Middle East Restaurant Association launched by GRIF

MERA aims to connect, promote, and support the region’s restaurant industry

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines and Naim Maadad are among the MERA board members
Jennifer Pettinger-Haines and Naim Maadad are among the MERA board members

The Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) has launched a non-profit organisation to help connect, promote, and support the region’s restaurant industry during these difficult times

The Middle East Restaurant Association (MERA) is aiming to frame the agenda for the industry and will provide help, advice, and information to business-owners and other members of F&B – from the top to the bottom.

It has been founded by a host of industry veterans including Duncan Fraser-Smith, vice president of F&B at The First Group, Naim Maadad, chief executive and founder of Gates Hospitality, Ramzy Abdul-Majeed, founder and managing director of Whissle Hospitality Group, and Jennifer Pettinger Haines, co-founder of GRIF and MD Middle East of Bench Events.

MERA is launching its first event, an online session via Zoom, on Wednesday, April 1 at 10am UAE time with founding board members being joined by a leading legal practitioner to answer questions around everything from rent, employment, VAT, licensing, and much more.

More specialised MERA sessions are to be set up in the future to give expert answers to other queries.

If you wish to join the ‘MERA powered by GRIF’ online Zoom session on Wednesday, 1st of April, please email jennifer@themera.org, with “I’m in” to receive your link to the session.

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