UAE’s Dept. of Culture & Tourism sent letter as a mandate to all Abu Dabi Hotel Managers, Instructing them to procure KOSHER CERTIFICATION for their kitchens.
Certification of kosher food in the UAE will be carried out by the Orthodox Union, the world’s largest kosher certification agency, in partnership with the local groups.
Community leader Ross Kriel, who is president of the Jewish Council of the Emirates and runs Elli’s Kosher Kitchen in Dubai with his wife, Elli, said the mandate by the tourism board was “a wonderful expression of welcome” by Abu Dhabi.
“This will benefit Jewish visitors as well as local residents who follow a kosher diet,” he said.
“As a long-time kosher resident of the UAE, this moment is reflective of the many, many ways in which our lives in the UAE are being transformed in the days since the Abraham Accord.”
Ms Kriel said their company was already working with Orthodox Union to produce “high quality, ready produced kosher meals” to hotels and tour groups.
One is Dubai’s Habtoor Group, which is introducing kosher catering at its many hotels including Hilton Dubai, V Hotel and Habtoor Palace Dubai.
Not all Jews keep kosher, including David Zabinsky, who is Jewish and lives in Dubai.
But the gesture is appreciated by everyone in the community, he said.
“This type of policy naturally will also encourage diversity, and multiculturalism to have millions of people access this part of the world that has previously been inaccessible, or quite difficult to access, is fantastic,” he said.