Emaar adds Toko in Vida Downtown to portfolio

Toko at Vida Downtown has an intimate restaurant and lounge setting, expansive terrace and a mezzanine private dining area.
Updated 06 March 2018
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Emaar adds Toko in Vida Downtown to portfolio

Emaar Hospitality Group is launching Toko in Vida Downtown, a contemporary Japanese dine-in that presents Izakaya dining of promoting social interactions in its finest traditions.
Set in Downtown Dubai, Toko is for connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine with a trendy new ambience.
The Toko brand first opened its doors in 2007 in Sydney, and quickly set a benchmark for contemporary Japanese dining.
Toko at Vida Downtown has an intimate restaurant and lounge setting, expansive terrace and a mezzanine private dining area.
Matthew Darwon, the celebrated Australian architect who designed Toko Sydney, is the mind behind Toko Dubai too. He brings a sense of traditional aesthetics with a creative twist that is central to the Toko identity. He draws on a minimalist neutral palette of natural timbers and streamlined joinery, with Reni Kung lighting accents.
Olivier Harnisch, chief executive of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Toko Dubai has redefined the Japanese cuisine experience with its contemporary interpretation and inimitable presentation style. It complements the philosophy of Vida to serve as social hubs for the young and trendy. The addition of Toko Dubai further strengthens our Lifestyle Dining division, which is focused on delivering exceptional and memorable dining choices. Toko Dubai will delight Japanese food enthusiasts as well as those who want to discover the current trends in dining at one of the city’s trendiest restaurants.”
In addition to the main restaurant setting, Toko Dubai’s lounge overlooks the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard with intimate lounge booths and an expansive open design. It will serve beverages designed by the Toko Sydney team in addition to a full dinner menu.
Toko Dubai will feature live music and a deejay daily bringing the vibes of a social gathering to the lounge. Further, a private Toko garden and terrace enables guests to enjoy a full-dinner menu in a Japanese-style garden environment. The garden has calming water features, floating Japanese umbrellas, and Bonsai trees.


Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Updated 15 January 2019
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Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Khalaf Al-Habtoor, founding chairman of the Al-Habtoor Group, received a delegation from the Dubai Police Esaad Program Committee at the Al-Habtoor Group head office on Monday. Mona Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, Dubai Police, thanked Al-Habtoor for his continuous support for the Dubai Police employee happiness initiative and presented the Al-Habtoor Group chairman, and Vice Chairman and CEO Mohammed Al-Habtoor with their personalized Esaad cards.

Dubai Police representatives included Masoud Ibrahim Alhammad, Khalid Alsuwaidi, Ahmed bin Ghafan, Ibrahim Alblooshi, Salah Amin, Mohammed Shoaib Albalooshi, Gaafar Salim, Sayed Ibrahim, Abdullah Haidarah, Hasan Saleh, Thureya Balhoul, Waheeda Abbas, Waheeda Abdulqadir, Mariyam Saeed Abdulhakeem, Khalil Ibrahim Ali and Mahmood Ibrahim. Also present was Abdul Salam Marzooqi, director of UAE affairs and community relations, Al-Habtoor Group.

Khalaf Al-Habtoor said: “I am happy to collaborate with the Dubai Police in their Esaad program and be able to show our men and women in the Dubai Police corps our appreciation for their commitment to our safety.

“Dubai’s appeal as an investment haven is in its stability, and that is largely due to the safety and security the Dubai Police provides. I commend them for their continued service to our community.”

Al-Habtoor called for the private sector to work closely with the public sector and commended the Esaad program committee for their efforts to reward employees for their performance, commitment and dedication to the job. 

Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, thanked Al-Habtoor for the warm welcome and gave a detailed brief about the Esaad card and its uses across various sectors including: Education, tourism, hospitality, aviation, entertainment and leisure, real estate and retail.

She said: “The Esaad card is trusted by the civil servants in Dubai and the UAE. The number of Esaad cardholders is currently at 108,498 employees from 128 governmental and semi-governmental departments.”

Al-Ameri commended the Al-Habtoor Group for its continuous support for community activities, noting that the Esaad program is an innovative program designed to achieve happiness in the community.

Al-Habtoor Group joined the Esaad program in October 2017 offering Dubai Police staff extended benefits and discounts at Habtoor Hospitality and Real Estate properties, including hotels, restaurant, leisure and entertainment facilities in the UAE and abroad. Dubai Police staff are offered a 50 percent discount at Al-Habtoor Group hotels in Dubai and internationally, as well as a 20 percent reduction at the group’s leisure and entertainment facilities. It also includes special rates on the new apartments at Al-Habtoor City Residence Collection.