Abu Dhabi culinary season set to serve up mouth-watering experiences across the Emirate

UAE capital's premier food festival to host 50 Best Restaurant's inaugural MENA's 50 Best event

Abu Dhabi culinary season set to serve up mouth-watering experiences across the Emirate
  • Season to propel emirate’s gastronomical excellence via diverse array of innovative food concepts

Abu Dhabi, UAE : The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the mouth-watering Abu Dhabi Culinary Season, the emirate’s annual six-week celebration of innovative food experiences, will return to the UAE capital from 18 October until 9 December.

Reinforcing Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading global culinary destination, Abu Dhabi Culinary Season’s third edition will also be enhanced this year following the recent announcement that the city will serve as host to the inaugural celebration of MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants.

With the new Season fast approaching, Abu Dhabi Culinary, DCT Abu Dhabi’s dedicated industry enabler platform, is continuing its mission to establish the emirate as a leading international culinary destination via remarkable, unique and diverse programming for culinary-themed events.

The ‘appetiser’ for Abu Dhabi Culinary Season 2021 - following an incredibly successful debut last year – will be the innovative Food Forward series, which will return and encompass four days of experiential supper clubs and exclusive dining experiences from 19 to 23 October. With a third Food Forward series programme also expected to roll-out later in the Season, leading international gourmands and culinary masterminds including Anthony Demetre and Chef Faisal Naser are confirmed to be bringing their international flair and kitchen prowess to Abu Dhabi’s fast-maturing epicurean scene, guaranteeing diners across the city an unforgettable experience at the iconic Emirates Palace.

Anchoring this year’s Season, the hugely popular Chef’s Table series is also returning, bigger than ever, to continue enriching and nurturing the emirate’s homegrown culinary ecosystem. The series will see 20 of the city’s best restaurants serve up exclusive multi-course menus, entertainment, masterclasses, collaborations with Emirati chefs and more from 25 October – 27 November. Restaurants participating include LPM, Coya, Villa Toscana, Hakkasan, Buddha Bar and Beirut Sur Mer.

Abu Dhabi Culinary Season will also celebrate the emirate’s gastronomic diversity with the launch of much-loved concepts including Paradiso, Bushra, Akiba Dori and more at the new Yas Bay development on Yas Island, the city’s entertainment and leisure capital.

Elsewhere, collaborations with homegrown and distinguished culinary talents will highlight the expanding haute cuisine landscape across the emirate, while an exclusive partnership with Gaggenau will pay homage to Emirati craftsmen and weave connections between heritage, luxury and culinary skills at ‘The Craftmanship Dinner’ at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Other headline events during Abu Dhabi Culinary Season include a circus-themed afternoon tea at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers between 1 November and 30 January, as well as numerous exciting culinary promotions taking place across the city.

“Following two years of evolution and growth, this year’s Abu Dhabi Culinary Season promises to cement Abu Dhabi’s standing as a must-visit destination for global 'Gastronomads', thereby supporting local establishments by generating footfall and revenue, and contributing to the emirate’s overall success in the tourism sector,” added HE Al Shaiba.

For further information about Abu Dhabi Culinary and their initiatives, visit https://abudhabiculinary.ae/ or follow AbuDhabiCulinary on Instagram.


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About Abu Dhabi Culinary

Abu Dhabi Culinary was conceived by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) to shine the spotlight on Abu Dhabi as a global dining destination home to a geographically-expansive and culturally-unique culinary landscape.

The department highlights the globetrotting array of world-class culinary talent championing Abu Dhabi’s eclectic F&B portfolio throughout events like Chef’s Table, Food Forward and Nomad Dining, amongst others. With a diverse bill of signature dining experiences and interactive diners lined up for the 2021 programme with stringent safety measures deployed across the emirate.

As part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s mission to continue evolving the emirate’s hospitality ecosystem, Abu Dhabi Culinary has built and continues to develop a year-round F&B programme to increase the destination’s appeal to domestic residents and visitors. Mirroring the emirate’s wider convergence of traditional Arabian influences and cosmopolitan modernity, Abu Dhabi Culinary spans a programme of signature food-inspired seasons, food-themed campaigns, and smaller community-based events, delivering inspirational F&B moments across the emirate’s annual events calendar to optimise momentum for the recurring annual six-week festival, Abu Dhabi Culinary Season, which will return in Q4 of 2021.

About Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT - Abu Dhabi)

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors, fuels economic progress and helps achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define the Emirate’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the Emirate’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the Emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought.


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