Emirates Flight Catering to serve New Zealand Expo pavilion
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates airline and Group, and Jeremy Clarke-Watson, New Zealand Ambassador to the UAE, at the signing ceremony. Saeed Mohammed and Clayton Kimpton sign the partnership agreement.
Emirates Flight Catering has announced that it has been selected to lead the hospitality operations for the New Zealand pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The New Zealand pavilion restaurant, part of New Zealand's expansive 2,000sqm Expo 2020 presence, will be central to the country's participation at Expo 2020. International visitors will experience premium New Zealand food and beverage products, prepared by Emirates Flight Catering's chefs.
Saeed Mohammed, chief executive officer, Emirates Flight Catering, said: "New Zealand is a high-profile destination and its innovative approach to hospitality will allow us to showcase our expertise in food, beverage and hospitality, and to provide a world-class experience to anyone who visits the pavilion. The opportunity to work alongside New Zealand and its visitors to Expo 2020, a milestone event for the United Arab Emirates, is something we're incredibly proud of."
Members of Emirates Flight Catering's experienced culinary team, made up of 1,800 chefs from 52 countries, will visit New Zealand early next year to source food and beverage products from experienced exporters for the pavilion restaurant.
Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand's commissioner general to Expo 2020, said: "New Zealand's manaakitanga or warm hospitality is part of what makes us special. We're excited to partner with Emirates Flight Catering to share our pavilion experience and New Zealand's food and beverage with the world at Expo 2020 Dubai."
The agreement with New Zealand at Expo 2020 is further evidence of Emirates Flight Catering's expertise and expansion outside of its core flight catering business. The company recently commenced construction of its vertical farming facility in Dubai - the world's largest vertical farm, with an investment value of $40 million. It's also expanding further into retail and consumer sectors, combining its culinary and production expertise to produce premium branded ice-cream and other food products. The United Arab Emirates has confirmed 190 countries will take part in Expo 2020 Dubai, to be held from October 2020 to April 2021.