Tuesday, 15 November 8:00am – 7:00pm

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Dubai Level
Presented By:
The Coca-Cola Company
IFFCO
NCR Corporation
Tuesday, 15 November 9:00am – 6:00pm

GRLC Special Events (pre-registration required)

Location: Departure from Hotel Lobby

 

You are invited to participate in one of the activities that GRLC is offering on Tuesday, November 15, 2022   

This year, we will be offering morning and afternoon options. 

During the registration process you will have the opportunity to select one event that you would like to join. 

Space is limited , you can use this link to register  https://cvent.me/gnM4n9?RefId=special+events+website

 

Event Options

 

Option 1:  Helicopter Tour ( Morning only)

Morning:  09:30 - 12:30

Taking a helicopter tour of the city of Dubai is a privilege that few get to enjoy. There are a selection of thoughtfully designed aerial tours created to ensure an unforgettable experience for all travelers and tourists to Dubai.

 

From the internationally renowned Burj Khalifa and world-famous Burj Al Arab to the spectacular The World Island and The Palm Jumeirah, these aerial tours ensure a unique unobstructed view of Dubai in well-appointed helicopters.

 

Option 2:  Desert Experience 

Morning:  08:30 - 12:30

Afternoon:  14:00 - 18:00 

 

No trip to Dubai is complete without experiencing the desert. You are picked up from your hotel in 4x4 SUV vehicles and not long after you leave the city behind and enter the desert landscape.

 

After a 45-minute drive we enter the desert where you stop to see a camel farm before our guide takes you on a round of adrenaline packed dune drives. Falconry has been part of culture for years and today you learn more about this fascinating animal and understand how the Emiratis used falconry as a source of food. Enjoy a camel ride before driving back to the city.

 

Option 3:  Discover Old Dubai

Morning:  08:30 - 13:00

Afternoon:  13:30 - 18:00

Take a cultural tour of old Dubai with a guide in a luxury vehicle where the tour begins with a stop at the Dubai Frame, a landmark that captures the everchanging landscape of Dubai. Photo stop at the Dubai Creek, the lifeblood of Dubai where you take a water taxi across the Creek and walk-through spice and gold market.

 

We end at the Sheikh Mohammed Center of Cultural Understanding where you will meet a local Emirati for an introduction to the local culture and have an opportunity to ask your host questions about life in the UAE. We treat you to a spread of traditional Emirati cuisine before thanking your host and departing.

 

Option 4:  Dubai Canal Dhow Cruise

Morning:  09:30 - 13:00

Afternoon:  14:30 - 18:00 

A dhow is a traditional wooden boat used in this region of hundreds of years to trade between Africa, Iran, India and as far as China. To this day they are used as trading boats and cruise to nearby ports in the Arabian Peninsula.

 

Our tour today takes you on one of these boats cursing past the modern landmarks like Festival city, Dubai Canal with its modern Highrise buildings and under the highway which was raised to accommodate the canal exit into the ocean making part of the city an island. A selection of beverages and Middle Eastern snacks are served during the cruise which lasts for 2 hours before returning to the pier.

 

Option 5:  Explore Modern Dubai

Morning:  08:30 - 13:00

Afternoon:  13:30 - 18:00

Take an immersive tour of the man-made landmarks of Dubai following breakfast. The tour will include driving through Dubai Marina, where you can take photos of the man-made marina, moving onto a drive on The Palm Jumeirah, again another man-made island in shape of a Palm Tree which is iconic to Dubai.

 

You can stop off at the Atlantis to visit the Lost Chambers or take the monorail back to the end of the Palm trunk where your driver will pick you up and head straight on Jumeriah road for a photo stop of the world’s only 7-star hotel, Burj Al Arab.

 

The driver will then head down on Sheikh Zayed Road where you can see all the luxury car retailers, malls and shops with a backdrop of Burj Khalifa in the distance, the tallest building in the world.

 

Option 6:  Yellow Boat Rides

Morning:  07:30 - 11:30 

Afternoon:  13:00 - 17:00

Dubai and its splendour unfolds before your eyes and its even more fun when your Captain puts his foot down!

