Jun 27, 2021

Kosher food menu for Al Habtoor Hotel in the UAE

Helen Adams
2 min
Kosher food in the UAE
Al Habtoor City, Hotel Collection expands on its introduction to kosher services by being the first hotels in UAE to offer a 24/7 in-room dining menu

Al Habtoor Hotels, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have modernised to welcome Jewish travellers to Dubai, who can now enjoy Kosher food from the hotels’ kosher-certified kitchen.

Kosher Kitchen has been certified by the Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification (EAKC) supervised by Rabbi Levi Duchman.


Kosher certified for world class events

The Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection will offer a room service menu, allowing guests for full-board Kosher catering - for family gatherings or special events.

Rabbi Levi Duchman is the UAE’s Rabbi and the Emirates Agency For Kosher Certification (EAKC) is the only licensed kosher certification agency based in the UAE, covering food manufacturing, catering and hospitality. 

Kosher cuisine is food which complies with the Jewish law, in relation to how the food was produced and prepared. A Kosher certification means that the food in question meets the strict dietary requirements for people of the Jewish faith. Although not all Jews choose to live strictly Kosher, for a hotel in the UAE to provide this option is a welcome invitation. 

In August 2020, Israel and the UAE agreed to establish full diplomatic relations. The UAE has become the third Arab nation to fully recognise Israel, in addition to Egypt and Jordan. Sadly, the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza has strained these relations. 


Promoting tolerance and coexistence through hotel food

The provision of Kosher food is a stepping stone as supportive links between the Jewish community and the UAE become stronger.

“As the market reopens and the ties between Israel and UAE continue to grow, we are proud to be industry pioneers introducing our very own Kosher Kitchen, following the great success of our previous efforts catering for the Jewish community,” says Fredrik Reinisch, Complex General Manager of Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection.

“We’re delighted to welcome the Habtoor Group into the EAKC family”, said Rabbi Levi Duchman, Founder of EAKC and Rabbi of the United Arab Emirates. “The UAE is rapidly becoming the leading destination for kosher tourists from around the world. The new kosher Kitchen at the Al Habtoor Group is inspired by the vision of the leadership of the UAE – who promotes tolerance and coexistence, by supporting the needs of all cultures and religions and is the home to over 200 nationalities. Marhaba!”

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Jul 9, 2021

Recruitment survey shows struggle to fill hospitality jobs

Helen Adams
3 min
Hospitality worker
A survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation shows that Brexit and the pandemic have caused a shortage in roles for hospitality and food jobs

Hospitality and food businesses are hiring and wages are rising, but employers are facing the biggest deterioration in the availability of candidates to fill new roles in the sector, for more than two decades.

A monthly report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said the reopening of the economy has led to an increase in hiring in the hospitality and food sectors but the high demand for workers is not being met.


A return to normal requires more workers

The steady return to more normal business operations has led to greater demand for staff . As businesses move back into their offices, or begin hybrid working between home and the workplace, there is a need to be filled for tea breaks, caffeine fixes and working lunches. The hospitality and food sectors and trying to fill the vacancies:

  • Permanent staff appointments expanded at the quickest rate since 1997
  • Temp billings growth hit the highest for nearly 23 years
  • Permanent appointments growth hit a series record 


At the same time, vacancy growth hit a new series record.  

The availability of workers declined at an unprecedented rate, driven by faster falls in the supply of both temporary and permanent staff.

As a result, rates of starting pay rose rapidly at the end of the second quarter.  


Improved business confidence leading recovery

The report is compiled by IHS Markit, from responses to questionnaires sent to a panel of around 400 UK recruitment and employment consultancies.

“Recruiters are working flat out to fill roles across our economy”, said Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC. “The jobs market is improving at the fastest pace we have ever seen, but it is still an unpredictable time. We can’t yet tell how much the ending of furlough and greater candidate confidence will help to meet this rising demand for staff. In some key shortage sectors like hospitality and food, more support is likely to be needed to avoid slowing the recovery. That means supporting transitions into growing sectors through unemployment support and new skills programmes, as well as making sure the new immigration system reacts to demand.”

“June’s data confirms that momentum in the jobs market continues to surge, with improved business confidence leading to record high recruitment activity”, said Claire Warnes, Partner and Head of Education, Skills and Productivity at KPMG UK. “As we move towards the final easing of pandemic restrictions, permanent role availability increased at the quickest rate since the survey began in 1997 and temporary roles rose to the greatest extent for 23-and-a-half years. But for the fourth month running we’re seeing a decline in the availability of candidates to fill all these new roles and the most severe deterioration for 24 years. We need action from businesses and government to reskill and upskill furloughed and prospective workers now more than ever, as the increasing skills gap in the workforce has the potential to slow the UK’s economic recovery.”

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