Firstly who’s FooDiva? A Greek-Cypriot-British diva and resident of Dubai for 17 years, ditched the corporate hospitality PR world five years ago to set up her own business – this impartial restaurant review website FooDiva launched in February 2011. Within nine months, it was voted second Best Blog in Dubai (beaten to the top spot by a beauty blog!), followed by Gold in the Expat Blog Awards UAE 2012 and 2013, the Expat Star Awards 2013, The ProChef ME’s Food Ambassador 2014 accolade, an Ahlan Hot 100 2015 and 2016 influencer, and most recently as Best Food Blogger in the BBC Good Food Awards 2015/ 2016. FooDiva has featured prolifically in local and international broadcast, print and online media including a guest segment on CNN Go’s Dubai travel programme and Dubai TV’s Out and About show.
FooDiva also curates consumer and tailored #DineAroundDubai experiences – more here. She is an expert columnist for ITP’s monthly Gourmet magazine, a freelance food/ travel writer (click here for her portfolio of feature articles), and an F&B and communications consultant/ trainer. For instance, she organises food influencer trips for clients to champion outbound culinary tourism. She is a regular speaker and panellist on her favourite subjects – food, restaurants, hotels, travel and social media – as well as an industry awards judge for many outfits, some of which she’s not at liberty to disclose!
But more importantly why FooDiva? New hotel and real estate developments are on the rise again, including a constant, weekly flurry of restaurant openings. The UAE has the highest number of food and beverage outlets, per capita, in the world. So with the country’s burgeoning dining scene fuelled by a primarily expat population and escalating visitor numbers, plus a real gap in the market for a website dedicated to impartial, intelligent restaurant reviews, FooDiva brings you her very own critique on where to dine and what to eat. Aside from FooDiva’s and her guest reviewers’ Dubai and Abu Dhabi restaurant reviews, you’ll find interviews with chefs, food and drink features, food events, culinary travel and competitions.
More here in FooDiva’s editorial policy. You can subscribe for free here to a weekly newsletter, download the app here, or just type what you’re looking for in the search function, and the relevant reviews will pop up.
If you’d like to get in touch directly or through social media, you can find FooDiva here. Would love to hear from you 🙂