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Hard Rock to open first Middle East property in Dubai in 2015; company in talks to open hotel in Qatar

Popular global chain of themed cafes, casinos and hotels, Hard Rock International, is gearing up to open its first Middle East property in Dubai – Hard Rock Hotel Dubai Marina – in the third quarter of 2015. As part of their expansion plans in the region, the company is looking at opening more hotels in Qatar, Morocco and Egypt.


In an interview with the Hotelier Middle East, Hard Rock president and CEO Hamish Dodds revealed the company’s global hotel strategy of expanding their footprint worldwide, especially the Middle East.

He was quoted saying: “We are seeing growth potential in hotels. So we are looking at the whole region and there are certain markets that make more sense because of either the economics or the tourism profile or other factors. That’s why Dubai and Abu Dhabi certainly come up pretty high on the list, but also that’s why we are now looking at Egypt, we are looking at Morocco, we are looking in Doha, Qatar.”

Currently Hard Rock international operates at a total of 191 venues in 59 countries, including 145 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos.

Read the full report here.


[The above photograph is of Hard Rock Hotel, Penang – Courtesy: Diza Ramli via Flickr]


  1. Riyas

    Riyas H Kunju
    Shangri-La Hotel
    Muscat, Oman
    Mobile No: 00968 – 94133958


    To be a dynamic member of a professional organization and to contribute my 13 years of hospitality experience, Talents, skills, and make a positive affects People, Quality and Revenue.


    Ø Presently Working with Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Beach Resort & Spa [Muscat, Oman] as a Sous Chef. Main Kitchen, International Cuisine Buffet & Alacart Altanoor Restaurant & Room Dining [Since 01st May 2012]*****

    Ø Worked with Dragon Hotel & Resort, Gama Hotel Group [Bahrain] as a Junior Sous Chef. Multi Cuisine Muju Restaurant [19/08/2011 to 15/04/2012]*****

    Ø Worked with Iberotel Miramar al Aqah Beach Resort & Spa [Fujeiraha, U.A.E] as a Chef De Partie. Italian Cuisine Fine Dining Mammone Restaurant [03/11/2010 to 07/08/2011] *****

    Ø Worked with Merweb Hotel Central Doha [Owned by Qatar National Hotel] as a Chef De Partie, Main Kitchen, International Cuisine Buffet & Alacart Restaurant & Room Dining [13/02/2010 to 15/10/2010]*****

    Ø Worked with jumeirah Beach Hotel & Spa [Dubai, U.A.E] as a Demi Chef De Partie. Italian Cuisine Fine Dining Carnival Restaurant [08/08/2009 to 07/01/2010]*****

    Ø Worked with jumeirah Beach Hotel & Spa [Dubai, U.A.E] as a Demi Chef De Partie. Mexican Cuisine Gowest Restaurant [14/08/2008 to 07/08/2009]*****

    Ø Worked with Madinat Jumeirah Beach Resort & Spa [Dubai, U.A.E] as a commis 1. Madinat Jumeirah Steak House, Fine dining Restaurant [14/07/2007 to13/08/2008] *****

    Ø Worked with Madinat Jumeirah Beach Resort & Spa [Dubai,U.A.E] as a commis 2. Seafood Fine Dining Pierchic Restaurant [20/07/2006 to13/07/2007] *****

    Ø Worked With Hilton Creeck [Dubai,U.A.E] as a Commis 2. Main Kitchen, International Buffet & Alacart Restaurant & Room Dining [01/02/2005 to 15/05/2006]*****

    Ø Worked with Embassy Suites Hotel [Sharjah, U.A.E] as a Commis 3. Main Kitchen, International Cuisine Buffet & Alacart Restaurant [07/07/2002 to 11/11/2003]***

    Ø Worked With Quality Inn Presidency Hotel [Cochin Kerala, India] As a Commis 3.Main Kitchen, International Cuisine Buffet Restaurant [01/01/2001 to 25/05/2001]****


    Ø Report directly to Executive Chef and cooperate with all members of the kitchen brigade and Outlet Managers.
    Ø Orders of food stock appropriate to sales levels and not over ordered.
    Ø All deliveries to be checked and signed.
    Ø Prepares food for service appropriate to sales levels.
    Ø Controls wastage and records / reports all wastage.
    Ø All invoices processed weekly and accounted for.
    Ø Keeps within budgets set for ordering.
    Ø All stock is secure and no loss of stock.
    Ø Pro-active in problem solving.
    Ø Ensure the kitchen uniform and personal hygiene requirements are adhered to
    Ø Communicate via team meetings, one to one meetings, training sessions, notice

    boards and written.

