UAE's biggest gastronomic extravaganza – the Dubai Food Festival is back in 2016

 From 25 February to 12 March 2016, Dubai will play host to the Dubai Food Festival, which will be held all over the city. The Dubai Food Festival is an annual citywide culinary celebration that showcases the United Arab Emirates as a prime destination for the best gastronomical delights in the world through a series of food-related consumer and trade events, activities, promotions and appearances by food celebrities.

 The aim behind organising the Dubai Food Festival is part of a broader strategy to develop a 12-month-long programme of citywide festivals that acts as a major contributor to the growth of the tourism and retail sectors in the Middle East regions. The Dubai Food Festival 2016 will be organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), which is an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

 Through the Dubai Food Festival, which is touted to be one of the biggest events in UAE, the organisers aspire to promote diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of Dubai’s culinary offering. Right from 5-star gourmet dining to the everyday restaurants and cafes which suits the needs of all budgets, and even international brands all the way to a burgeoning scene of home-grown concepts influenced by traditional Emirati cuisine and the flavours of the 200 nationalities that live in Dubai, all of which have put Dubai as one of the hottest destinations on the world for gastronomical delicacies.

 The Dubai Food Festival also plays host to numerous renowned international celebrity chefs, with each one of them bringing with them their singular expertise in a different cuisine, and also each chef participates in various activities, promotions and appearances throughout the duration of the Festival.

 One of the major highlights of last year’s festival was the popular Ripe Food & Craft Market. The event was a unique community market which offered organic fruit and vegetables from Ripe and provided a platform for small, local, talented artisans to showcase their businesses. Another one the major highlights from last year was the Dine on the Creek, also known as floating restaurants. Last year, there were unique custom menus specifically crafted for the festival by internationally celebrated chefs Yousef Khumayes and Sanjeev Kapoor.

The aim behind organising the Dubai Food Festival is part of a broader strategy to develop a 12-month-long programme of citywide festivals that acts as a major contributor to the growth of the tourism and retail sectors in the Middle East regions.