18 - 20 September 2023

Hall Number 4, Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman
15th YEAR OF SUCCESSFULLY CONNECTING PROFESSIONALS IN FOOD AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRIES Show Timings: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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Food and Hospitality Oman returns from September 26–28, 2022, at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman.

The 15th edition of Food and Hospitality Oman (FHO) will be held from September 26–28, 2022, at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman. FHO is Oman’s biggest event for the food and hospitality industry that takes pride in being the most popular, networking and business-centric event platform for the food and beverage, agriculture and fisheries, food processing technologies, kitchen and catering equipment, hotel supplies and equipment, and restaurant and cafe segment industries. 

With over 250+ international companies participating from India, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, UAE, and United Kingdom, the event is set to bring together more than 5,000+ business professionals from across Oman and the Middle East region. 

The exhibition aims at enhancing the growth and development of the food and hospitality industry, which contribute largely to Oman's GDP. According to the GCC Food Industry, Oman is expected to witness the fastest growth in food consumption in the GCC region, with an annualised rate of 4.2 percent between 2020 and 2025. Higher investments by the Sultanate towards agricultural projects that aim to use smart techniques in addition to hydroponics, aquaponics, and advanced technologies in irrigation and fertilisation are helping the country in increasing domestic production to significant levels. Such measures are likely to boost demand for home-grown commodities in the future. 

Ashley Roberts, General Manager, CONNECT – the Organiser of FHO states, “We are confident that the business opportunities offered at FHO will foster positive meaningful engagement in the food and hospitality industries, and that will support economic growth. With FHO, we present the right platform to network and gain insights into the evolving food and hospitality sector in Oman.” 

Food and Hospitality Oman will feature over 250 exhibiting companies offering new products and innovations in featured areas on the show floor. The main focus is on food products, beverages, agriculture and fisheries, ingredients and seasoning, hotel equipment supplies and services, catering and kitchen equipment, packaging systems, resort and spa facilities, interior design services, hotel decor and style, hotel and hospitality technologies, food processing technologies. In addition, the latest spotlight is the Professional Chef Competition sponsored by National Hospitality Institute (NHI) and Oman Chef’s Guild, Bed Making Competition sponsored by National Hospitality Institute (NHI), Waiters' Race sponsored by the National Hospitality Institute (NHI), and Oman Barista Competition.

The co-located Workshop aims at assisting the broad range of food and beverage professionals in understanding the best practises and solutions for ensuring food safety and other areas related to food industry. The Workshop will attract experts from food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers, processors, producers, retailers, catering & restaurant services, packaging and processing technology providers, vendors and government representatives to discuss the latest policies regulations, innovative approaches and technological advancements for assurance of food safety and quality in the Sultanate.

To know more, visit www.foodandhospitalityoman.com

Oman’s leading food and hospitality event begins in Oman; over 150 local and international brands from 10 countries participate

The much-anticipated Food and Hospitality Oman (FHO) event began today at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hall Number 4. The three-day event, which will run until 28 September 2022, is one of the largest international trade exhibitions in the Sultanate and is running from 10 am to 7 pm every day. In addition, an exclusive workshop is also being held from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm on the same dates.

The exhibition was inaugurated earlier today by His Excellency Salim bin Mohammed al-Mahrouqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism, amidst several distinguished delegates from different ministries, industry experts, and senior executives from leading corporate companies. The event, which has registered the participation of more than 150 local and international companies from over 10 countries, has also garnered the attention of industry enthusiasts, professionals in different hospitality sectors, and food aficionados, and is expecting a footfall of over 5000 visitors over the course of three days.

Organised by CONNECT (Oman Exhibitions Organizing Company LLC), FHO is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Wealth and Water Resources and is hosted by the Oman Food Investment Holding Company (Nitaj). The main sponsors of the event include Nakheel Oman Development Company, Oman Flour Mills Co. SAOG, and Mazoon Dairy along with keen support from the Muscat Municipality and the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn). Acting as the Food and Technology Sponsor is Foodics, while the National Hospitality Institute (NHI) is participating as the Hospitality Partner and the Oman Tourism College is on board as the Registration Sponsor. Co-located at the exhibition is the FHO Workshop, which is accredited by CPD certification.

With Oman Vision 2040 exerting emphasis on boosting the food and hospitality segment, FHO was instituted with the purpose of creating an ecosystem for visitors, SME owners, and business professionals to network, engage and interact with each other, create lucrative linkages, and explore new inventions and innovations.

