Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel in Abu Dhabi has been certified by Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification for being Kosher compliant.
This certification comes hot on the heels of the UAE-Israel peace treaty and the directive issued by the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi advising hotels in the Emirate to include kosher F&B options for incoming tourists and visitors.
Kosher certification guarantees that the food prepared by a hotel or restaurant is kosher (meaning fit or proper in Hebrew) for consumption by Jews who practice the religious dietary protocol.
Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification represents the only UAE-based kosher certifying agency and was founded by Levi Duchman, Rabbi of the UAE, who serves as the only resident rabbi in the country. Representatives from the Agency guided the Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel team through the certification process, providing consultation on the implementation of a designated kosher certified kitchen, selection of kosher certified food, procurement of relevant ingredients and a guide on kosher catering.
Enthusing on the good news was CEO, Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel, Shaikha Al Kaabi: “We want to emphasise that our eagerness to serve Kosher cuisine to guests who prefer it springs from our respect for cultural diversity. The UAE is a land of tolerance and pluralism and we want our cuisine to reflect the national ethos. We anticipate the demand for Kosher cuisine to grow substantially and are excited to meet the requirements of this special segment with the setting up of a dedicated Kosher kitchen to provide an authentic culinary experience. This also enables us to deliver highly personalised Kosher meals at scale anywhere in the UAE. We are grateful for the support provided by Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification and Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism.”
Also commenting on the development was founder, Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification, Rabbi Levi Duchman: “It is our honour to assist in this important initiative, which grew out of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for Abu Dhabi to be a shining example of hospitality for all people no matter their religious backgrounds. Creating the kosher kitchen goes beyond tolerance; it demonstrates hospitality and a true concern for the welfare and comfort of all visitors and residents. On behalf of the Jewish community in UAE, I am especially grateful for the help of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi, Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel staff, and to the entire team at Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification who made this dream a reality here in Abu Dhabi.”