Contract Catering

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Industrial & In-Flight Catering

The institutional food catering industry in the UAE continues to grow at a fast pace built on the rapid expansion of schools, hospitals, large construction camps and major event such as World Expo 2020 and the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. As government construction and utilities projects continue to develop, there will be a requirement to cater for resources, including laundry, catering and housekeeping services.

When you add into the mix the seismic growth of the international and regional airline industry, and the increased demand for quality in-flight food, the future looks bright for this sector. Arpal Gulf supplies and services the two main broad sub-sectors of the industry – industrial catering and in-flight catering with some of the regions’ top names on our books.

Regarding the former, there are approximately 50 industrial catering companies operating in the UAE. It is estimated that over 2 million meals are prepared and served daily by these companies covering a broad spectrum of industries including off-shore and on-shore oil rigs, cafeterias, labour camps, naval contingents, freight and cruise liners as well as those listed previously.

Efficient and effective dish and glass washing is critical to many of our customers. Professional cleaning chemical suppliers play an important role in ensuring that the wash process results in hygienically clean and dry crockery, cutlery and glassware delivered in a prompt, reliable, efficient and professional way.

In terms of the in-flight catering sector, the GCC already accounts for a significant share of the global travel catering market estimated at $15 billion, with an annual growth rate of five per cent. The massive increase in the number of air travellers expected due to the huge expansion of airports and airline fleets in the Middle East region, especially the Arabian Gulf states, will boost sector growth rates into the foreseeable future.

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In 2012, Middle East airlines carried over 144 million passengers on their scheduled services with the UAE topping the regional list with 40.6 million passengers. By 2020, the Middle East is expected to handle 400 million passengers. Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi airports already have a combined annual capacity of 190 million passengers. The Middle East’s fleet of aircraft will treble in size by 2028 with a requirement for 2,340 aircraft. By 2020, it is expected that Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Etihad will have the capacity to carry nearly 200 million passengers: four times their current capacity.

This huge surge in passenger numbers will create significant growth opportunities in the region’s travel catering sector and has already resulted in catering facilities being transformed, expanded and upgraded across the region. For example, Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), the region’s largest caterer, providing in-flight catering for airlines flying into or out of Dubai International Airport, has already considerably enhanced the scope of its business, currently handling a throughput of 70 million plus passengers.

Arpal Gulf presently works with some of the biggest names in contract catering within the UAE, servicing hundreds of sites for clients working across many different sectors including hotels, manufacturing and petrochemical companies, banks, hospitals, universities and colleges, retailers and industrial services companies. The reach of contract catering extends across all sectors and Arpal Gulf is the leading hygiene provider in this field. 

Following extensive consultations with the Food Standards Agency (UK), we can now offer up-to-date, best practice advice covering the use of bactericidal chemical products and the correct procedures for the control of cross-contamination of food poisoning bacteria within commercial food premises.

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