Victoria Crick is the organiser of Taste of Dubai.
Victoria Crick is the organiser of Taste of Dubai.

Dish after dish of food and fun

It is a festival of five-star fine-dining restaurants that reflects the cuisines the UAE has to offer. We've got 23 top restaurants from throughout the country, with the best of Dubai's food industry. Eight or 10 different varieties of food will be represented, from Chinese and Thai to Japanese and modern European.

We have eight new restaurants in addition to the 14 we had last year, all of which have rebooked for this year. We have 30 more participants in the marketplace area. We've also got our Spinneys cookery school, which has eight individual cooking stations so that up to 24 people can be taught. We've got the Blu Water Lounge, which will be serving free mocktails, and we've got the Momotaro sashimi lounge.

It's like a creche area that children can go to for up to two hours and have a play at being a chef. They can decorate cookies and get ideas of how to eat healthily.

We have Gary Rhodes, who is our ambassador. He will be there all four days. On Wednesday and Thursday we've got James Martin, and on Friday and Saturday we've got Giorgio Locatelli, who has the Ronda Locatelli restaurant at Atlantis. Vineet Bhatia will also be here.

We've got Matt Pickop, the executive chef at Gordon Ramsay's Verre restaurant, and Paul Lupton from Rhodes Mezzanine. Chris Lester and Kelly Jackson from Rivington Grill will appear at the Spinneys cookery school and the chef's theatre. We've got Narumol Poolkan from Benjarong. And Yiannis Baxevanis from Elia will do a session for children at the cookery school. He has a facility in his restaurant where he tries to encourage young children to have a go at cooking.

We've got gadgets. People from electrical companies like Kenwood are there. Weber from the Dubai Garden Centre will be there to present different types of barbecues. We'll have Dean & DeLuca, Panini from the Grand Hyatt and Mark Wilkinson Furniture as well as individual companies like Sprinklez Cup Cakez, Sugar Daddy's and Scrumptious.

Oh, there are 65 of them!

It's there again. It's just an amazing show, and the dishes are phenomenal. When you consider the volume of people that come through any one session, to be able to deliver dish after dish of the same high quality to 1,000 or 1,500 people, it's an amazing feat. We've got kangaroo steak from Legends, and that'll be interesting to see how they keep churning them out one after the other.

The specs

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cyl

Power: 153hp at 6,000rpm

Torque: 200Nm at 4,000rpm

Transmission: 6-speed auto

Price: Dh99,000

On sale: now

Tips for job-seekers
  • Do not submit your application through the Easy Apply button on LinkedIn. Employers receive between 600 and 800 replies for each job advert on the platform. If you are the right fit for a job, connect to a relevant person in the company on LinkedIn and send them a direct message.
  • Make sure you are an exact fit for the job advertised. If you are an HR manager with five years’ experience in retail and the job requires a similar candidate with five years’ experience in consumer, you should apply. But if you have no experience in HR, do not apply for the job.

David Mackenzie, founder of recruitment agency Mackenzie Jones Middle East

Company Profile

Company name: Namara
Started: June 2022
Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices

Pad Man

Dir: R Balki

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte

Three-and-a-half stars

Company profile

Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices


Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)


Born in Dubai in 1994
Her father is a retired Emirati police officer and her mother is originally from Kuwait
She Graduated from the American University of Sharjah in 2015 and is currently working on her Masters in Communication from the University of Sharjah.
Her favourite film is Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro

RoboCop: Rogue City

Developer: Teyon
Publisher: Nacon
Console: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC
Rating: 3/5

If you go

The flights
There are various ways of getting to the southern Serengeti in Tanzania from the UAE. The exact route and airstrip depends on your overall trip itinerary and which camp you’re staying at. 
Flydubai flies direct from Dubai to Kilimanjaro International Airport from Dh1,350 return, including taxes; this can be followed by a short flight from Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti with Coastal Aviation from about US$700 (Dh2,500) return, including taxes. Kenya Airways, Emirates and Etihad offer flights via Nairobi or Dar es Salaam.   


Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5


Director: Lee Isaac Chung

Starring: Glenn Powell, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Anthony Ramos

Rating: 2.5/5


Company name: Clinicy
Started: 2017
Founders: Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman, Abdullah bin Sulaiman Alobaid and Saud bin Sulaiman Alobaid
Based: Riyadh
Number of staff: 25
Sector: HealthTech
Total funding raised: More than $10 million
Investors: Middle East Venture Partners, Gate Capital, Kafou Group and Fadeed Investment



Tohir Zhuraev (TJK) beat Mostafa Radi (PAL)

(Unanimous points decision)

Catchweight 75kg

Anas Siraj Mounir (MAR) beat Leandro Martins (BRA)

(Second round knockout)

Flyweight (female)

Manon Fiorot (FRA) beat Corinne Laframboise (CAN)

(RSC in third round)


Bogdan Kirilenko (UZB) beat Ahmed Al Darmaki



Izzedine Al Derabani (JOR) beat Rey Nacionales (PHI)

(Unanimous points)


Yousef Al Housani (UAE) beat Mohamed Fargan (IND)

(TKO first round)

Catchweight 69kg

Jung Han-gook (KOR) beat Max Lima (BRA)

(First round submission by foot-lock)

Catchweight 71kg

Usman Nurmogamedov (RUS) beat Jerry Kvarnstrom (FIN)

(TKO round 1).

Featherweight title (5 rounds)

Lee Do-gyeom (KOR) v Alexandru Chitoran (ROU)

(TKO round 1).

Lightweight title (5 rounds)

Bruno Machado (BRA) beat Mike Santiago (USA)

(RSC round 2).

Wael Kfoury

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8