Celebrating 20 years of hospitality on show

Here’s our pick of the topics featured and events taking place at this year’s Hotel Show Dubai show

Hotel Show opening
Hotel Show opening

The Hotel Show Dubai will be celebrating its 20th edition during the Middle East Design and Hospitality Week 2019 which will take place from 17th – 19th September at Dubai World Trade Centre. 

Expo 2020 Vision

The Hotel sector is expected to be in significant demand owing to Expo 2020 in Dubai and other global events that will be hosted in the region. The Hotels Market Report by Ventures Onsite indicates that 25 million visitors are likely to come to the UAE for Expo 2020 in preparation for which Dubai’s hotel room supply is expected to reach 132,000 in 2019, with the emirate aiming to complete 160,000 hotel rooms by October 2020. According to the GCC Hospitality Report from Alpen Capital, the GCC hospitality market is projected to reach US$ 32.5 billion in 2022.

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Nathan Waugh, portfolio director – dmg events Hospitality Division said, “The GCC’s hospitality sector is focussed on putting the best foot forward when tourists from around the World visit the UAE for the Expo event as well as other international attractions scheduled to take place in the GCC.

The Hotel Show, true to its legacy, will be a confluence point for the GCC’s hospitality sector to align on best practices and the way forward for the industry that is at the threshold of a fresh boom. And the best part of the Show this year is that it is co-located with six other events catering to sectors that complement the hotel industry.”

Hotel Show Floor

Make Way for KSA

According to the GCC Hospitality Report from Alpen Capital, GCC hospitality market is projected to reach US$ 32.5 billion in 2022. The report anticipates that the UAE will continue to lead the GCC’s luxury hospitality segment till 2022 with ‘73% of existing luxury hotel stock and 61% of the region’s pipeline located in the country.’

During this time period, the report also anticipates that KSA will witness the most significant increase in luxury hotel supply. Besides the Kingdom’s push towards growing into a leisure and entertainment hub in the region, “the cornerstone of KSA’s inbound tourism is the annual pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah which is forecast to increase to 30 million visitors collectively,” reveals Ventures Onsite.

Creative Cuisine

The second edition of The Chef’s Table competition will provide an ideal platform for chefs to display their skills and creativity. Hailing from 12 hotels across the UAE and their respective teams will star in the timed cooking competition where the ingredients are not revealed until the buzzer goes.

Uwe Micheel, president of the Emirates Culinary Guild, will lead the panel of chefs judging the competition. Speaking about his participation, he said: “Team eff ort will be integral to win this competition where the contending teams will be judged on hygiene, kitchen skills, creativity in putting the ingredients together, cooking skills, and of course taste.”

To recreate the experience that a diner has from the moment he or she steps into a restaurant, the participating teams are required to have one barman, two service members, and three members in the kitchen, with the addition of a steward.


Hotel Show Chef's Table chef Uwe

Shedding light on challenges faced by chefs in the Middle East Chef Uwe revealed that there is pressure to prioritise aesthetics over taste so that the food is social media-worthy. Another looming issue in the local and global industry is food wastage which can be resolved when each one of us are more responsible while consuming and serving food.

The chef strongly encourages consumers to be more mindful about the quantity ordered for a table or served on one’s plate so that it does not get wasted.  He also stressed that operators too have to consider more efficient ways to control food wastage if not for which a crisis in the near future is inevitable. “If this is left unattended, my grandchildren and the future generation may have to eat pills instead of food,” concluded a concerned Micheel.

Abdallah & Faizal

Rating Rooms

A select group of interior designers and fi t-out contractors will be competing in the event’s newest feature - The Hotel Room Design Challenge. Competing teams will have a designated space within the event to create their room set design, based upon the theme Dubai: A World of Possibility, A Lifetime of Stories. Visitors at the event will vote for their favourite design and the winning team will be awarded at the Middle East Hospitality Awards on 18th September at the Ritz Carlton DIFC.

The Hotels Market Report by Ventures Onsite predicts that the overall GCC interiors and fit-out spend in the hotel sector is expected to be worth AED 10.9 billion ($2.9 billion) in 2019, with the UAE and KSA emerging as high spenders in interior design and fi t-out sector in the GCC.

Dmg events portfolio director – Hospitality Division Nathan Waugh said: “Every year, at the Hotel Show, we look to improve and refresh our feature content, to ensure that the event remains fresh, relevant and inspirational for all our stakeholders. In particular, this year, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Hotel Show, we wanted to include a feature which allows designers the opportunity to express themselves, and challenge themselves to represent the past, present and future of Dubai through design.”

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