Commenting on the exhibition, Dr. Hussain bin Al Samh Al Masrouri, Director General of the Food Safety and Quality Center, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries Wealth and Water Resources said, “The food and hospitality industry is rapidly evolving, and it is quintessential for stakeholders to embrace this transformation. Building the capacity of the sector’s human resources, keeping pace with the latest technological and logistical developments, and being vigilant of emerging disruptive innovators are critical factors to achieving success in this journey. We appreciate the support of the private sector companies who have shown heightened enthusiasm in aligning with our vision to enhance food security, safety, and quality in the nation. While this is fundamental for human existence and goes a long way in promoting a healthy society, achieving food security also contributes to economic growth, acceleration in trade opportunities, and generation of job prospects locally. Through this exhibition, we will be able to network with leading international corporate companies, get better insights into global innovations, and further enhance local capabilities.” According to National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the number of guests in 3–5-star hotels increased to 903,000 in 2022. The revenues of the same category of hotels witnessed a significant increase of 117.6 percent until the end of July 2022, reaching OMR 95.332 million, compared to the same period in 2021. While this upward tick is a testament to the flourishing tourism sector in the Sultanate, it also indicates immense potential for the food and hospitality industry. In relation to the same, FHO will not only augment developments in this promising sector but will significantly contribute to the country’s diversification agenda.

Showcasing the latest in food and hospitality from different countries, FHO features dedicated pavilions that include Turkey, Pakistan, Poland, India, and Iran. Taking a holistic approach to adding value to the sector, it focuses on products and services related to food and beverages, coffee, hospitality, packaging, technology, and kitchen equipment.

A key highlight of the event is the FHO Workshop designed for stakeholders in the food ecosystem. In line with the central theme ‘Together for safe food’, it emphasises the importance of promoting quality in the food industry. Those participating in the workshop will also be honoured with a certificate.

With great attention being given to creating a memorable experience for everyone, FHO is also hosting a live F&B demo area with exciting events like Chef Competition, Waiter’s Race, and Oman Barista Competition with the first ever Oman Qahwa Championship 2022.

Apart from the partners and sponsors, the exhibition is seeing the active involvement of prominent local companies like Shah Nagardas and Mehul Enterprises. In addition, recognising SMEs as engines of growth, FHO extended subsidised participation fees, concessions, and other types of support to young entrepreneurs. It, therefore, has several home-grown SMEs showcasing their innovative products and services too.

The event is free to attend and open to all. For more information, visit
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Food and Hospitality Oman 2022 to be held at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre

Recognising the food and hospitality industry as a critical contributor to the national economy and in a continuous endeavour to develop the sector, the Sultanate is set to host a national-level event dedicated to the industry. Organised by CONNECT (Oman Exhibitions Organizing Company LLC), the Food and Hospitality Oman (FHO) exhibition is being held under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Wealth, and Water Resources and hosted by Nitaj, at Hall 4 of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, from 26 to 28 September 2022. The event will be inaugurated by His Excellency Salem bin Mohammed al-Mahrouqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism.

With over 100 local and international exhibitors and an anticipated footfall of over 5000 attendees, the event will run from 10 am to 7 pm every day. Meanwhile, an exclusive workshop will also be held on the same dates from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. 

The main sponsors of the event include Nakheel Oman Development Company, Oman Flour Mills Co. SAOG, and Mazoon Dairy along with keen support from the Muscat Municipality. Acting as the Food and Technology Sponsor is Foodics, while the National Hospitality Institute (NHI) will participate as the Hospitality Partner. Co-located at the exhibition will be the free-to-attend FHO Workshop, which is accredited by CPD certification.

Commenting on the event, Nasiba AlRashdi, Corporate Development and Sustainability Manager, Nitaj said, “The continued success of this highly anticipated industry event reflects the growing importance of the food and hospitality sector. It is also a celebration of Oman’s deep-rooted sense of hospitality and its intrinsic values that revolve around promoting a multicultural, inclusive, and vibrant society. FHO will not only provide an excellent networking platform for businesses in the sector but will also showcase innovations in the segment and the latest products and services. Meanwhile, the series of competitions will be a fine demonstration of the skills, competencies, and talents of various professionals in the field. We are confident that the event will provide an engaging experience for all.”    

She further stated, “Oman has been an ardent supporter of micro, small and medium enterprises, acknowledging them as engines of economic growth. Through its various endeavours, it has also provided the needed encouragement to aspiring professionals to make their mark in the industry. FHO is, therefore, in strong alignment with the nation’s strategic development plans and Oman Vision 2040.” 

With a strong emphasis on promoting quality, the central theme of FHO’s workshop will be ‘Together for safe food’. Featuring leading local and international speakers, it will provide invaluable insights to stakeholders in the food ecosystem, including manufacturers, packers, transporters, hotels, restaurants, retailers, food safety professionals, and food delivery partners and aggregators.

