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The Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers congratulates its HR & Quality Manager, Diana Saxena, for being shortlisted for the 2012 Hotelier Middle East Awards as HR Person of the Year!

The Bonnington Hotel in JLT is very pleased to announce that its HR & Quality Manager, Diana Saxena, has been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘HR Person of the Year’ award in the 2012 Hotelier Middle East Awards – the Oscars of the hospitality industry in the United Arab Emirates and the wider region.

Diana, who joined the Bonnington’s pre-opening team in 2009 as Assistant HR Manager and was promoted to HR & Quality Manager in 2011, not only oversaw the successful pre- and post opening process, but also implemented a host of HR, training, and quality initiatives, which were fundamental in assuring consistently low staff turnover, high employee satisfaction, and continuously rising guest satisfaction scores.

“I congratulate Diana for being included in this year’s shortlist for this award and the entire Bonnington Hotel  & McGettigan’s Irish Pubs team will surely support her on 31st October. We all wish her the very best and hope that she will win on the night!,” said GM of Bonnington Tower, Bruno Guilloux.

Diana has the full support of all her colleagues, who praise her cheerful and understanding nature, excellent organization skills, dedication, and reliability.

Having seen the Bonnington team grow from 60 employees to over 400 employees, including Dubai’s most popular Irish Pub chain, McGettigan’s, Diana said, “It’s a true pleasure working for the Bonnington and I really enjoy the freedom I am given by the owners to manage the company’s HR, training, and quality responsibilities and I enjoy being there for our colleagues and encouraging them to achieve their best at all times.”

Now in its eighth year, the Hotelier Middle East Awards recognises a broad range of front and back of house roles, from laundry managers to chefs, marketing experts to concierges and spa professionals to engineers. This year there are 19 award categories.

The Hotelier Middle East Awards are a celebration of excellence. The winners truly are the heroes that make the difference.

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The Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Atelier/Festival – the Middle East’s Biggest Music Festival hitting Dubai on 19th October 2012!

The Bonnington Hotel in JLT is proud to be the official hotel sponsor of  the 2nd edition of the biggest music festival in the Middle East, Atelier/Festival, which will take place in Dubai on Friday, 19th October 2012 and will see 8 international top artists appear on the same stage in an 8 hour long non-stop live music extravaganza.

Featuring 50Cent, Duffy, Nelly, LMFAO(SkyBlu), Ciara, Craig David, Eva Simons & DJ Antoine, all live in concert, the Atelier/Festival will take place at Meydan Race Course and the international stars will be supported by 5 local DJs to entertain the expected 15,000+ revelers.

The event, which will be broadcast live in local radio, also feature a dedicated teen section, 3 fashion shows with international top models, and a wealth of food & beverage offerings.

“We’re delighted to be associated with such a prestigious event, which will further help with positioning Dubai firmly as the world’s top tourism & entertainment destination,” said CEO of Bonnington Tower and the McGettigan group, Dennis McGettigan.

“Together with our McGettigan’s Irish Pubs & Entertainment Hubs in JLT and Downtown Dubai next to the World Trade Centre, the Bonnington is a keen supporter of events that add value to residents and visitors of our city and we hope that the artists and visitors will enjoy this outstanding event.”

Artists like 50 cent and Nelly will be relaxing and staying at Bonnington Hotel in the heart of Jumeirah Lakes Towers which should give fans a chance to meet the stars of the Atelier Festival in their outlets such as McGettigan’s or Healey’s!

As part of the festival sponsorship, McGettigan’s at Bonnington in JLT will be a ticket sales outlet for the massive music event with tickets on sale from AED250 for a standard, AED450 for a premium or AED650 for a VIP ticket.

One thing is for sure, the Bonnington and McGettigan’s outlets continue to be at the forefront of music, nightlife and entertainment in Dubai – whether it’s bringing the best music acts to their McGettigan’s venues or hosting 50 cent, Nelly and Duffy in their hotel.

For more details on the best room rates at Bonnington visit www.bonningtontower.com or check out the McGettigan’s website for the latest info on concerts and events www.mcgettigansdubai.com

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The hunt is on for the finest cupcake chef in Dubai!

The hunt is on for the finest cupcake chef in Dubai! Use your imagination and showcase your cooking skills by creating your very own CUPCAKE masterpiece! To win, simply upload a photo of yourself while making the cupcake and of the finished product and post it on https://www.facebook.com/bonningtontower! You can also make a video (less than 1 minute long) and email it to us via bonningtontower@gmail.com and we’ll post it on our page for you.

The small print:

  1. Entries can posted/emailed until 4 p.m. Dubai time on 24th of September
  2. The best 3 entries will be selected by us and presented for final judging by our Facebook fans on 25th of September
  3. Our Facebook fans will have from 25th – 30th September to vote for the winning cupcake
  4. The winner will be announced on 1st October 2012
  5. The winner will receive a voucher for an afternoon tea for 2 adults + 1 child in our Authors’ Lounge
  6. Prize cannot be exchanged, sold, or transferred.
  7. You must own the rights to the photos & videos you upload to our Facebook page – we will only accept original photos and reserve the right to delete fake photos/videos, unsuitable material, or media copied from other sources.
  8. In the final round, the winner will be decided by votes from our Facebook community. Obvious fake votes will be deleted.

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Calling all seafood lovers & gourmets! Join us for our September wine dinner!

It’s gourmet wine dinner time again in our Cavendish Restaurant on Tuesday, 11th September, from 7 p.m. onwards.

This month, the theme is shellfish. Book now by calling +971 4 3560533 or email us on reservations[at]bonningtontower.com

As always, this promises to be a perfect evening out for foodies and wine lovers alike! The evening is excellent value with a five course meal prices at only AED 345. Those of you with smaller appetites can also choose a three course option for only AED 295.