    Ø Manage the day-to-day food administration ensuring systems compliance.
    Ø Ensures that food is stored, Prepared and secured hygienically and safely.
    Ø Ensures that food is prepared and cooked according to specific recipes and wastage is minimized.
    Ø Ensures that maintaining standards of hygiene and cleanliness in all kitchen and related areas.
    Ø Prepares and submits forms and reports on time as directed.
    Ø Checks mise-en-place and preparation procedures ensuring that procedures are correctly followed.
    Ø Reporting any engineering defects to engineering.
    Ø Attends scheduled training courses, briefing as required.
    Ø Perform and document all performance appraisals, counseling and disciplinary action with employees.
    Ø Implement H.A.C.C.P system according to the local municipality laws.
    Ø Train the team about general kitchen operation and H.A.C.C.P system on a weekly and monthly.
    Ø Created new Recipes and monthly promotions menu.
    Ø Maintains good relationships with colleagues within the department and with other departments and contributes to team spirit.
    Ø Comply with Hotel standards in relation to hygiene, health and safety policy.
    Ø Adheres to set procedures for attendance and time keeping.
    Ø To carry out other tasks as maybe required from time to time by the management.
    Ø Review operating reports, directing resolution of operational and maintenance issues to minimize costs and prevent operational delays.
    Ø Assists with hiring and training of all new employees.


    Ø Software Developing Division as a programmer Assistant .Rajiv Gandhi Memorial [01/08/1999 to 31/10/2000]


    Ø Food safety in catering Certificate Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. [H.A.C.C.P] England
    Ø Diploma in Hotel Management & Catering Technology, National Hi-tech
    Management Studies, Kerala, India. [11/06/2001 to 10/04/2002]

    Ø Diploma in Advance Computer Application, Win Soft Institute, Kerala, India. [19/05/98 to 20/05/1999]
    Ø HSC from University of Kerala in India. [10/04/1996 to 01/04/1998]
    Ø SSLC from Kerala Board in India. [01/03/1995 to 01/03/1996]


    Ø My Guest, My Customer.
    Ø Customers Come First.
    Ø Hygiene & Grooming.
    Ø H.A.C.C.P
    Ø Telephone Handling.
    Ø Complaint Handling.
    Ø Fire & Safety Training


    Ø Won the awarded of the Employee of the month Embassy Suites Hotel, Sharjha 2003.
    Ø Won the awarded of the Employee of the month Hilton Dubai Creeck Hotel 2005.
    Ø Won the awarded of the Employee of the month Madinat Jumeirah Beach Resort 2007.
    Ø Won the awarded of the Employee of the month Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Spa 2010.


    Ø Excellent Communication Skills.
    Ø Leadership and Teamwork.
    Ø Able to Work Under pressure.
    Ø Willing to Learn.
    Ø Complaint Handling.
    Ø Menu Creation and Pricing.
    Ø Excellent Cooking Skills.
    Ø Food and Staff Budgeting.
    Ø Inventory and Purchasing.
    Ø Decision Maker & Trainer.
    Ø Cleanliness Maintenance.
    Ø Can effectively solve problems.


    Ø Nationality :- Indian [Kerala, Alapuzha, Kayam Kulam]
    Ø Date of birth :- 13th Feb 1981
    Ø Gender : – Male.
    Ø Religion : – Muslim.
    Ø Marital Status : – Married.
    Ø Passport NO :- H5851819
    Ø Place of issue : – Cochin – Kerala.
    Ø Languages know : – English, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam, Tamil.


    Available upon Request

    Riyas H Kunju

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