Firstly who’s FooDiva? A Greek-Cypriot-British diva and resident of Dubai for 16 years, ditched the corporate hospitality PR world four years ago to set up her own business – this impartial restaurant review website FooDiva launched in February 2011, which within nine months 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.
Furthermore, she is an expert columnist for ITP’s monthly Gourmet magazine, a freelance writer for The National newspaper and Esquire magazine, an F&B and communications consultant/ trainer. Click here for a portfolio of feature articles. 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 currently has 6,021 F&B outlets, with another staggering 19,000 expected to open by 2019. That’s a staggering amount for a population of just over two million, remembering that probably only about a quarter have the disposable income to eat out well. So with Dubai’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’ restaurant reviews which stretch to Abu Dhabi as well, you’ll find interviews with chefs, food features, foodie events, gourmet shop openings, 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. In addition, FooDiva has recently launched consumer and tailored Dubai dine around experiences – more here.
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