Dubai hosts ‘Restaurants, Cafés & Lounges’

Leila Masinaei, managing partner of Great Minds Events.
Updated 17 June 2019
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Dubai hosts ‘Restaurants, Cafés & Lounges’

The first edition of “Restaurants, Cafés & Lounges” conference and exhibition will be held on Oct. 7 and 8 at the Roda Al-Bustan Hotel in Dubai. 

Leila Masinaei, managing partner of Great Minds Event Management, organizers of the event, said: “We are organizing ‘Restaurants Cafés & Lounges’ to bring together all the stakeholders who are involved in creating business models from menu selections, growth strategies, location mapping, to technology implementation, from across the Middle East and North Africa.”   

Arvind Shekar, event director, said: “More than 250 attendees from 25 countries will discuss the latest consumer trends and growth strategies in the MENA market, and share their experiences and ideas during 10 hours of networking sessions, while enjoying the chance of meeting 40 exhibitors, showcasing the latest technology trends and new innovative products.” 

Chef Thomas A. Gugler, president of World Association of Chefs’ Societies, said: “I am looking forward to having some fruitful discussions, some exchange of thoughts and work experiences and to support our colleagues from all around the world.”


Alinma CEO shares leadership insights at Cambridge event

Alinma Bank CEO Abdulmohsen Al-Fares was a featured speaker at the recent Cambridge Islamic Finance Leadership Program.
Updated 21 July 2019
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Alinma CEO shares leadership insights at Cambridge event

Alinma Bank CEO Abdulmohsen Al-Fares was a featured speaker at the recent Cambridge Islamic Finance Leadership Program (IFLP), held at the University of Cambridge,  outside of London in the UK.
Al-Fares, who was named CEO of the Year by the Global Islamic Finance Awards, which is a program affiliate of Cambridge IFLP, spent more than an hour discussing his career in Islamic finance, his role in the establishment and growth of Alinma Bank, and his views on leadership and the vital importance of Islamic banking.
“It was indeed an honor to be asked to speak at such a worthwhile event, organized by a quality organization like Cambridge IFLP,” said Al-Fares. “The work they are doing truly supports banks like Alinma and others in the industry; and I feel strongly that with time, Islamic banking and finance will emerge as a fully-fledged alternative to conventional banking. I am, therefore, always pleased to support those organizations and individuals working toward this mission.”
Al-Fares thanked the organizers and lauded them for their efforts to enhance the profile of Islamic banking and finance.
Cambridge IFLP annually brings together 35-50 middle and upper managers from Islamic banking and finance institutions across the world. Over the course of a five-day intensive workshop held on the campus of the University of Cambridge, participants receive lectures on technical aspects of the industry, engage in group activities, and listen to lectures from experts and thought leaders within the industry.