Dubai is now the world’s most gastronomic center

The city was named the No.1 world-wide destination, and also the fourth-highest-rated location for ‘Food Lovers according to the Travellers’ Pick Awards 2022. This demonstrates the richness of the food scene and the wide range of food options.

The Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) has released the official Dubai Gastronomy Industry Report, an exhaustive review of the city’s culinary scene. The report was launched at the very first gastronomy-related industry briefing held by DET at the W Dubai Mina Seyahi, and was attended by over 100 chefs, restaurateurs and others in the food and drink sector. They shared the highlights of the season in the ever-growing gastronomy market and to present industry details from the city’s debut report on gastronomy.

Dubai has a vibrant and diverse food and beverage industry that spans more than 13,000 cafes and restaurants. Dubai has be one of most sought-after culinary destinations, and its culinary scene has expanded and developed in tandem with the growth and expansion of the city. It is still a major factor in development for the tourism sector. Dubai has welcomed 7.12 million overnight tourists from around the world in the first quarter of 2022. Many thousands of Indians came to the emirates to satisfy their appetites.

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Speaking to Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Economy and Tourism, stated, ” India has always been one of Dubai’s biggest sources of income and the city’s proximity to India being an important attraction for Indian travelers looking to take an unplanned vacation. The market continues to attract the most visitors, with 1.08 million visitors between January and August 2022, which demonstrates Dubai’s unparalleled appeal to travelers on business, leisure and families from a range of Indian cities. Furthermore, the close relations among India and Dubai that is based on trust and cultural bonds have contributed to the steady stream of tourists visiting the city. As we intensify efforts to strengthen the global competitiveness of Dubai in order to make it the top most visited and frequented worldwide city, strategic initiatives, events and initiatives such as Dubai Presents stay More Pay Less, etc all play a role in helping us reach out to our partners in India and explore possibilities to enhance collaboration. In India we look for opportunities in every industry and, with our open skies policy the city’s airports and airlines are striving to further invest. Our objective is to continue the momentum of India’s tourism growth through seasonal marketing and campaigns that are specific to the segment as well as industry engagements and strategic partnerships with destinations.”

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) presented important findings from the recently released annual report on the industry at the conference, which showcased the various initiatives and activities in the field of gastronomy. The first ‘Dubai Gastronomy Industry Report’ reveals the city’s lively and exciting food scene is an eloquent mirror of the city as it is an extremely multicultural places in the world and home to more than 200 nations. This diversity, in conjunction with Dubai’s infrastructure and dynamic ecosystem , has fueled Dubai’s rise to become an international hub for food and drink.

The report draws on the results and feedback of various studies conducted by DET which includes its Global Brand Tracker, Dubai International Visitor Surveys as well as the local research survey along with thousands of independent reviews published on travel and food sites. A survey of residents to assess their opinions of Dubai as an international culinary destination revealed that more than 55% of those who responded rated Dubai as their No.1 international gastronomic hub, which was followed by London and New York. The study also revealed how 52% people who live in Dubai eat at least three times a week. Dubai also, in a remarkable way places second in areas such as top chefs, gourmet food and service in restaurants, beating out New York, London, Singapore and Istanbul. The report also states that 72.2 percent of foreign visitors were pleased with the quality of food they had at restaurants in Dubai in the places they dined at.

The report, to be published every year to chart the ever-changing aspects of Dubai’s thriving food scene. It will also provide an opportunity for information about the culinary industry in Dubai which will be made available to chefs, restaurateurs as well as potential collaborators and other stakeholders local and international, while offering an overview of initiatives designed to enhance Dubai’s status as a renowned food and beverage destination.

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