This November, Dubai will bring together five communities in one food ecosystem. The co-located shows will include GulfHost, Gulfood Manufacturing, ISM Middle East, Speciality Food Festival, and Private Label & Licensing Expo and will attract over 100,000 visitors from over 90 countries across three days.
Known as the home of hospitality in the region, GulfHost is the region’s premier platform for international hospitality equipment and foodservice manufacturers to meet, do business, and build relationships with the buoyant Middle East & North Africa buying community. High disposable income, rising tourist arrivals, increasing urban lifestyles, and evolving consumer preferences have been propelling the growth of the foodservice market in the region.
Keeping the growing opportunities in mind, GulfHost will provide the ideal platform for commercial kitchen contracts and negotiations by offering a wide range of pre-qualified hospitality equipment and foodservice products, a high visitor turnout, and international visitor profiles.
A platform for leaders
For the first time since its inception, GulfHost will host the Foodservice Excellence Summit that will offer a platform for industry leaders and associations to equip the hospitality and foodservice community in the region with the latest insights and skills in foodservice innovations.
Across the three-day summit, thought leaders from key ministries, associations, industry, tech, and academia, especially from fast-growing markets like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will be leading the dialogue on topics that revolve around the three pillars of the show – Build with Strategy, Shape with Talent and Sustain with Innovation.
The sessions will focus on the opportunities for the foodservice industry, strategies to navigate various economic, supply chain, talent, diversity, and sustainability challenges, innovative solutions from food tech start-ups to the role of Web 3.0 and leveraging NFTs in foodservice, recipes for raising the next top chef, adapting to changing consumer tastes and choices, latest trends in alternative foods impacting menu re-engineering, etc. to name a few.
Opportunities to network
As the esteemed Association Partner for the inaugural summit, the FCSI Advisory Panel will moderate an entire day of focused knowledge sessions. With a full day curated by FCSI, attendees can benefit from the enormous diversity in global foodservice insights that will be presented through live roundtable discussions, masterclass sessions, and networking opportunities with leading keynote speakers.
GulfHost will also feature various chef-driven activations like Top Table that will take experiential culinary to new heights across three days, with a star-studded line-up of award-winning and young chefs, food influencers, and journalists. Also featured will be the most innovative ovens and grills from around the world, providing a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience for attendees.
Members of the FCSI member community can expect the presence of influential decision makers from across hotel chains, independent hospitality groups, catering companies, and retail chains, giving them immense opportunities to network and cultivate new business opportunities across the region.
FCSI members and those interested in finding out more about FCSI membership are invited to visit the FCSI lounge on 10 November. Register via this link: https://bit.ly/3Sm9Muq
Gulfhost will take place 8 -10 November 2022, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. For more information visit: www.gulfhost.ae
Elonique Dalhuisen is the executive director of FCSI EAME.