 

This spectacular sightseeing tour takes you on a journey through the most exclusive waterfront developments in Dubai. From Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), to Atlantis and the Burj Al Arab you are guaranteed to feel in awe of Dubai’s enchanting islands, architecture and beauty.

 

Start your trip around the stunning vista of Dubai Marina and then enter the Gulf waters where you will see Ain Dubai located on Bluewaters to cruising around the Palm, and pause for that perfect photo opportunity at the Atlantis and the Burj Al Arab

 

Option 7:  Experience Skyview

Morning:  11:00 - 14:00

Afternoon:  11:30 - 14:30 

Located on floors 52 and 53 of the twin Address Sky View Hotel, this Observatory offers an unforgettable experience for residents and visitors alike. Take a thrilling ride in the panoramic glass elevator to more than 219.5 metres above the ground. Walk the 25-metre glass floor, and enjoy spectacular views of the city’s fabulous skyline and shining coast. More than just another observation deck, Sky Views Observatory is a thrilling, one-of-a-kind attraction that simply can’t be missed, and is the gateway to three adrenaline-pumping activities, each more extreme than the last.

 

Observatory: Get a new perspective – with spellbinding 360° views of the city from 219.5 meters above Downtown Dubai.

 

Slide: Let yourself go – experience a breathtaking slide from floor-to-floor, outside the tower and more than 219.5 meters up in the air.

 

Edge Walk: Dare to look down – brave a heart-stopping hands-free leap of faith 53 floors above the ground.

 

Tuesday, 15 November 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Opening Reception

Wednesday, 16 November 7:30am – 7:00pm

Registration & Information Desk

Location: Dubai Level
Presented By:
The Coca-Cola Company
IFFCO
NCR Corporation
Wednesday, 16 November 7:30am – 9:45am

Networking Breakfast

Location: Business Bay (Emirates Level)
Wednesday, 16 November 9:45am – 11:45am

General Session

Location: Dubai Ballroom
Be "Inspired"
Speakers:

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Inspire Brands

Editor-in-Chief
Restaurant Business

High Performance in the Fast Lane with Formula 1 Driver and CEO of McLaren Racing Zak Brown
Speakers:

Chief Executive Officer
McLaren Racing

Global Chief Customer & Commercial Officer | Moderator
The Coca-Cola Company

Global State of the Industry

Technomic will provide a current state of the global restaurant landscape including market forecasts and leading chain performance data. The session will explore what’s now and what’s next in global trends and changing consumer behavior and attitudes. 

Speakers:

Vice President, Business Development
Technomic

Senior Principal
Technomic

Wednesday, 16 November 11:45am – 12:00pm

Networking Break

Location: Dubai Ballroom Foyer
Wednesday, 16 November 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Innovation Forums (choose 1 of 5)

Option 1
Presented By:
OpenTable
Option 2
Presented By:
The Coca-Cola Company
Option 3
Presented By:
IFFCO
Option 4
Presented By:
Paytronix
Option 5
Presented By:
Posist
Wednesday, 16 November 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Networking Lunch

Wednesday, 16 November 1:15pm – 2:30pm

General Networking and Pre- scheduled Meetings

Location: Meetings Marketplace (Emirates Level)
Wednesday, 16 November 2:45pm – 3:30pm

Innovation Forums (choose 1 of 5)

Option 1
Option 2
Option 3
Presented By:
IFFCO
Option 4
Option 5
Wednesday, 16 November 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Networking Break

Location: Dubai Ballroom Foyer
Wednesday, 16 November 4:00pm – 6:00pm

General Session

Location: Dubai Ballroom
Iconic US Brands with a Big Global Presence

Hear from top international presidents giving the initiatives.

Speakers:

President and Managing Director, International
Inspire Brands

President, EMEA
Subway

President, International and Chief Development Officer
The Wendy's Company

Editor-in-Chief
Restaurant Business

The Digital Kitchen Has Arrived- Time to Get on Board!

