Duncan Fraser-Smith joins GLEE Hospitality Solutions as managing partner

Duncan Fraser-Smith joins GLEE Hospitality Solutions as managing partner

Hospitality expert Duncan Fraser-Smith has been appointed managing partner of GLEE Hospitality Solutions. Having launched hundreds of successful and high-profile hospitality venues throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, he brings over three decades of experience to the role. He also authored Create to Plate and is a regular keynote speaker, moderator and panelist at international hospitality trade and corporate conferences and events.

Fraser-Smith said: “Arriving back in the UAE after several years in Australia, my natural inclination was to jump back into the F&B consulting field. Having known Aboudi [Abdul Kader Saadi] for many years, when he first approached me about the idea of taking control of the business and steering it to the next level, it seemed like the perfect fit. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish at GLEE as we grow both the business and the team.”
Commenting on the appointment, the founder of GLEE Hospitality Solutions, Abdula Kader Saadi, said: “It’s great to have someone of Fraser’s background, caliber and reputation joining the GLEE team. With his approach to developing exceptional concepts and his history of execution I look forward to seeing what the business produces into the future.”
GLEE Hospitality Solutions, established in 2010 and headquartered in Dubai, has evolved over the years to become one of the leading restaurant consultancy and F&B management solutions company across the region.
In 2019, the company expanded its presence in the GCC opening a branch in Saudi Arabia. Having launched over 150 F&B concepts across markets such as UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman and with over 200 employees under management, they offer a comprehensive roster of A-Z restaurant management and operation solutions.

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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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