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.