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UAE: A Taste of the UAE (Part 1)

With its culinary scene being exposed to different societies and cultures for many years while remaining loyal to its traditional roots, the UAE with its warm, sincere and anticipatory service promises to take visitors into a truly opulent adventure of taste.

Behind every dish there is a story that takes you on a journey, and in the case of the UAE, the cuisine tells many.

The country offers a unique blend of Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines, reflecting its rich heritage, as well as its vast exposure to different civilisations.

“Food is without a doubt an intangible aspect of culture.

No travel venture is complete without a local culinary experience and this certainly could not be truer when it comes to travel within the Arab region,” confirmed, H.E. Faisal Al Nuaimi, general manager, Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD).

Nowdays, the UAE is evolving into an international food and beverage destination, thanks to forward-thinking operators looking to maximise their stake in a market expected to be worth a whopping AED82 billion (USD22.3 billion) by 2020, according to Euromonitor International.


“The culinary scene in the UAE, and Dubai in particular, is much like the city itself, extremely dynamic and evolving at a staggering rate”, noted Hicham Hankir, director, food and beverage, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Highlighting the broad range of culinary offerings within the emirate, Navsheen Kaul, marketing executive, Meliá Dubai, described that street food festivals, food trucks, fine-dining and American diner concepts are the latest gastronomical trends which are expected to grow.

He further added that the hotel caters to affluent travellers, considering their expectations for outstanding culinary experiences in order to quench their thirst.

“Here at Meliá Dubai we cater to not only a niche but a diversified clientele trying to embark them on a culinary journey with a special crafted menu by our chefs and personalised services [...]," clarified Kaul.

Located in one of Dubai’s most vibrant areas, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC offers a wide range of memorable dining experiences promising to delight even the most cultivated palates. With the opening of Café Belge in 2014, the hotel introduced a brand new concept in the city’s culinary scene.

Celebrating Belgium’s golden era, the restaurant emulates the grand style and elegance of the city in the 1920s, offering exclusively authentic Belgian food complemented by the finest beer, hand-chosen by beer sommeliers.

In April, the property expanded its portfolio of fine-dining restaurants with the launch of Le Cirque.

Commenting on the newest addition, Hankir stated, “Our team has worked relentlessly to develop new dishes and create a superb overall dining experience that is suited to the region.

With the opening of Le Cirque, we are delighted to give our guests something new which celebrates the idea of traditional hospitality.”