All GRIF Marketplace presentations and panels available to view

16 sessions including Food Sheikh’s one-on-one are on YouTube
GRIF Marketplace was a four-hour F&B event
GRIF Marketplace was a four-hour F&B event

With over 350 attendees joining across the four-hour session, the first virtual GRIF Marketplace has been hailed as a great success.

Over 30 industry leaders took part in a range of panels and discussions covering all the industry’s hot topics.


Hosted in association with the Middle East Restaurant Association (MERA), the event covered not just the local region but was a look at the situation affecting F&B worldwide with panels looking at the global perspective and also a focus on Europe.

Having just opened his latest Maine outlet in Dubai, restaurateur Joey Ghazal discussed pre-openings, pandemics, and people – the power of positivity in his panel.

One of the new delivery apps on the block, Munch from The Entertainer, launched at the show, with its managing director sitting down to discuss the new platform in detail.

Meanwhile one of the big boys, Talabat, was also on hand for a chat and to outline why they remain one of the biggest in the industry.

There were also discussion on what next for hotel F&B, how Saudi Arabia is recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, how we can limit food waste, and what restaurants need to do to communicate with their customers better.

Plus there was an exclusive as the anonymous Food Sheikh, who has just launched his own delivery kitchen featuring a host of Dubai’s top chefs, spoke with Jennifer Pettinger-Haines about the project.

All of the sessions are available on the Global Restaurant Investment Forum YouTube channel, which you can access here.

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