As part of Dubai International Hospitality Week (DIHW), an initiative endorsed by Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai World Trade Centre will launch GulfHost 2017, the region’s first dedicated hospitality and food services expo. Organised by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), which also owns and organises the world’s largest annual food trade show Gulfood, this new addition to the calendar will take new place from 18-20 September 2017 and is co-located with four other shows – The Speciality Food Festival, SEAFEX Middle East and Yummex Middle East as well as The Hotel Show, organised by DMG events, to enable the full spectrum of sourcing for one of the fastest growing hotel, F&B and tourism markets in the world.
One of the main areas of focus during GulfHost will be Innovation, with a dedicated section showcasing the latest technology related to commercial kitchen performance as well as the introduction of the GulfHost Innovation Awards, which will recognise the pioneers of new techniques, products and solutions within the hospitality industry.
Also taking place during GulfHost, in partnership with the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Dubai, is the Middle East Food Forum – a three day conference enabling professionals from all facets of the F&B industry to gain insight into the opportunities, challenges and innovations of their trade. Sessions will include franchising, business set-up, talent management and regional F&B regulations & policies, among others. A “Dragon’s Den” style competition will also take place during the forum, offering F&B entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their ideas to potential investors face to face.
More than 2,000 exhibitors will participate across DIHW, with GulfHost alone hosting 16 country pavilions including Italy, Spain, UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Lebanon, Australia, Netherlands and Egypt.
Key exhibitors at GulfHost include A. Ronai, Ali Group, Alto Sham, Cimbali, Falcon Kitchen, Henny Penny, La Marquise, Manitowoc, The Middleby Corporation and RAK Porcelain, among many others.
GulfHost is a trade only event.