The foodservice industry is in the midst of its biggest digital transformation. This requires innovation from every angle of the restaurant that must tie together to offer a complete solution. The presentation will explain how the restaurant industry can effectively digitize their restaurants in order to reduce cost, improve equipment uptime, increase food safety measures, decrease food waste and ensure the highest level of data security and integrity

Speakers:

Senior Vice President of New Product Development and Innovation
Welbilt

Good Fast Food- The Essentials of Healthy Sustainable Menus
Wednesday, 16 November 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Reception and Dinner hosted by IFFCO

Location: Pool Deck
Thursday, 17 November 8:00am – 5:00pm

Registration and Information Desk

Presented By:
The Coca-Cola Company
IFFCO
NCR Corporation
Thursday, 17 November 8:00am – 9:30am

Networking Breakfast

Location: Business Bay (Emirates Level)
Thursday, 17 November 9:30am – 10:45am

General Session

Location: Dubai Ballroom
The Keys to Seamless Global Franchising

Listen to a panel of franchise experts from around the world on the power and opportunities associated with franchising. Hear from Franchisor, and Franchisees, about the successes and unique benefits that are part of the franchise business model.

Speakers:

Assistant Vice President and Head International Franchising and Business Development
Jollibee Foods Corporation

President & CEO
International Franchise Association
202.662.0770

Q&A with Elaine Bowers Coventry, the Chief Customer and Commercial Officer of The Coca-Cola Company
Speakers:

Global Chief Customer & Commercial Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

Senior Retail Commerce Thought Leader | Moderator
Kantar

Thursday, 17 November 10:45am – 11:10am

Networking Break

Location: Dubai Ballroom
Thursday, 17 November 11:00am – 11:30am

Networking Break

Thursday, 17 November 11:15am – 12:45pm

General Session

Location: Dubai Ballroom
The Foundation of a Concept- A Spirited Discussion with CEO Founders of Revolutionary Restaurant Operations
Speakers:

CEO/Founder
Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux
225.330.4533

Founder and CEO
Dodo Brands

Executive Vice President, Conferences | Moderator
Winsight

SOS- Solutions to Navigate the Global Supply Chain!

Hear from operator global supply chain leaders and how they are staying afloat while working towards menu optimization and profitability.

Speakers:

Chief Supply Chain Officer
Blaze Pizza

Senior Principal | Moderator
Technomic

Thursday, 17 November 12:45pm – 2:45pm

Networking Lunch

Thursday, 17 November 1:00pm – 2:30pm

General Networking and Pre- scheduled Meetings

Thursday, 17 November 3:00pm – 5:00pm

General Session

Location: Dubai Ballroom
The Elephant in the Metaverse- Does Cryptocurrency Work for Foodservice and Restaurants?

A lively conversation with global operators who will share their opinions on NFTs, web 3.0, blockchain and the metaverse. How does it impact restaurants, and what is next in payment technology?

UAE Restaurant Market State of Affairs and Growth Potential

Over the years, the UAE culinary industry has observed a massive surge and is emerging as a top location for worldwide cuisines. In 2018, the UAE restaurant industry witnessed the largest sales in the fast-food sub sector at approximately $3.6 billion. By the end of 2022, UAE’s restaurant industry is expected to skyrocket to roughly $4.5 billion. Hear about opportunities and resources from regional experts to support globally renowned brands and emerging brands looking for growth within this market. UAE Restaurants Group is a group of industry professionals who come together as a not-for-profit entity under the patronage of Dubai Chamber of Commerce to work for the development of UAE’s food industry and make it a rapidly-growing gastronomical hub. The group envisions sustaining business growth and leading the industry by promoting the UAE’s food sector. The idea is to position the UAE as an innovative, creative, and exclusive food and beverage location globally.

Speakers:

President F&B
Azadea Group

Managing Director
Nando's

Vice President
Hospitality Asset Managers Association, MEA

Chief Executive Officer
Papa John's (UAE & KSA)

CEO & Founder | Moderator
Gates Hospitality