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THIS SECTION IS FOR NEWS AND INTERESTING STORIES RELATED TO FOOD, NUTRITION AND FOOD PROCESSING. THEY ARE NOT NECESSARILY RELATED TO KOSHER BUT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO THE KOSHER CONSUMER, MANUFACTURER OR MASHGIACH.

Armani Hotel Dubai To Host First Kosher Restaurant In UAE

September 18, 2020 from the Vos Iz Neias

"On the heels of the Abraham Accords signed in Washington between Israel. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates comes Armani/Kaf, the first kosher-certified dining destination in the UAW, which officially opened its doors on Sept. 17."

"The 40-seat pop-up dinner venue on the ground floor of the award-winning Burj Khalifa and Armani Hotel Dubai will specialize in kosher cuisine that complies with kashrut, Jewish dietary laws."

"It will be operated under the rabbinical supervision of Rabbi Levi Y. Duchman, rabbi of the UAE, who has certified the venue with glatt-kosher and pas Yisroel certifications from Emirates Kosher Supervising Agency, the only UAE-based kosher certifier."


Emirates opens its first kosher food facility in Dubai, and not just for in-flight catering

September 17, 2020 from the N Lifestyle

"Travellers flying with Emirates might soon be able to tuck into latkes and matza on flights as the airline's catering division is opening the first major food production facility in the UAE. "

"Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) is setting up the kosher food production facility at the company’s headquarters in Dubai. Called Kosher Arabia, the global catering company will begin producing meals from the facility in January 2021."

"Emirates already offers kosher options to travellers on flights, but these are currently sourced from overseas suppliers. With the creation of Kosher Arabia, the Dubai airline can upgrade its offerings and take control of meal quality for kosher dishes."

"And it’s not only Emirates flights that look set to boost kosher menus. Emirates Flight Catering provides catering services to more than 100 airlines, which will also be able to draw from the new division."

"As well as boosting in-fight kosher options, Emirates Flight Catering will also look to explore avenues for opening kosher restaurants across Dubai and the GCC said Saeed Mohammed, chief executive of EKFC."

"t will provide kosher catering for hotels and events across the Gulf region, including the upcoming Expo2020."

"The facility is set to be certified by the Kashrut Division of the Orthodox Union and is being developed in partnership with CCL holdings and the South African Union of Orthodox Synagogues. The culinary team at EKFC will handle all food production while CCL Holdings will provide certification, menu support and assistance in sourcing particular foodstuffs."

"As one of the largest catering operations in the world, Emirates Flight Catering last year prepared over 80 million meals."


UAE Government Asks OU Kosher To Certify Kosher Food Throughout The Emirates

September 8, 2020 from the Matzav.com

"In response to a request from the leadership of the United Arab Emirates, OU Kosher will now be the leading kosher certification agency within the Emirates and will do so in partnership with the local Jewish community."

"OU Kosher will oversee all kosher food in hotels throughout the Emirates as well as events such as Expo 2020 which has been postponed to October 2021-March 2022."

"The request comes following the success of OU Kosher facilitating the kosher food for the historic US and Israel delegation’s visit to Abu Dhabi last week."


Abu Dhabi instructs hotels to provide kosher meals following normalization

September 10, 2020 from the Jerusalem Post

"Hotels in Abu Dhabi, one of seven emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates, have been instructed to provide kosher food to their guests. The UAE expects a surge in Israeli and Jewish visitors following normalization of ties with Israel."

"Hotels have been “advised” to adopt the measure to cater to their guests’ needs, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism said Tuesday in a statement."

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