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Dubai, U.A.E., 1 June 2022: Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) has entered into a partnership with Coca-Cola Arena. As the exclusive F&B partner of Dubai’s home of live entertainment, EKFC will provide a full range of catering and hospitality services including menu development, food production, logistics, as well as service staff for all events and conferences.
Daniel Wells, Vice President - Commercial of EKFC said: “We are proud to have earned the trust of Coca-Cola Arena and look forward to delivering best-in-class services for their guests.
“Having already successfully managed popular local events such as Dubai Rugby 7s, Dubai Airshow and Jazzfest, we are currently looking to expand our events catering business to become Dubai’s go to caterer. We are perfecting our offering of local cuisine with a dedicated team of Emirati chefs to offer contemporary international menus suitable for any occasion. Coca-Cola Arena is an ideal platform to showcase what our talented team of chefs and hospitality professionals are capable of.
“We will ensure that our food and beverage offering is in line with the arena’s objectives and the amazing events that it hosts. Creating a flexible menu that can change to the varying demographics welcomed to the arena is a challenge we will excel in. We will provide an enjoyable and quality experience on every level.”
Mark Jan Kar, General Manager at Coca-Cola Arena said: “Delighted to announce our partnership with Emirates Flight Catering, part of the Emirates Group. We look forward to strengthening our catering services whilst learning and implementing best practices across both industries to continue elevating the food and beverage services at Coca-Cola Arena. The partnership will also provide us with ample opportunity as we look at how we can operate the venue 365 days a year, outside of normal event times.”
EKFC is a culinary innovator and producer of premium food. It owns and operates the largest food manufacturing facility in the GCC region, providing quality services to over 100 customers, including leading airlines and hotels, with a team of 8,000 highly-trained hospitality and culinary professionals.
In recent years the company has significantly enhanced its offering to further diversify its portfolio and expand its customer base. It established Foodcraft, a gourmet food store that provides fresh ingredients for home cooking, and co-invested in facilities to become the first registered and certified producer of kosher food (Kosher Arabia) in the UAE, and build the world’s largest vertical farm (Bustanica).
EKFC has also contributed to the success of Dubai Expo 2020 by ensuring world-class hospitality services at the Emirates, New Zealand and DP World pavilions and over 100 events, including concerts, conferences and high-level government meetings.
In addition, EKFC has invested in infrastructure and cutting-edge technologies to further enhance environmental efficiency. The company’s investments include a rooftop solar power system which has helped it cut carbon emissions from electrical consumption by 15%.
About Emirates Flight Catering
Emirates Flight Catering is one of the world’s largest catering operations. Offering airline, events and VIP catering as well as ancillary services including laundry, food production and airport lounge food & beverage, Emirates Flight Catering is a trusted partner of over 100 airline customers, hospitality groups and UAE government entities. Each day, the company’s 8,000 dedicated employees prepare an average of 200,000 meals and handle 210 tonnes of laundry.
About Coca-Cola Arena
Opened in June 2019, Coca-Cola Arena has revolutionised the live entertainment industry in the UAE and throughout the Middle East. Capable of hosting live shows 365 days a year, the fully air-conditioned, 17,000-capacity arena establishes Dubai as a major destination on the global events circuit. Coca-Cola Arena’s unique automated seating design means it can be adapted to international and local events of all sizes, from international touring artists, sporting tournaments, e-gaming, comedy and live theatre and musical performances, to conferences, gala dinners, AGMs and weddings. Located in the heart of City Walk, Dubai’s lifestyle destination, Coca-Cola Arena is a 15-minute drive from Dubai International Airport and a 5-minute walk from the closest Dubai Metro Station. The region’s largest multipurpose indoor arena, Coca-Cola Arena is an asset of Dubai Holding’s entertainment portfolio and is managed by ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company.
نبذة عن كوكا كولا أرينا
مع افتتاحها في عام 2019، تسهم صالة "كوكا كولا أرينا" بتغيير مفاهيم فعاليات الترفيه الحية في الإمارات العربية المتحدة وسائر أنحاء منطقة الشرق الأوسط، من خلال قدرتها على استضافة العروض الترفيهية على مدار السنة داخل قاعتها المكيفة بالكامل، والتي تتسع لـ 17 ألف شخص، مما يجعل من دبي وجهة رئيسية لاستضافة الفعاليات العالمية. ويتيح التصميم الآلي الفريد لمقاعد الجلوس في صالة "كوكا كولا أرينا" إمكانية التكيف لملاءمة الفعالية الدولية والمحلية بمختلف أنواعها وأحجامها، والتي تتنوع بين البطولات الرياضية والألعاب الإلكترونية، والعروض الكوميدية والمسرحية والموسيقية المباشرة، وحتى المؤتمرات وحفلات العشاء والاجتماعات السنوية للشركات وحفلات الزفاف.وتتميز صالة "كوكا كولا أرينا" بموقعها الفريد في قلب "سيتي ووك"، وجهة الحياة العصرية في دبي، على بعد 15 دقيقة بالسيارة من مطار دبي الدولي و5 دقائق سيراً على الأقدام إلى أقرب محطة مترو في دبي. تعد صالة "كوكا كولا أرينا" إحدى وجهات الترفيه المملوكة لدبي القابضة، وهي أكبر صالة داخلية في المنطقة، وتديرها شركة" إيه إس إم جلوبال" لإدارة المواقع الترفيهية.
From left to right: Daniel Wells, Vice President – Commercial, Emirates Flight Catering and Mark Jan Kar, General Manager, Coca-Cola Arena