Bringing brilliant ideas to light

Bringing brilliant ideas to light

Set-up in January 2004 by Dutch Nationals Claudia van der Werf and Michiel Schröeder, Desert River is a Dubai-based dynamic and innovative company, which has established a solid reputation in the region as a reliable, original and high-end trading firm for furniture, lighting and events rentals. It is the official distributor of well-known European furniture and lighting brands and supplies a wide range of high-quality products to the region’s leading hotels, restaurants and retailers across the Middle East.

The brand launched a new venture offering the region’s largest online platform for table lights. The e-commerce site, called, responds to the ever-changing needs of businesses in the region by offering the biggest selection of cordless table lights in the region ranging from economy Yallah! Lights, to high-end customized lamps by Imagilights.

Claudia van der Werf, director at Desert River explains: “The concept was born when F&B operators were looking for unique designs in quality table lamps and the newest candle replacement products that match the style of their venue and contribute to the overall ambiance. Responding to an increase in last-minute demands by hotels and restaurants, offers a simple and straightforward platform to find and order anything related to table lights delivered directly from our Dubai warehouse.”

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With plenty of choice for every budget, a 2-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee, the company has become the go-to platform for F&B operators. The site also offers a trade account option, where any small or large hospitality business can register online and enjoy even better pricing across the entire collection.

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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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