Register for the most compelling GRLC event yet
In its second year, the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference continues its quest to unify the restaurant industry and shape the future of international business. It’s sure to be the most exclusive, valuable, beneficial gathering you attend all year.
Surrounded by high-profile speakers, industry experts and your peers, you’ll gain access to the latest trends and how they are being implemented all around the world. Most important, you’ll establish relationships with key contacts and leave GRLC with having met the individuals who can help grow your business.
A new five-star destination in Dubai, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is a striking addition to an already spectacular city. As the world’s tallest hotel, it boasts over 1,600 guest rooms and suites spread out across two towers and 72 spectacular floors. Enjoy panoramic city views from the luxury accommodations, all of which are outfitted with spa-like marble bathrooms, 46-inch LCD TVs, and plush bedding. Catering to travelers of all tastes, the JW Marriott Marquis offers an array of diverse restaurants from which you can explore the flavors of Dubai and beyond. Elevated above the city’s business district on Sheikh Zayed Road, the hotel offers guests easy access to such notable attractions such as the world-renowned The Dubai Mall and the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa.
For booking and more hotel information, CLICK HERE.
Arabic is the official language, however, English is widely understood and spoken. The event’s printed materials will include both languages, plus other translation services can be provided.
The official currency used is the UAE dirham (Dh), and although tipping is not expected, it is a common practice to do so. Dubai operates on Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is GMT +4.
Dubai is tolerant and cosmopolitan, however, Islam is a way of life in the city. Therefore, tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity. Conservative dress is encouraged.
Normal three-pin 134 amp British-style plugs are used, operating on 220/240 volts. Although adapters are usually in hotels, you may want to purchase one before you arrive.
The line of the Tropic of Cancer crosses through the UAE, causing the weather in Dubai to be hot and sunny. Near coastal areas humidity can average between 50% and 60%.
Airports, docks, telecommunication equipment, government buildings, military and industrial installations should not be photographed. Please observe the “no photography” signs.
Go to the top of the world’s tallest building, ski down snowy mountains inside or skydive above a man-made island. GRLC encourages you to make the most of your trip to Dubai.
Dubai’s malls have evolved into miniature leisure and entertainment destinations, while the souks are an immersive experience of sights, sounds and smells.
The United Arab Emirates has a very strict, zero-tolerance anti-drugs policy and conducts thorough searches at its airports, using highly sensitive equipment. Click here for more.
For an overview on etiquette, click here.
Alcohol is widely available at bars, restaurants, hotels and leisure clubs. You cannot purchase alcohol from a supermarket. It is against the law to walk in the street drinking alcohol or to be intoxicated in a public place.
Friday is the holy day of rest. Weekends are Friday and Saturday.
“International growth is our most important initiative and our #1 value creator. We have experienced 20% year-on-year growth. In the past 3 years, 63% of our new restaurant development has occurred in international markets, and we look forward to being a part of GRLC.”Ned Lyerly
“FIVE GUYS is in early stages of our global expansion and the opportunity for our brand is turning out to be bigger and better than our most optimistic projections. We believe our affiliation with GRLC and the corresponding connections we make there will only increase the likelihood of turning FIVE GUYS into a true global force in the years to come.”Sam Chamberlain
Chief Operating Officer,
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
“Buffalo Wild Wings is aggressively expanding outside of the U.S. and it is our goal in the coming years to increase revenue by having more restaurants internationally.”Sally Smith
President & CEO,
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
“This conference will be a grand slam home run!”Gary Schwartz
Director of Supply Chain,
“Our industry’s opportunities and challenges are increasingly global in nature so a conference that takes a world view is both necessary and timely. Having participated at RLC as both a speaker and attendee, I’m looking forward to an equally dynamic assembly of great restaurant executives at the inaugural global event.”Nigel Travis
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Dunkin' Brands International
“The notion of a global conference for restaurant executives is timely, necessary and welcome, and I’m pleased to participate in the launch of GRLC. The caliber of leadership at this event is a testament to its value. For those companies actively pursuing international growth, GRLC is the place to connect, learn and do business.”Jack Cowin
CEO, Executive Chairman and Founder, Hungry Jack's,
Competitive Foods Australia
“GRLC will be a gathering of the most influential global leaders of the restaurant industry. A must-attend for anyone in international development or expansion!”John Inwright
Quality Supply Chain Co-Op, Inc. (Wendy's)
“DineEquity consists of two of America’s favorite brands which are the recognized leaders in their respective categories. We know that international expansion will play an even greater role in our future growth as we bring our iconic brands to new markets worldwide. With this thought in mind, I look forward to gathering with the best and brightest in the restaurant industry in Dubai.”Julia Stewart
DineEquity (IHOP and Applebee's)
“Given all the excitement, dynamism and growth potential of the worldwide restaurant industry, the timing of this very first Global Restaurant Leadership Conference couldn’t be better. Coca-Cola is honored to be part of this historic gathering, and I look forward to being in Dubai and comparing notes with some of the most innovative and passionate leaders in this business.”Muhtar Kent
Chairman & CEO,
The Coca-Cola Company
Registration & Hotel Assistance:
Senior Manager, Conference Operations
+1 480 337 3409
Director, Trade Relations, Foodservice
+1 480 337 3419
Director, Sponsor Relations
+1 480 337 3426