Images of the blast at Beirut port last week quickly went around the world, with outpourings of support coming from communities not only here in the Middle East but all over the globe.
The F&B industry has been at the forefront of the relief efforts, with businesses leaping into action to raise funds for those in need. Here’s a few of those who are leading the efforts to help the Lebanese people.
Carrefour UAE: The UAE’s biggest grocery store chain is working alongside Emirates Red Crescent and Carrefour Lebanon to collect, donate, and distribute all-important contributions through a variety of channels including facilitating customer donations through its Share rewards app or by buying digital vouchers online. Customers can also donate boxes of essential items worth AED50 or AED100 at checkout counters in Carrefour stores across the country.
Gates Hospitality: Collaborating for a series of charity dinners, chef Rita Soueidan, Bethan Kehdy, Ruby Chaer, Mohammad Orfali, and Greg Malouf are set to bring together their creative forces as they Cook for Beirut and whip up a four-course dinner at Reform Social & Grill. The event on Tuesday, August 18 is already a sell out, but the same menu will run again at Publique the following day, with all proceeds donated to the Lebanese Red Cross.
GoFood: The recently launched home-grown delivery platform announced it would donate 100% of all sales made on its platform to the Emirates Red Crescent’s Lebanon initiative to help those affected by the crisis.
La Cantine Du Faubourg: Dubai’s Parisian restaurant is hosting a special one-off set menu dinner and drinks night on Monday, August 17 to raise funds. Priced at AED600 and inclusive of dinner and drinks, all proceeds will be donated to Emirates Red Crescent to help those in Lebanon.
Talabat: The region’s leading food delivery app revealed it would donate 100% of its profits between 12pm and 4pm on Wednesday, August 12 to help those in need as part of its #LunchforLebanon initiative.
Zaatar w Zeit UAE: All profits generated by the Lebanese fast food eatery in the UAE on August 15 will also be donated to Emirates Red Crescent. Louay Ghandour, managing director of Cravia Group said: ”We are calling all our loyal customers in the UAE to be part of this initiative to support all families affected by this tragedy, and encourage everyone in the community to contribute to raise funds to Lebanon.”