A comprehensive visitor programme will include conferences, competitions, cooking demonstrations and masterclasses, reports Liz Cooley
Taking place in Dubai, UAE, on 6-8 April 2020, GulfHost is back for its third instalment, with more than 3,000 brands showcasing products across six core sectors. An expected 25,000 visitors will attend the hospitality show for Africa, Asia and the Middle East at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Previously a part of culinary show Gulfood, GulfHost focuses on foodservice equipment, giving consultants and hospitality professionals the opportunity to network with manufacturers and suppliers, and see the latest range of foodservice solutions first-hand.
A provide a platform for industry pioneers
A comprehensive visitor programme will include conferences, competitions, cooking demonstrations and masterclasses.
“2020 is a year of opportunity for the hospitality sector in this region,” says Kabir Ahmed project manager at Dubai World Trade Centre. “GulfHost will provide a platform for industry pioneers to demonstrate how they are meeting increasing sector demand for greater efficiency, productivity and value, while paying greater attention to environmental awareness.”
The GulfHost Restaurant Development Conference will welcome more than 60 high-profile speakers to share their top tips on navigating the latest shifts in local and regional foodservice trends. Topics will include the rise of ghost kitchens, international expansion, sustainable working practices and digital food sharing habits.
Running alongside the new Café & Bar segment at GulfHost, the UAE National Barista Championship will see regional baristas compete to create the best in designer coffee and precision patterns. In addition, The GulfHost Innovation Awards will recognise those companies pursuing technological innovation in the foodservice industry.
Representing UK foodservice equipment suppliers, the UK’s Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA), which officially rebrands as the Foodservice Equipment Association (FEA) next month, will once again host the UK Pavilion (pictured) at GulfHost.
“GulfHost is primarily divided up by country pavilions. The FEA has a long history of organising the UK Pavilion and the UK has a strong tradition of providing high-quality products to the Middle East region,” explains Jocelyn Carr, events and membership manager for FEA.
“It’s a profitable market for UK suppliers, in terms of finding distributors and clients, and at this time we need a strong presence for the UK to show that we’re still standing strong outside of the EU. The companies participating in the UK Pavilion this year cover a wide range of solutions for consultants, from refrigeration to small wares and fabrication.”
Visitors and exhibitors can take advantage of a number of tools to make the most of their time at the show, including the GulfHost mobile app, complete with exhibitor list, show guide and speaker information, as well as the option to book meetings with key suppliers ahead of the show.
GulfHost 2020 is co-located with the Speciality Food Festival, bringing together chefs, restauranteurs, hoteliers and foodservice solutions providers from across the region. gulfhost.ae