Chef Hugo Soulery brings Tastes of the World to the desert

Chef Hugo Soulery brings Tastes of the World to the desert

Newly appointed chef Hugo Soulery will be tasked with driving the development of sensational menus at Terra Solis Dubai, a unique desert getaway set to open in October 2022. Inspired by the Tastes of the World cuisine at the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival in Belgium, the destination’s menu is expected to feature a range of dishes from around the world, prepared with seasonal ingredients from farmers and producers. The culinary offering is accompanied by a wide selection of drinks and cocktails, as well as Tomorrowland music.


The French native has worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants, including Le Pre Catelan and Hôtel de Crillon, stalwarts of the French F&B scene, as well as Le Metropolitan in Toulouse and Ma Langue Sourit in Luxembourg. Since then, Soulery has embarked on a journey, enhancing his international experience and showcasing his skills at Dubai’s One & Only Royal Mirage. During his tenure, the chef worked at Celebrities by Mauro Colagreco, the Beach Bar and Grill and Drift Beach Club.

Nicolas Vandenabeele, founder of Terra Solis Dubai, said“Hugo has incredible experience garnered from working in some of the most luxurious restaurants in arguably the home of fine dining, Paris. This expertise and flair, combined with his drive to innovate and produce exciting menus full of flavor, aroma and color matches perfectly with the brand ethos of Terra Solis Dubai. Standing out from the crowd is exactly what we want to do, and, with Hugo’s culinary insight and experience, we are creating a dining destination in its own right in the Dubai desert.”

Soulery said: “Dubai is at the very epicenter of the culinary world right now, the Michelin Guide and the Gault & Millau awards recognizing the world-class offering available in the city. At Terra Solis Dubai, we are committed to delivering an F&B offering that is representative of the Tomorrowland brand, while always striving to deliver something new and unique to the culinary scene in Dubai.”

With Terra Solis Dubai due to officially open in October, Soulery will be responsible for overseeing the launch of a range of exciting dining and lounge venues, including MESA, slated to open December and set to be the star dining attraction at the desert destination.

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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