Dubai hotel claims kosher food first

Habtoor Hospitality will introduce a kosher food and beverage service to its UAE kitchens. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 04 September 2020

Dubai hotel claims kosher food first

  • Habtoor Hospitality has partnered with Ellis Kosher Kitchen to introduce Kosher food and beverage services to its UAE kitchens
  • Hotels offering Kosher Catering will include Hilton Dubai, V Hotel, Habtoor Palace Dubai and others

LONDON: Dubai-based Al-Habtoor Group said it has become the first UAE hotel operator to offer kosher food to its guests.

It comes just days after the first flight between the UAE and Israel and warming relations between the two countries following the historic Aug. 13 agreement to establish diplomatic ties.

Habtoor Hospitality has partnered with Ellis Kosher Kitchen to introduce kosher food and beverage services to its UAE kitchens. Under the deal meals will be prepared in accordance with the OU Kosher Certification (Orthodox United), an established form of certification when it comes to handling kosher meals globally. 

Guests with kosher meal preferences will be able to select from an assortment of dishes packaged and sealed with an OU certified stamp.

Hotels offering kosher catering will include Hilton Dubai, V Hotel, Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotel and Resorts, Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, Metropolitan Hotel and Habtoor Polo Resort.

Earlier this week an El Al airliner completed the first official flight between Israel and the UAE after the Gulf state became only the third Arab country in the region to recognize Israel.

Ellis Kosher Kitchen was established by South Africa-born Elli Kriel, who moved to the UAE in 2013 with her family.

Kriel set up her business in 2019 during the inauguration of the Year of Tolerance, to offer kosher and Jewish foods in the UAE.

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Kosher food

Kosher food is prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary laws.


Saudi Arabia to host ‘virtual’ G20 meeting on oil markets

Updated 27 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to host ‘virtual’ G20 meeting on oil markets

  • Energy ministers will also discuss plans for ‘green’ economic recovery from ravages of coronavirus pandemic

DUBAI: Energy ministers from the G20 countries under the presidency of Saudi Arabia will meet virtually on Sunday to discuss volatile oil markets and plans for a “green” recovery from the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kingdom is strongly backing a “circular carbon economy” strategy to remove harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.

The two-day event is the second time this year that energy policymakers have come together, following the historic meeting last April that helped stabilize crude markets in meltdown.

Markets have since recovered and the price of benchmark Brent crude has more than doubled, but doubts about their resilience have resurfaced amid fears of a “second wave” of economic lockdowns.

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, the Saudi energy minister and chairman of the G20 event, has highlighted the need for tight discipline by members of the OPEC+ oil producers’ alliance to combat market “uncertainty.” 

“If we are serious about mitigating the impact of the shock and navigating through these extraordinary times, this is our only path,” he said.

The G20 said ministers would discuss ways to “strengthen collaboration toward market stability and security and discuss promoting and advancing sustainable energy systems through the Circular Carbon Economy platform,” and address “advancing universal access to energy and clean cooking for all.”

There is consensus on the need to mitigate harmful emissions, but some European countries and nongovernmental organizations are believed to be pressing for a stronger stance on fossil fuels.

The Saudi strategy, supported by the US and Russia, is for a more inclusive stance on hydrocarbon resources, while simultaneously promoting renewable sources such as solar and wind.