UAE, December 16, 2014 – RAK Properties PJSC, one of the biggest property developers listed on the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange, welcomed the opening of ‘The Lounge’ by Manhattan, a new chic waterfront café –featuring the first ICONS Coffee Couture outlet in Ras Al Khaimah. The inauguration was made more memorable with an attempt to break the record for the world’s largest dessert party—serving a large menu offering of sweet delicacies to a record number of attendees.
The café opening was attended by several high-profile dignitaries, including H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qassimi, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone; Stefan Kopetz, German Celebrity Chef and Confectioner; Abdulrahman Al Neaimi, Chief Executive Officer of Manhattan Enterprises, Paul Ashton, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of RAK Properties, Mohammed Al Tair, Chief Operating Officer of RAK Properties and Elena Weber, former international model and founder of ICONS Coffee Couture.
Abdulrahman Al Neaimi, Chief Executive Officer of Manhattan said: “We are delighted to open our new branch in Mina Al Arab, a place that is enjoyed by a very strong coffee culture; we have differentiated ourselves by franchising ICONS Coffee Couture, which offers healthy products in chic surrounding.”
Elena Weber, founder of ICONS Coffee Couture, added: “Consumers are becoming more inquisitive about nutritional information and are looking for a balance of both healthy and indulgent product and this is one of our key values. ICONS strives to promote a healthy and joyful lifestyle amongst its clientele with sugar-free and naturally sweetened products for guilt-free joy”
Paul Ashton, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, RAK Properties, said: “The opening of The Lounge by Manhattan is a welcome addition to the ever expanding retail and F&B offering at The Lagoon Walk in Mina Al Arab, a thriving resort style development with lifestyle living at its core. This opening follows the recent opening of Gold’s Gym, and several new outlets are due to open along the promenade in the near future. The Lagoon Walk is really becoming a place to see and be seen in Ras Al Khaimah”.
During the attempt to set the new world record, invited participants were asked to taste and sample three different types of sugar free desserts. In addition, organic coffee and a buffet meal was also served to the attendees during the entertaining evening.
RAK Properties, a Public Joint Stock Company listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market, is a real estate development company established to implement the emirate’s plans to promote real estate, tourism and leisure facilities in RAK and invest in interesting projects. It is intended that its activities will encourage economic growth in the UAE in general and Ras Al Khaimah in particular. The company launched its first project, Julfar Towers – a 45-storied twin office and residential project at a cost of AED 500 million – in February 2006 followed by Mina Al Arab – spread over 43 million sq. feet at a cost of AED 10 Billion – in May 2006. It also launched RAK Tower in Abu Dhabi at Cityscape Dubai.