Mariam Al-Aqeel

auspices of Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel, the 2019
Horeca Kuwait exhibition will be opened tomorrow at Kuwait International
Fairgrounds in Mishref with participation of companies specialized in
hospitality, catering and hotel equipment. The three-day event is organized by
the Leaders Group Company for Consulting and Development in collaboration with
the Hospitality Services Company.

In this regard,
Leaders Group stressed that Horeca is a unique event in Kuwait in terms of its
type and size. The organizing committee also noted that the opening ceremony
would be attended by heads of diplomatic, commercial and touristic missions
designated in Kuwait, public sector officials, heads of boards of directors,
experts and heads of chef unions in a number of European, Arab and Asian
countries, who would take part in the cooking competitions held at the
exhibition's sidelines.

The committee's
statement added that all booths and display spaces had been booked very early,
and explained that the opening ceremony would feature a speech by the minister,
followed by a speech by Leaders Group's General Manager Nabila Al-Anjeri, then
a tour for officials and guests around the exhibition to be briefed about
various items on display and the cooking competition activities. The organizing
committee also  announced that the
exhibition is sponsored by around 80 companies, adding that over 320
participants from Kuwait and other countries would take part in 21

Two symposiums   

Leaders Group announced that this year's activities include two main symposiums
featuring ten specialized speakers who will discuss the future of the sectors
on display. The first seminar takes place on the first day of the exhibition
from 5-6 pm under the title of 'The Rise of Homegrown Food and Beverages Trend
in Kuwait,' while the second seminar will be held on the second day at the same
time under the title of 'Healthy Food and Beverages Trend in Kuwait,' the
company said in a statement yesterday.

Speakers on the
first seminar include Amer Zeltoun, Managing Partner at Maki Group; Chef Faisal
AI-Nashmi, Director of Culinary Development at AI-Makan United Company and
co-owner 'Street AI-Makan', 'Table Otto', 'Pam+ cow' and 'Street Café'; Chef
Samaan HilaI, Managing Partner of Brainsteam (Lebanon); Jad Alameddine,
Director of Food and Beverage at Mohamed Naser AI-Hajery and Sons Company; and
Amr AI-Refal, Founder and CEO of 'Solo Co.' Nagi Morkos, Managing Partner of
Hodema Consulting Services, will moderate the seminar.

Speakers on the
second day include Dana AI-Salem, Managing Partner of Re-Store, Farm Manager
and Sadeer Farms; Amal Chahine, Managing Partner of Ovo; Dalal AI-Tawheed,
Co-Founder of Clean Eats;  and Rashid
Sultan, Founder and Managing Partner of Savor Ventures. Nada Alameddine,
Partner at Hodema Consulting Services, will moderate the seminar.

In the meantime,
Horeca Kuwait's executive manager and secretary general of the Hotel Owners
Union Mohammed Najia said that the exhibition has been gaining momentum on an
annual basis. He added that the new seminars started in 2018 and highly
appealed to hospitality companies and specialized visitors. Furthermore, Najia
noted that the three-day cooking competitions include 320 contesters in various
categories and that the jury panel includes heads of culinary unions and
academies from around the world.