28 June 2008

* Khan Murjan in Dubai (badly managed?)

The place: Measuring only 50,000 square feet Khan Murjan won’t be one of Dubai’s biggest shopping centres but does promise to be one of its most unique. Situated at Wafi City, and connected to the Wafi City Mall and Raffles Hotel, it will be home to over 200 retail outlets. Unlike most other malls in Dubai, they will be occupied by craftspeople and small businesses rather than major retail outlets.

Unfortunately Khan Murjan was not to expectations from the services point of view: bad chefs, bad management, bad service, extremely expensive for nothing. You don't get what you pay for!
One of the visitors, Salim, paid Dhs98 for a kabab plate! what he received after 2 hours is a plate with plane single pair of small kababs... no accompanying fries, salads, pickles, sauce, not even a single peice of tomato!

After three hours, the servant comes to say that no Shawarma is available!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ambiance is good of course because of the decoration and the arabic band, that it!

They force you to have launch at Dhs125/person, while there is no food!

Sitting in the middle of the cafe, you can see the three managers sitting on a couch doing their math and accounting audaciously! 
One of the servers told us "one hand cannot clap" ironically criticizing the management! They simply don't have enough staff and no qualified ones. Someone just stepped into someone's else business?


Editor said...

I absolutely agree as I waited for hour and half for a shisha and Moroccan tea.

Anonymous said...

Hey all,
Last week, we arrived at 06:45 night, the guy told us "you can stay till 08:00 only"!!!!! the place is a prank as the shisha never came... we then left immediately as we felt insulted and went just out opposite to Biella Cafe where the service is perfect, food is great, shisha is awesome, atmosphere is friendly too!


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