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Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to all our readers, guests, associates, suppliers, and neighbours! We hope you had a blessed Ramadan and are enjoying your Eid break.

All our outlets are now open as usual again. Ladies Night is back in Healey’s Bar & Terrace every Wednesday and Friday Family Brunch is back in our Cavendish Restaurant.

We’re also offering a special Eid brunch on the 1st & 2nd day of Eid:

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Did you know? There’s a Ramadan shisha terrace in JLT…

Just in case you haven’t heard it yet… We’ve opened a Ramadan shisha terrace in the heart of JLT. Come and join us on Healey’s Terrace every evening after iftar for shisha, juices, tea, or snacks with a view over the Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

While we’re on the subject of all things “new”: Have you seen the latest video put together by our colleagues from McGettigan’s Irish Pub? It’s pretty snazzy – have a look:

The video is part of McGettigan’s expansion campaign. That’s right, our Irish Pub has grown up and is spreading its wings! Read all about it in the McGettigan’s blog.

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The Bonnington featured in Stellar Magazine

Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of welcoming guests from Stellar magazine and we just received a copy of the article they wrote while they were here.

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Have you been to Healey’s lately? Say hello to Kerrie-Anne!

Have you been to our Healey’s Bar & Terrace recently? If so, you might have met our new resident artist, Kerrie-Anne.

Kerrie-Anne is a uniquely talented artist who takes great care in presenting you with profound, original captivating songs to hook you from the first note. Kerrie-Anne’s writing talent is accompanied by an “impressive voice” (Rolling Stone, 2011) of a 4 octave range with a specialism in soul, RnB, jazz and funk vocal style.

Like many singers across genres Kerrie-Anne began singing in church. At 5 years old she was singing for an audience of up to 1500 and from these events she grew in confidence and vocal maturity ensued. In the following years she toured the UK performing at various venues for a variety of charitable and festive occasions. At the tender age of 15 she wrote and arranged a song entitled ‘You Need To Go On’ which she entered into the the national ‘Premier Christian Radio Song Search 2002′, which aimed to recognize songwriting talent.

She enlisted the help of Sam West Productions (London) to produce the track. After many weeks of her song being aired, and continuously voted for by the public as ‘best song’ Kerrie-Anne was invited to perform her song as a finalist at Westminster Abbey in London. Despite being the youngest contestant in the competition she was voted as the most developed lyrics and sound, which supported her to win the competition.
Between 2006 -2008 Kerrie-Anne joined the Ican Foundation Choir. During this time she performed at numerous high profile events for national and international dignitaries including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Home Secretary David Blunkett and Bishop Desmond Tutu, to name a few. In 2007, in honor of South African Independence Day she performed for Nelson Mandela at the South African High Commission in London.
In 2010 Kerrie-Anne relocated to Dubai to pursue a career in international teaching. Upon this move she met and worked with one of Dubai’s esteemed house DJs, Frederick Stone. Together they worked on several commercial and soulful house tracks, which they anticipate to pitch to a number of house music production companies in Europe.

You can listen to Kerrie-Anne every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.15 p.m. – midnight in Healey’s, plus she’s also performing in our Cavendish during Friday Brunch.

Calling all corporate hotel & events bookers in the United Arab Emirates!

Do you work for a company based in the United Arab Emirates? Are you responsible for booking hotel accommodation, corporate events, and entertainment?

If your answer is “yes” to all of the above, what are you waiting for? Join our new Bonnington Corporate Bookers Club group on Facebook! It’s free and you’ll get direct access to the Bonnington’s sales team, plus you’ll benefit from dedicated special offers and promotions.

To join, just click here and request to be included in the group. We’ll review your application and get back to you within a few days.

Once you’re a member of the group, you can enjoy one click access to all the latest info and offers for your guests and you can also contact your sales manager directly.

Our sales coordinator is on hand to assist you with booking requests, corporate rates (also abroad as part of our Worldhotels membership), billing queries, and much more!

Don’t delay, because we’ll soon be launching an exciting incentive program for all group members!

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The Bonnington’s Chef Paul in the Chef of the Year Competition – Regional Final

Meet Paul Bussey, our Executive Sous Chef, who just landed a spot in the regional final of the 2012 Unilever Chef of the Year competition. Winning the regional heat would see him jet of to sunny South Africa for the finals in September this year!

Before joining the team at the Bonnington, Paul used to work for The Ivy, Rivington Grill, and Verre by Gordon Ramsey in Dubai. Prior to coming to the UAE, he could be found at Bluebird in London’s swish Chelsea neighbourhood and he also spent time working for Angela Hartnett at the Connaught in London.

Every year, Unilever Food Solutions provides innovative young chefs with the opportunity to prove their worth in the culinary world, by challenging them to create and produce the most original, utterly delicious, beautifully plated dishes.

Once again, the competition will be judged by several leading, respected figures in the culinary world.

New this year is the introduction of two exciting categories:

Creative Canapés and the Confectionery Showcase where chefs will have the opportunity to dazzle the judges in the following criteria:

  • Most Indulgent
  • Best Innovative Presentation
  • Best use of Unilever Food Solutions ingredients
  • Best Representation of Theme

The Dubai competition will take place at the prestigious Emirates Academy of Hospitality on Saturday, 2nd June, and Paul will have only 3 short hours to prepare a three course meal for 3 people from scratch and using only ingredients from the mystery basket list he’ll be given just before he’s ready to hit the kitchen.

We wish Chef Paul the best of luck and hope to see him represent the Bonnington and Dubai in South Africa in September!

Feel free to cheer Paul on by posting a message of support to our Facebook Pages, here or here, or by tweeting us and including the hashtag #gopaulgo

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