Following the recent official launch of VOGUE Café at The Dubai Mall, Condé Nast International Restaurants, under the aegis of Condé Nast International, announces its first licensed venue in the Middle East, with GQ Bar confirmed to open at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, in October 2013. Incase you’re wondering: GQ is actually a world renown men’s magazine published by Condé Nast International, publishing 120 magazines, 79 websites and 185 tablet and Smartphone apps, under such respected brands as Vogue, GQ, Glamour, Wired, Condé Nast Traveller, and Vanity Fair.
“It’s a very exciting time at Condé Nast International Restaurants,” said Stuart Nielsen, Director of the division. “In less than a month, we have opened our first restaurant in the Middle East, VOGUE Café at The Dubai Mall, for which we have received positive and encouraging feedback, and now after securing a magnificent location, we’re able to share details of our second venture in the region.”
Modern, stylish and tasteful, GQ Bar will come to life as a sleek bar and restaurant, housed in a vast 10,700 sq ft space. Set across two floors, GQ Bar will offer lunch and dinner, serving contemporary cuisine of the finest quality, with the menu created by Condé Nast International Restaurants’ Chef and Deputy Director, Gary Robinson.
“We are very excited to enter a partnership with GQ Bar, a world-recognized, powerful brand, that will make an excellent addition to our food and beverage portfolio,” said Rupprecht Queitsch, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai General Manager. “GQ Bar is a great fit with the JW brand; sophisticated, stylish and appealing to the assured traveler and discerning guest. I am sure GQ Bar will become another highlight in Dubai’s vibrant lounge bar scene and we are delighted to join them in this promising partnership.”
Along with local licensees, Inspired Brands, Condé Nast International Restaurants will offer a stylish environment for business and leisure to befit the GQ reader. Designed for the tech savvy customer, the GQ Bar will offer connectivity, TVs and a digital area.
“We are very proud to announce GQ Bar opening in the second half of this year within the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai,” remarked Seehal Shah, Co-Founder of Inspired Brands. “GQ Bar exemplifies the unparalleled quality of the brand in a sleek and stylish venue.
GQ magazine is all about class and sophistication and the bar will reflect this in an interactive environment of great music paired with fantastic food and drinks. Together with Condé Nast International, we at Inspired Brands are dedicated to building Condé Nast International Restaurants’ reputation for brand excellence within the region.”
GQ Bar Dubai will be the third international outlet for the brand after Moscow and Istanbul. Condé Nast International Restaurants also license VOGUE Café and TATLER Club in Moscow, and will soon launch VOGUE Club Bangkok and VOGUE Club in Singapore.
PS: Pictures in this article are of the GQ Bar Istanbul, Courtesy of Conde Nast International Ltd.