It’s been a wild month in the UAE.
President Trump announced a peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel just a month ago. El Al brought an Israeli and American delegation to Abu Dhabi, where the red carpet was rolled out. Then a deal with Saudi Arabia was announced to allow Israeli airlines to use their airspace to fly anywhere in the world. Commercial flights between Israel and the UAE may happen as soon as next month.
And now comes word that Armani/Kaf kosher restaurant has opened in the 5 star Armani Hotel Dubai. The hotel is located in the incredible Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
Executive Chef Fabien Fayolle will feature a seasonally changing menu with a global gourmet take on kosher cuisine designed to reflect Dubai’s multicultural demographic. The menu will honor signature Armani dishes with flavors and preparations from Asia and Europe to the Middle East.
The glatt kosher and pas yisroel restaurant is under the rabbinical supervision of Chabad Rabbi Levi Duchman, Rabbi of the UAE. Rabbi Duchman operates the Emirates Kosher Supervising Agency, the only UAE based kosher certifier.
Hotel guests can order kosher room service and the restaurant will also deliver to other locations in the UAE.
The opening menu includes beef bourguignon, spaghetti bolognese, pan fried sea bass, and more.
Beef Bourguignon at the Burj:
The restaurant will be open from Sunday to Thursday from 6:30pm-11:30pm and will offer a takeout menu for Shabbos.
You can currently visit the UAE as long as you have a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 96 hours before departure. Children under 12 are exempt from the test requirement.
Read my trip notes for Dubai and Abu Dhabi here and start planning your trip!
With arms wide open for world Jewry and kosher options popping up in the UAE, will you visit the country?
HT: Zalman D.