Tag Archives: Middle East

• The World’s 50 Best Bars – 2013

The World’s 50 Best Bars – 2013

If you’ve read the title of this article, you now know my new mission in life. I have 50 places to visit and strike them out of the list one by one. The World’s 50 Best list is created by an Academy, which consists of a group of people that are among the most influential […]

• Booze-free beer industry soars in Middle East

Booze-free beer industry soars in Middle East

Fake booze market has become big business in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates where alcohol is forbidden. Alcohol-free beer has become big business in the Middle East, where the predominantly young and fashionable set is turning to fake booze in their desire to be a part of the glamorized image of […]

• Design School Partners with Wineries to Go Green

Design School Partners with Wineries to Go Green

Wine companies worldwide may be trying to ‘go green’ by producing organic wines (the wineries of the Middle East being no exception), but even so there is non eco-friendly waste associated with making vino.  A winery in the Israeli Negev desert has being using solar power to meet its energy needs for the past few […]

• Israel grows as winemaker

Israel grows as winemaker

It makes sense that Israel produces good wines because the Middle East is where wine was born. For centuries Israeli wine was reserved for religious ceremony, and the less of it one had to drink, the better. But over the past decade or two, the country been producing some very good wines for consumers — […]

• Anheuser-Busch brings Belgian beer café concept to America

Anheuser-Busch brings Belgian beer café concept to America

Global brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev has revealed its intentions to launch the Belgium bar concept to the US, with plans to open ten locations of ‘The Belgian Beer Cafe’ during the next few years. Belgium is home to lot of global beer brands produced in all different styles. Belgian-style beers are already popular in the […]

• ‘Halal Whisky’, Non-alcoholic Beverage Appalls Scottish Distillers

‘Halal Whisky’, Non-alcoholic Beverage Appalls Scottish Distillers

First of its kind alcohol-free ‘halal whisky’, is out on sale heralding the party season. ArKay, the world’s first alcohol-free whisky, will be sold worldwide from Dec 1, and is said to look and taste just like traditional whisky. It has been declared as Halal certified, which opens up the markets in Muslim countries and […]

• Heineken Q3 growth defies estimates

Heineken Q3 growth defies estimates

Dutch brewer Heineken has defied estimates by recording third quarter revenue growth as sales in western Europe unexpectedly remained relatively flat. Revenue at the world’s third-biggest brewer by volume grew 3% in the quarter, the Amsterdam-based company said today. Beer volumes slipped by just 1.7% in western Europe, where analysts were expecting a more significant […]

• Going to Turkey? Careful. Russian tourists killed by fake booze

Going to Turkey? Careful. Russian tourists killed by fake booze

Turkey’s Agriculture Ministry today announced that methanol-tainted alcoholic beverages linked to the death of three Russian tour guides had been imported from the occupied areas of Cyprus. According to an article on the announcement in Milliyet, a Turkish newspaper, a group of 180 Russian tour guides were taken on a mini-cruise in Bodrum, Turkey soon […]

• Muslims Advised Against Drinking halal Beer

Muslims Advised Against Drinking halal Beer

Muslims in the country have been advised against drinking a type of beer claimed to be “halal” (permissible) by the distributor company because the beverage contains alcohol content higher than permitted by Islamic law. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the company’s claim that the beer contained only 0.01 […]

• Alcoholic drinks market booming in Muslim Gulf

Alcoholic drinks market booming in Muslim Gulf

Targeting observant Muslims with non-alcoholic drinks is also a key strategy albeit a tougher sell for companies whose names are synonymous with beer or hard liquor. Heineken credits its mix of drinks – such as fruit-flavoured malt-based drinks popular among youth as a beer substitute – for its expansion into the Middle East and North […]

• Bordeaux Index urges caution over second growth wines

Bordeaux Index urges caution over second growth wines

Fine wine investors are being urged to exercise caution when buying “less prestigious second growth” wines, given the large volumes available and lack of growth in emerging markets, says Bordeaux Index. Gary Boom, the firm’s founder and managing director, said: “Though the market for the less prestigious second growths is almost as buoyant [as first], […]

• Nation that drinks the most alcohol revealed in WHO report

Nation that drinks the most alcohol revealed in WHO report

Canadians are known worldwide for our prowess in the production of alcohol, but we’re practically teetotalers compared to some nations. This is according to a new survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO). Leading the pack is the tiny Eastern European nation of Moldova, whose citizens over the age of 15 consumed an awe-inspiring […]

• Middle East Booze Sales Booming

Middle East Booze Sales Booming

From Saudi Arabia’s zero tolerance to Beirut’s buzzing nightlife, the Middle East poses challenges and opportunities for alcohol producers. And as the region realigns itself after the global financial crisis, the trends in drinks consumption also paint a picture of a region in flux. Dubai may still be the party capital of the Arabian Peninsula, […]

• Where did the word 'alcohol' come from? You'd be surprised!

Where did the word 'alcohol' come from? You'd be surprised!

When alcohol first entered the English language in the early seventeenth century denoted a kind of cosmetic, specifically an eye liner once used in the Middle East by people such as Cleopatra and Nefertiti. Francis Bacon, for example, refers to the substance in his 1626 work of natural history called Sylva Sylvarum: “The Turkes have […]

• Going to Dubai? Hit the new Diageo luxury liquor store for luxe duty free

Going to Dubai? Hit the new Diageo luxury liquor store for luxe duty free

The new concept was opened in partnership with Moët Hennessy, Dubai Duty Free, Le Méridien Group and Dubai Airports. Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME), Moët Hennessy, Dubai Duty Free (DDF), Le Méridien Group and Dubai Airports have created a new luxury spirits, fine wine and champagne concept store at Dubai International airport terminal […]