Dubai hotel claims kosher food first

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

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.


Australia bounces out of recession as economy grows 3.3 percent

Updated 02 December 2020

Australia bounces out of recession as economy grows 3.3 percent

  • ‘Australia’s recession may be over, but Australia’s economic recovery is not’
  • Before this year, Australia had managed to avoid a recession for 28 years

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Australia’s economy grew by 3.3 percent in the third quarter, rebounding from its first recession in nearly three decades as it recovered from pandemic-related shocks, according to figures released Wednesday.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reporters the country still has a lot of ground to make up from the coronavirus downturn.

“Australia’s recession may be over, but Australia’s economic recovery is not,” he said.

Despite the latest quarterly rise, the economy contracted at a 3.8 percent annual pace. That’s after GDP fell by 0.3 percent in the first quarter and then by a record 7 percent in the second quarter.

“But the Australian economy has demonstrated its remarkable resilience and Australia is as well positioned as any other nation on Earth,” Frydenberg said. “Today’s national accounts represent a major step forward in Australia’s economic recovery.”

Before this year, Australia had managed to avoid a recession for 28 years. The economy grew even during the global financial crisis thanks to strong demand for Australia’s mineral exports and a robust domestic sector.

The better-than-expected figures were encouraging, economists said.

“The rebound in Q3 GDP reversed around 40 percent of the decline during the first half of the year and we expect output to return to pre-virus levels by mid-2021,” Ben Udy of Capital Economics said in a commentary.

Now on top of the pandemic, Australia is enduring a spate of rocky relations with China, its biggest trading partner.

Frydenberg said the situation with China is “very serious” but his government is focusing on striking deals with other countries in Asia and beyond.

“We have great produce, and we have great services, and we have great resource sectors, and I’m very optimistic about the opportunities for our exporters around the world,” he said.

Australia’s relationship with China worsened this week after a Chinese official tweeted a fake image of a grinning Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to a child’s throat.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the image “repugnant” and demanded an apology from the Chinese government. But China has not backed down.

The post took aim at alleged abuses by elite Australian soldiers during the conflict in Afghanistan.

Tensions have been growing this year since the Australian government called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the pandemic. China has imposed tariffs and other restrictions on a number of Australian exports.