Promising to be an entertaining event for attendees, FHO will also host a series of competitions to honour industry experts. While the 8th edition of the Oman Barista Competition will showcase the talents of the Sultanate’s finest baristas, the Professional Chef Competition will demonstrate the culinary excellence achieved by leading chefs in the country, thereby also boosting the HORECA industry. In addition, Medina Ilyas and Al Roofoof Hotel Supplies & Trading will present the first Oman Qahwa Championship 2022 at the event. Participants will be judged based on their knowledge of Qahwa history, its preparation techniques, serving etiquette, and taste. An exclusive competition for the waiters, the Waiter’s Race will provide an exciting opportunity for visitors to witness a display of skill, speed, technique, and teamwork that waiters are trained to exhibit on the job daily.

Catering to the food and beverage, agriculture and fisheries, food processing technologies, kitchen and catering equipment, hotel supplies and equipment, and restaurant and cafe segments, FHO will provide infinite opportunities for exhibitors to create brand awareness for their products and services while giving attendees the chance to explore the latest developments in the market and gain useful insights. 

The event is free to attend and open to all. To register online, visit https://foodandhospitalityoman.com/VisitorRegistrationForm.aspx

The Food and Hospitality Oman is all set with its 15th edition from 26 to 28 September 2022 at Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman.

In three weeks’ time, the Food and Hospitality Oman (FHO) 2022 Exhibition will open its doors at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman. The 15th edition of the exhibition will be inaugurated by His Excellency Salem bin Mohammed al-Mahrouqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism.

FHO is organised by CONNECT, under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Wealth, and Water Resources, and hosted by Oman Food Investment Holding Company, along with main sponsors, Nakheel Oman Development Company, Oman Flour Mills Co. SAOG, and Mazoon Dairy. With support from Muscat Municipality, Madayn, Foodics as Food & Technology Sponsor, National Hospitality Institute (NHI) as Hospitality Partner and other leading trade bodies, the event will bring together the entire food and hospitality industry under one roof.

The food and hospitality industry plays a significant role in Oman's GDP growth and development. According to the GCC Food Industry Survey, Oman is expected to witness the fastest growth in food consumption in the GCC region, with an annualised rate of 4.2 percent between 2020 and 2025. Aligned with the Oman Vision 2040 of boosting the food and hospitality sector, the event provides an ideal platform for industry leaders and professionals to connect in-person and discover new business opportunities.

“The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries Wealth & Water Resources aims to strengthen the position of the Sultanate of Oman as the most competitive center in the region, and in contributing effectively to ensuring the promotion of food security regionally and globally according to international specifications and standards for food safety and food quality. Food and Hospitality Oman is held in line with government initiatives and Oman’s vision 2040.” commented an official from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries Wealth & Water Resources.

During three days of FHO, over 100 companies from 10+ countries will exhibit their latest products and solutions to 5,000+ F&B professionals from across Oman and the Middle East region. With over 500 brands on display, visitors will get an opportunity to compare and evaluate products prior to making the buying decision.

The platform offers vast opportunities to network and learn the about the latest technology and industry trends at the Food and Hospitality Oman Workshop. The free-to-attend, CPD-accredited workshop is themed "Together for safe food” featuring influential and informative sessions. Held alongside the 3-day exhibition, the FHO Workshop will cover live discussions on trends and opportunities in the business food logistics/supply chain, food packaging, food safety, food security, restaurant innovation, takeaway and delivery innovations.

In addition to the exhibition and workshop, visitors will also witness comprehensive live culinary competitions, watch Oman’s finest Barista and professional coffee makers compete in the Oman Barista Competition, and join world-class chefs live in the professional Chef’s competition.

The Host Organisation Nitaj (Oman Food Investment Holding Co. - OFIC) is the most trusted source of food security in Oman, through partnerships with government agencies, private operators, and investors. OFIC specializes in developing partnerships with food companies and other stakeholders to identify project opportunities and building strong business cases for investors, providing guidance to management on new projects in the early stages, with minimal operational involvement in the long-term, and creating a holding company to manage the government's investment in the food industry.

The main sponsors, Nakheel Oman Development Company, Oman Flour Mills Co., and Mazoon Dairy specialise in a range of products and services catering to the food needs in the Sultanate. Nakheel Oman Development Company is recognised as one of the world’s largest producers of date palm products and by-products in Oman. Oman Flour Mills Co. SAOG, is the largest flour milling company in the Sultanate of Oman. Their expertise and dedication is towards providing customers with wheat flour and related products. Mazoon Dairy is a pioneer in manufacturing dairy products in Oman.

Entry to the exhibition and workshop is free of charge. To know more about the event and register online, visit www.foodandhospitalityoman.com

Held during the same dates in adjacent Hall number 5 at Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, the free-to-attend Oman Health Exhibition and Conference (OHEC) will attract the healthcare and medical industry from Oman and across the world. The Oman Health Conference will cover pressing topics related to establishing a sound healthcare system in lines with Oman Health Vision 2050. To know more, visit www.omanhealthexpo.com