progressive nature of the brand' — will secure its appeal within the busy market. (Text: hoteliermiddleeast.com/ Images: ITP Images)
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Shahista,Garhoud: Breathtakingly colourful new restaurant Shahista is hoping to make its mark as the UAE’s only outlet offering top-end Afghani cuisine. (Text: hoteliermiddleeast.com/ Images: ITP Images)
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Shiba Bar, Jumeirah The Meydan: Located on the lobby level of the plush new race-side hotel, Shiba Bar brings a taste of Japan to Dubai, with a chic, urban twist on traditional décor. For those looking for more than beverages, there is also the Shiba Restaurant nearby. Please note that the Top 10 Outlet Openings of 2010 is an entirely subjective list. (Text/Images: hoteliermiddleeast.com)