Many of the 191 participating countries’ pavilions will serve traditional dishes and drinks from their own countries at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Expo 2020 Dubai will include award-winning international chefs and innovative dining concepts in more than 200 eateries, including some that will be exclusive to the Expo, that will cater to visitors of all ages and income levels.
There are more than 20 celebrity chefs, including David Myers, Matthew Kenney, and Mory Sacko, who work at restaurants that have received Michelin stars, which is the world’s most prestigious award for fine dining and culinary achievement. Expo 2020 will also see the debut of many internationally recognised eateries, many of which will be making their first appearance in Dubai.
“The best way to learn about a country is to experience its cuisine, and visitors to Expo 2020 will be able to do just that without ever leaving the United Arab Emirates…… At their pavilions, several of the 191 participating countries will also be serving traditional dishes and beverages from their home countries “Marjan Faraidooni, chief visitor experience officer at Expo 2020, shared his thoughts.
At Adrift Burger Bar, American ‘Gypsy Chef’ David Myers will combine typical American fast food with an international flair, while acclaimed Armenian-American chef Geoffrey Zakarian will open The National Bar & Dining Rooms, which will serve modern bistro cuisine from breakfast to supper. Both eateries are brand-new concepts that will make their debut at Expo 2020 Dubai in the coming months.
Matthew Kenney, a lifestyle guru, will dazzle diners with stunning renditions of American, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern flavours, while Mory Sacko, whose Mosuke restaurant was awarded a Michelin star after only two months in operation, will employ his skilled French techniques to create his signature African-Japanese fusion cuisine, which has become a culinary phenomenon.
Bringing his critically renowned restaurant Kutir from London’s Chelsea to Expo 2020 is chef Rohit Ghai, one of the culinary world’s most in-demand figures. Kutir, which translates as ‘a small hamlet’ in Sanskrit, gets its inspiration from the royal heritage of hunting trips in the forests and jungles of the Indian countryside and serves up a genuine yet experimental menu that pays homage to the royal legacy of hunting.
As part of the Expo, an innovative assortment of bespoke cuisine concepts will be introduced, including the Alkebulan African dining hall, which will be curated by a former opera singer turned restaurateur Alexander Smalls. Talabat, a cloud kitchen with a fleet of riders from the food delivery platform, delivery robots, and robotic baristas, will be on hand to serve guests. It will feature 11 chef-led concepts from across the African continent, as well as Taste of the Gulf, which will celebrate the region’s rich culinary heritage.
Al Farwania, an Indian gem; Dampa Seafood Grill, a Filipino hotspot; Lebanese institution Al Reef Bakery; and Hanon Feras Sweets, which is renowned for its traditional Middle Eastern dessert, kanafa. Other local favourites include Arabian Tea House, an Indian gem; Al Farwania, an Indian gem; Al Reef Bakery; and Al Reef Bakery.
In addition to Ravi Restaurant, a prominent Pakistani street food place, Maraheb Yemeni Restaurant, Chicken Tikka Inn, biryani specialists Al Farwania Restaurant, and Sarouja Restaurant & Café, a popular Syrian and Mediterranean spot, the six-month show will feature a variety of other restaurants.
Expo 2020 will take place from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, and will be one of the first worldwide mega-events to take place since the commencement of the Covid-19 epidemic.