TKI wins Sudan food complex contract
Dubai, June 13, 2012
Dubai-based hospitality consultants Thomas Klein International (TKI) has won its first international operations management contract from El Seref Tourism and Hospitality group in Sudan.
As per the contract, TKI will take over the management of the 35,000 sq ft food destination El Seref complex located in the Omdurman area of Khartoum, overlooking the confluence of the Blue and White Nile.
The El Seref complex will encompass three distinct food and beverage outlets, offering a range of different cuisines in one convenient location, said a TKI statement.
The Dubai group said it was originally appointed to manage El Seref’s pre-opening as well as the design of the technical kitchen and back-of-house area.
After successfully managing the various aspects of the preopening period, TKI has now been assigned the management of the complex, said a top official.
Commenting on the win, Daniel During, the TKI principal and managing director said, “For years, TKI has operated internationally as a highly successful hospitality consultancy and design firm, and the company has also managed many businesses locally under management contracts.
“We have now reached a new milestone by securing the additional scope of services for the El Seref complex, as it is our first overseas management contract, and it is also the largest fully indoor and air conditioned restaurant operating in Africa,” he stated.
The largest of the three restaurants will be called Al Housh, and is based on a traditional Sudanese market concept. The outlet will feature 25 live cooking stations and stalls selling fresh produce, and will have a seating capacity of 600.
The complex will also feature the first Cilantro Cafe in Sudan, which is part of a popular Egyptian coffee shop franchise, and will be able to seat 250 diners.
The aptly named “Third Space”, will be the smallest of the three outlets with 150 seats, and will serve both sushi and pasta, which are firm favourites the world over.
“Combined, the three restaurants located in El Seref will have the capacity to seat over 1,000 customers simultaneously, and we are planning to hire over 300 employees to staff the restaurants,” added During.
The El Seref complex is scheduled to open in mid-August this year, with Al Housh and Cilantro due to open just in time for Eid Al Fitr. The Third Space is due to open later near the end of 2012.
“We are definitely creating history in Sudan by launching such an ambitious project, and for a development of this magnitude we have to make sure we have the right partners in place,” remarked Abdel Rahim El Sadig, the general manager of El Seref Tourism and Hospitality.
“We are very pleased to have TKI on board this significant development, and we look forward to a very successful partnership,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service
More Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Stories
- Air Arabia opens new sales office in Bahrain
- Lufthansa aims high with 'First Class' service
- Emirates launches new service to Boston
- Dubai Airports 'powers down' for green initiative
- City Seasons opens 5-star hotel in Abu Dhabi
- Etihad alert on fog
- Bahrain F1 visa procedures issued
- Oman Air appoints GSA for Turkey
- $40bn investment in Gulf airports likely
- Celebrity chef to open restaurant at InterContinental
- FRHI appoints wellness vice president
- Dubai, Abu Dhabi hotels top performance
- Malaysia Airlines jet presumed crashed, 239 onboard
- BA rolls out special Mother's Day fares
- Etihad says majority of stranded passengers sent home
- Malaysian jet search team spots 'column of smoke'
- Turkish Airlines revenue surges 27pc in 2013
- GCC airlines defend female cabin crew policies
- Malaysian flight 'presumed crashed' over China
- Qatar Airways likely to buy more A380s
- Malaysia Airlines jet goes missing over China
- Etihad in move to clear flights backlog
- Tourism industry emerges from downturn
- Airbus orders more frequent A380 checks
- Dubai Mall stand offers air safety tips
- Elaf Group plans new hotel in Makkah
- UPDATE: Abu Dhabi airport starts operation
- Qatar Airways mulls options on 3 extra A380s
- RAK features 9 travel firms at ITB Berlin
- Etihad names Patrick Vieira guest ambassador