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.


Deliveroo raises $180 mln from investors, valued at $7 billion

Deliveroo raises $180 mln from investors, valued at $7 billion
Updated 17 January 2021

Deliveroo raises $180 mln from investors, valued at $7 billion

Deliveroo raises $180 mln from investors, valued at $7 billion
  • Deliveroo is set to hold an initial public offering in the coming months
  • The internet giant's stake is not expected to increase as a result of its participation in the latest round of fundraising

LONDON: British food-delivery company Deliveroo said on Sunday it had raised a further $180 million from existing investors, including minority shareholder Amazon, in a move that values the business at more than $7 billion.
Deliveroo is set to hold an initial public offering in the coming months, in what would be the biggest new share issue in London for three years.
"This investment will help us to continue to innovate, developing new tech tools to support restaurants, to provide riders with more work and to extend choice for customers," Deliveroo founder and chief executive Will Shu said.
Britain's competition regulator approved Amazon's May 2019 purchase of a 16% stake in Deliveroo in August, overruling objections from local competitors Just Eat Takeaway and Domino's Pizza.
The internet giant's stake is not expected to increase as a result of its participation in the latest round of fundraising, which was led by U.S. investors Durable Capital Partners and Fidelity Management & Research.
Deliveroo operates across 12 countries, mostly in western Europe but also in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. It did not state how much each investor had contributed in the latest funding round.
The company said it would spend the $180 million on expanding delivery-only kitchen sites, on-demand grocery deliveries and subscription services, as well as allowing more restaurants to take orders from via own websites.