KARACHI / DUBAI: A good meal can unite people of all nationalities, cultures, ages and backgrounds. And Expo 2020 Dubai is set to bring millions of visitors together to discover global cuisines, innovative culinary experiences, future-shaping food tech, old classics, new favourites, street bites and gourmet delights across more than 200 food and beverage (F&B) outlets.
Expo 2020 will be a foodie’s paradise, with options to suit every palate and budget. There will be 50-plus cuisines to try across an area equal in size to seven football pitches, with almost 300,000 meals served per day – enough to feed every person in Barbados. Visitors can also book a culinary tour for a delicious, deep-dive experience spanning cultures and continents.
World-famous chefs will further stir up the excitement, while visitors will also gain a glimpse of the culinary experiences of tomorrow, with Expo looking to incorporate robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality into its F&B offering.
Darren Tse, Director – F&B, Programming at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “As a global celebration welcoming millions from around the world, it’s only fitting that Expo 2020 Dubai is a world-class dining destination featuring a wealth of flavours and innovative concepts from every corner of the planet. There will be something to suit everyone’s taste and budget, whether you are a foodie seeking a new gastronomic experience, an innovator keen to see how technology will change how you order food, or simply looking to feed your family without breaking the bank.”
Emirati hospitality will be on show, as will Dubai’s diverse and innovative F&B scene. Much-loved local restaurants and talented up-and-comers will be introduced to an international audience, while UAE-inspired cuisine and traditional dishes from the wider Arab world will be enjoyed in a food hall setting.
Visitors can also discover the creative merging of flavours and cuisines, such as Arabic tacos or Levantine fusion, epitomising the nation’s multicultural society. UAE-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will comprise 20 per cent of F&B outlets, bringing to life Expo 2020’s commitment to supporting SMEs.
A variety of healthy and affordable food, and options that meet various dietary requirements will also form part of Expo 2020’s world-class visitor experience, which is underpinned by quality, inclusivity and diversity. Crucially, Expo will ensure fair pricing structures for F&B, rather than charging premium event prices.