First ever Dubai Food Festival to enhance Emirate’s Tourism Vision

First ever Dubai Food Festival to enhance Emirate’s Tourism Vision

Dubai’s first ever food festival, which kicks off on Friday (February 21st 2014) and runs for 23 days, is designed to put the Emirate at the forefront of international food destinations.


  • Dubai Food Festival makes its debut on Friday 21st February 
  • The 23-day-long event is a key part of the Emirate’s bid to attract 20 million visitors a year by 2020
  • It is hoped the event will showcase Dubai as a leading gastronomy destination

Designed to showcase the emirate as a “leading gastronomy destination”, Dubai Food Festival makes its debut on Friday (February 21st 2014).

It is hoped the city-wide celebration of food-related events will help Dubai achieve its Tourism Vision for 2020 – which involves the city doubling its annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2013 to 20 million in 2020.

The festival spans 23 days, starting on February 21st and ending on March 15th, and offers food-related events, entertainment and attractions to both residents and visitors.

Inspired by both Arabic traditions and those of the 200 nationalities who live in Dubai, the culinary scene in the Emirate is incredibly diverse, with offerings ranging from Michelin-starred chefs to Emirati dishes and street food.

Her Excellency Laila Mohammed Suhail, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, said that the festival’s “diversified and colorful events calendar will surely put the emirate at the forefront of international food destinations”.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director-General at the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), commented:

“The quality and range of our culinary offering is something that will increasingly be used as a tourism driver. The launch of Dubai Food Festival is an indication of DTCM’s commitment to continually enhance Dubai’s destination offer, a key element of our Tourism Vision for 2020.”     

It is hoped the three-week long festival will reinforce Dubai’s culinary credentials both in the Emirate and abroad.

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