Around the world in ten plates
What does the ‘food court of the future’ look like? A vibrantly designed space with theatrical elements, intelligent features, and a potent mix of local flavours and international brands, according to HMSHost and Dubai International (DXB).
That’s if the new 170sq m Food Village at the airport is anything to go by, which takes passengers around the world in ten plates.
Traditional Middle Eastern features help create a Sense of Place, while a sense of theatre is captured through live cooking elements and a mobile food cart. Intelligent lighting design helps to direct passenger flow.
As always though, the key is the quality and range of food and drinks. The food court in Terminal 3, Concourse C features high-profile chains KFC, American Chinese restaurant Panda and McDonalds. Local hero brand Qfta offers ready-to-go wraps, while Taste of India serves Indian street food. Flat breads, tarts and other sweets are available at Flour & Stone, while Pop-top offers home-made gelato and Italian coffee.
“Dubai Airports has enjoyed a successful partnership with HMSHost for a number of years, and our partnership has evolved as customer expectations and travel behaviour has developed,” says Dubai Airports EVP Commercial Eugene Barry.
“The addition of these 14 new food concepts supports our strategy to not only be the world’s busiest international airport, but also the world’s best for customer experience.”
Cutlery kings: Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths (left) and HMSHost International CEO Walter Seib at the Food Village opening ceremony in February
Visual treat: Dubai Airports EVP Commercial Eugene Barry (left) and Seib open a new chapter in DXB’s food & beverage story
KFC is among the high profile chains in the new Food Village
DXB and HMSHost have emphasised the range and quality of food offered
Local hero: Qfta offers ready-to-go wraps and brings a sense of taste of Dubai