Abu Dhabi launches kosher food certificates as it chases more Jewish tourists
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has signed an agreement with the Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification to launch the Abu Dhabi Hotels Kosher Certification Project.
The deal officially certifies the emirate’s hotels for serving kosher meals and follows an instruction to F&B outlets at hotels to include kosher food options on their room service and restaurant menus after the UAE and Israel agreed to normalise relations at a ceremony at the White House in September.
The new agreement allows Abu Dhabi’s hotel industry to have access to free kosher certification services for one year and paves the way for Jewish tourists from various nationalities to visit the emirate following the UAE’s historic peace accord.
The certification demands all hotels and food and beverage outlets across the capital designate an area in their kitchens for kosher food preparation, as well as labelling kosher menu items with a clear, recognisable symbol that denotes ‘kosher’.
The UAE capital’s flagship Emirates Palace has already become Abu Dhabi’s first hotel to have a kosher certified kitchen to serve kosher food.
Kosher is a term used to describe food that complies with the dietary standards of traditional Jewish regulations.