Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, visits Gulfood at the Dubai World Trade Centre on February 16, 2020.


7 reasons to visit Gulfood in Dubai


DUBAI – Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, opened the 25th edition of Gulfood 2020 in Dubai on Sunday (February 16).

The five-day mega exhibition runs until February 20 at the Dubai World Trade Centre and attracts government ministers, trade delegations and national organisations like the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry.

This year, the Philippines will highlight the country’s premium food products along with Halal and other certified products. Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana and other Philippine officials led the opening of the Philippine pavilion.

Leading Italian fruit and vegetable suppliers will be exhibiting at Gulfood 2020, thanks to an initiative led by CSO Italy, the Italian fruit and vegetable cooperative, and the European Union.

This year’s Gulfood will also feature the participation of food and beverage companies operating in the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority. The authority will introduce investment opportunities in Sharjah and shed light on its mega project “Sharjah Food Park”, the region’s first and largest city dedicated to food and commercial industries.

Here are seven reasons you shouldn’t miss Gulfood:

Tastes of the World

In this creative multi-sensory culinary experience, the culinary world will come together with 23 Michelin Star Chefs and renowned celebrity food avant-gardists. Experience the stand-out cuisines and flavours of four continents and more than 20 countries during five days of demos tasting sessions and master classes.

Date: February 16 to 20
Location: Za’abeel Plaza

Startup Programme

Meet the future F&B disruptors and new food startups that are attracting a new type of young professionals hungry to build a better food system.

Date: Sunday, February 16
Location: Al Multaqua Hall

Gulfood International Culinary League

Get ready to experience a spectacular showdown of culinary talent at the 2nd Gulfood International Culinary League returns with a twist and fascinating theme: Craft dishes with the most sustainable ingredients and innovative food preparation methods.

Date: Wednesday, February 19
Location: Za’abeel Plaza

Chef tour

Journey through a selection of hand-picked exhibitors, sample new products and get your questions answered in real-time and network with fellow chefs and like-minded professionals.

Date: February 16 to 19
Location: Outside Hall 3, Concourse 1

The retreat

Take a breather, network or socialise at The Retreat and enjoy Gulfood’s first ever hydroponic UAE homegrown café.

Date: February 16 to 19
Location: Link between Za’abeel Hall 3 – 6


Taste Michelin star street food in an authentic experience, with surprise guest stars, live music acts and street artist performances.

Date: February 16 to 20
Location: The Pavillion – through Hall 6

Future Zone

An interactive gallery designed to showcase recently-launched products by Gulfood exhibitors

Date: February 16 to 19
Location: Link between Za’abeel Hall 1 – 4

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