Global Restaurant Investment Forum

25-27 February 2019 – NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam

GRIF

25-27 February 2019 – Amsterdam

DUBAI BRIEFING

3 September 2018

At Weslodge Saloon & Hotel Cartagena

GRIF Society Dubai Agenda – 3rd September, Monday

15:30 - 16:00

Registration at Weslodge Saloon

16:00 - 16:15

Introduction & Welcome Remarks

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines – Managing Director Middle East , Bench Events; Co-Founder, GRIF

Ryan Hattingh – Partner, Atelier EPJ

16:15 - 16:30

A snapshot of global foodservice trends and industry performance

A snapshot of global foodservice trends and industry performance as tracked by the NPD Group across the world and lessons for the UAE.

Muhammad Ali Syed – Principal, Mingora Consult

16:30 - 16:50

Expo 2020 Update

What progress has been made and is there still scope to get involved?

Duncan Fraser-Smith – Director, Global Food and Beverage, The First Group

in conversation with:

Darren Tse – Director - Concessions - Commercial, Expo 2020

16:50 - 17:10

Addressing a challenging market

What does the current F&B landscape look like in the UAE, what are the main difficulties and how can they be overcome?

Ronald Huiskamp – Owner, H-Hospitality

17:10 - 17:40

How is the industry responding?

Dubai Restaurant Industry Think Tank Update:

Naim Maadad – Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

In conversation with:

Emma Banks – Managing Director, Jumeirah Restaurant Group

Ravi Chandran – Chief Executive Officer, Liwa Minor (Middle East and North Africa)

Kieran Mallon

Andrew Morrow – General Manager, F&B Development and Operations, Comida Investment in Commercial Enterprises LLC – Part of the Roya Group

17:40 - 18:00

Third Party Delivery

As the only growth segment of the market delivery, third delivery party is impossible to ignore. How is this changing the business model? What is happening in the third-party delivery space and how are ‘dark kitchens’ being received by the market? What opportunities does this open for the industry?

Duncan Fraser-Smith – Director, Global Food and Beverage, The First Group

In conversation with:

Adrian Azodi – Head of Business Development, Deliveroo

Networking Reception at Hotel Cartagena