Connoisseur’s Guide To Eating Out in Dubai 2014

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Zomato launches ‘The Connoisseur’s Guide To Eating Out in Dubai 2014’ — a unique occasion-based guide that recommends restaurants based on your mood.

The Connoisseur’s Guide To Eating Out in Dubai, 2014
Zomato launched ‘The Connoisseur’s Guide To Eating Out in Dubai, 2014’ – a unique occasion-based guide that recommends restaurants based on your mood

Zomato, the world’s fastest-growing restaurant and nightlife guide, announced the launch of The Connoisseur’s Guide To Eating Out in Dubai, 2014 at their first international restaurant summit held at The Jumeira Emirates Towers, this Sunday, the 22nd of September in Dubai. The Guide was unveiled in the presence of over 400 seasoned restaurant owners, senior marketing professionals, and industry visionaries.

The Connoisseur’s Guide To Eating Out in Dubai is a unique occasion-based guide that recommends restaurants to a user based on his/her mood. Restaurants included in the guide are an unbiased selection as rated by seasoned foodies (Zomato users) in Dubai, who appreciate good food and great experiences above all else. The 2014 edition features reviews by top Connoisseurs and Super Foodies on Zomato.

Zomato’s print guide, The Connoisseur’s Guide To Eating Out 2014 was unveiled by Pankaj Chaddah (Co-Founder and COO, Zomato) who was joined on stage by Albinder Dhindsa (Head of International Expansion, Zomato), Rohin Thampi (CEO, Zomato UAE), Narain Jashanmal (General Manager, Books & Magazines Division, Jashanmal), Samantha Wood (Award-winning blogger and author of FooDiva), Chef Cyrille Troesch ‎(Food and Beverage Director and Executive Chef for Capital Club Dubai and Bahrain) and Sanjive Khosla (Senior Vice President Strategy and Head of Transition Management Office at Dubai Holding).

Pankaj Chaddah; “We want to be the brand that everyone looks up when they need to decide where to eat from – whether they are online or offline. We could see an opportunity in the print guide space to give recommendations to consumers based on the occasions/use case and are targeting this opportunity with the Connoisseur’s guide to eating out. We have a unique by the user and for the user concept going in the guide, hope people love it!”

Published by Hachette, these unique occasion-based guides feature restaurant recommendations by Zomato users, and are classified based on different needs as observed by Zomato. Ranging from Romantic Dinner, to Breakfast, from the best places to enjoy a Shisha, to restaurants serving Asian and Oriental food, the Guide offers the city’s best destinations for a range of key occasions.

Narain Jashanmal; “The people at Zomato are passionate, hungry, dedicated, and focused on food and have thus collated an unbiased assortment of restaurants handpicked by passionate foodies! We think this guide has great potential and are looking forward to seeing how the market responds to it.” — Narain Jashanmal, General Manager, Books & Magazines Division, Jashanmal

Here’s what the Twitterati community who attended the Zomato Summit had to say:

The Zomato Restaurant Summit — a gathering of seasoned restaurant owners, senior marketing professionals, venture capitalists and industry visionaries covered a range of topics related to the F&B industry.

George Abraham“Websites like Zomato are sharing the knowledge of the local market to the users” Dott. Marco Director of Marketing, Intercontinental Dubai Festival Centre
Sajith Ansar#ZomatoSummit a wonderful event. Left inspired by so many F&B entrepreneurs. The room was abuzz with ideas, trends and like minded people!
FooDiva SamanthaWood“Print is dying. I love digital marketing because it’s measureable,” – Lisbeth Beneski, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Sarah WaltonDo dining venues put enough thought into their discounts and deals before publishing? Are they getting the right clients?
Kedar Kulkarni“Understanding the objective is a key factor in giving discounts ”
FooDiva SamanthaWood
“If you are already busy don’t discount as you will displace the customer” – Marianna Rescia, owner of @naiskitchen
Sarah Walton
How many times have you bought a dining deal, and been disappointed with the offering?

GCC Food and Beverages Market

According to Alpen Capital, GCC’s strong GDP growth and increasing per capita income are expected to drive food consumption in the GCC countries. The region’s GDP is expected to reach USD 1.8 trillion in 2015.

Also, GCC’s rising income and rapidly expanding population are likely to continue to drive the per capita food consumption. The GCC population is forecast to reach 45.6 million by 2015, contributing to the growth in food consumption.

Another report by Rasmala Investments also reveals similar positive trend for the MENA region and GCC in particular.

“We believe consumer markets in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region have some of the brightest prospects globally. Their populations are young and growing rapidly, GDP per capita levels are high in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and offer strong growth prospects elsewhere, and governments within the GCC are focusing on boosting non-oil sectors, including tourism at the high end of the market”, the report says.

The food and beverage industry in the UAE has grown strongly, driven by the fast-growing young population, increasing per capita income and a rising number of tourist arrivals. With a return to economic growth, but slower population growth, continued robust demand is expected for consumer products in the UAE.

According to the EIU, the UAE consumer expenditures on F&B (including tobacco) totalled USD 14bn in 2010. The EIU expects consumer spending on food, beverages and tobacco to grow by an annual average rate of about 11 percent over 2011-15, reaching USD 23.6bn in 2015.

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