According to the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT) Abu Dhabi Culinary Season, which was held from November 1 to December 15 2020, the participating restaurants made AED7.5 million.
850 venues participated in the 2020 edition, and its success has led to DCT extending the events all-year-round under the umbrella ‘Abu Dhabi Culinary’.
HE Ali Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “
Boasting our largest-ever eclectic hospitality programme, the 2021 Abu Dhabi Culinary calendar is an intriguing mix of unique, experiential and world-class dining offerings in incredible locations across the emirate.
As part of our efforts to ignite and unite the emirate’s culinary industry and enable our stakeholders to create value for the market, the holistic Abu Dhabi Culinary calendar will significantly aid the growth, reach and appeal of the emirate’s F&B sector.
By being part of a global conversation, Abu Dhabi Culinary will cultivate an environment that attracts more of the latest trends and talent while encouraging more innovations amongst domestic pioneers already delivering an elevated culinary experience in the emirate.”
The calendar now includes the Nomad Dining Supper Club, a collaboration between regional and international F&B talent and local venues, and the Food Forward initiative, which includes chefs and food brands in their own residences throughout Abu Dhabi. Towards the end of the year, there will also be a programme called Al Fresco Abu Dhabi, which will feature Abu Dhabi’s outdoor spaces.
At the time of writing, no dates were set for any new events occurring throughout the year.
Tourism chiefs argue the culinary program helps the emirate’s tourism industry.