1. The argument about the effect The Entertainer has had on Dubai’s F&B scene has changed. It’s no longer about how massive the effect was (is), but whether it’s been in the best interests of the restaurants involved.
Many will point to the billions of dirhams worth of restaurant meals purchased using the famed 2-for-1 app, while others will point at dwindling margins and restaurateurs fighting to discount their venues in a bid to get people through the door.
Either way, no single person has had as big an effect on the industry as Donna Benton. And she’s not stopping there.
Having sold a majority share in The Entertainer for upwards of US$100m last year, Benton has now joined the board of Sunset Hospitality Group, where she will use her forensic knowledge of the Middle East’s F&B industry to help expand the group further.
Armed with more knowledge of consumer buying habits than probably anyone else in the region, she’s sure to bring a wealth of experience to Sunset’s stable of global brands.