Expo 2020 Dubai: vegan and farm-to-table restaurants launched at signature pavilions

Themed cafes and bars will celebrate Emirati hospitality

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Expo 2020 Dubai's themed pavilions - Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability - are set to house half a dozen of the world fair's 200-plus restaurants, cafes and bars.

The outlets have been designed to complement each theme and celebrate Emirati hospitality.

The three signature pavilions form the backbone of the world fair and are named after the event's overarching themes.

Visitors to Terra, the Sustainability Pavilion, will be able to dine in a number of restaurants specialising in plant-based foods, such as Floozie Cookie, serving up 100 per cent vegan biscuits, Veg’d and XYST by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, and Mudra, a rooftop bar with innovative cocktails and plant-based cuisine on the menu.

Meanwhile, in Mission Possible, the Opportunity Pavilion, the focus is on unlocking the potential within individuals and communities by creating a forum for people to share ideas.

Emirati coffee roastery Canvas by Coffee Culture will keep visitors caffeinated, while Stephan Bhoyroo and Abdulla Ibrahim Suhail's cafe designed as a co-working space will enable customers to meet, design and create. The location will also play host to a six-month culture programme.

In Alif, the Mobility Pavilion, where the focus is on connecting the customer with the farmer, Abu Dhabi-based chef Jessica Queitsch will launch Alif Cafe by farm2table.

This casual sit-down restaurant will also offer a grab-and-go service. Focusing on the heritage of coffee, rice, pasta and spices, chef Queitsch will demonstrate how key ingredients found along the silk route have influenced cuisine worldwide.

Eat around the world at Expo 2020 Dubai

More than 200 restaurants, cafes and kiosks are set to open at Expo 2020 Dubai on October 1, serving different cuisines designed to enhance the visitor experience and stave off hunger.

Organisers handpicked dozens of flagship brands from around the world to set up shop at the six-month fair, including an Italian restaurant out of New York called Scarpetta and a branch of the Thai street-food chain Long Chim by Australian chef David Thompson.

Fine-dining Indian restaurant Kutir from London will also open, plus an all-day bistro concept called The National by Armenian-American chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and Adrift Burger Bar by celebrity chef David Myers of Los Angeles.

Thousands of staff have been hired to work in hospitality on-site. Many have been hired from outside the emirates and flown in especially for the event, where salaries are said to be 15 to 25 per cent more than the average market rate.

Expo 2020 Dubai will open on October 1 and run for six months until March 31. Organisers hope to welcome 25 million visitors.

Updated: August 31, 2021, 10:09 AM