GRIF society

Running for five successful years, Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) is a three day annual restaurant investment event featuring an unmissable industry conference, mouth-watering culinary tours and some of the most valuable networking receptions offered at an industry event!

GRIF society

GRIF offers a valuable business opportunity to investors, owners, franchisers and other senior professionals from the global restaurant space to connect and discuss prospects of growth within the industry.

Here are some key insights presented on the 3rd September at the GRIF Dubai industry briefing.

A snapshot of global foodservice trends and industry performance
A snapshot of global foodservice trends and industry performance as tracked by the NPD Group across the world and lessons for the UAE.

Muhammad Ali Syed, Principal, Mingora Consult

Addressing a challenging market

What does the current F&B landscape look like in the UAE, what are the main difficulties and how can they be overcome?

Ronald Huiskamp Owner, H-Hospitality

Highlights of upcoming GRIF events:


Journey through the most delectable restaurants of Nairobi: Le Grenier à Pain KE, Nyama Mama KE, Java House Africa, Seven Seafood & Grill and Mercado – Mexican Kitchen and Bar… as you explore the city with hospitality decision makers. Learn, eat, drink and have a wonderful time!


  • Kiran Jethwa, Executive Head Chef & Co-Owner, Seven Seafood & Grill
  • Dil Patel, Director, JIT Group & Owner, Mercado
  • Jigar Patel, Director, JIT Group & Owner, Mercado
  • Lesiamon Sempele, Executive Chef, Nyama Mama Delta
  • Jayesh Shanghavi, Director, The Good Earth Group
  • Ninaa Shanghavi, Director, The Good Earth Group
  • Paul Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Java House Africa
  • Yan Welffens, Managing Director, Le Grenier a Pain Kenya


GRIF’s Riyadh conference takes place in the rapidly transforming epicenter of the Middle East. As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia revamps its socio-economic policies, it is opening doors to untapped opportunities for the world of restaurants and hospitality.

The conference will be co-located with SAUDI HORECA 2018, The Saudi International Food, Beverage & Hospitality Exhibition – the Kingdom’s largest annual hospitality expo.


  • Prince Alwaleed Bin Nassir, President, Saudi Arabia Restaurants Association and President, Restaurants Committee, Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  •  Jochen Pinsker, SVP Foodservice Europe, NPD Group
  •  Samer Al Kawashki, CEO, Qoot
  • Simon Wright, C.O.O, Qoot & MD, TGP
  • David Singleton, Area Vice President, Franchise Operations & Development, EMEA/South Asia, Hard Rock Cafe International
  •  Dan Clayton, Director, PPS Addison Hospitality
  •  James Hacon, Managing Director, THINK Hospitality

Other Events

SAHIC – South America Hotel Investment Conference Medellin, 24-25 September 2018
AHIF – Africa Hotel Investment Forum Nairobi, 2-4 October 2018 

GRIF – Global Restaurant Investment Forum Riyadh, 27-28 November 2018

AviaDev Europe Valencia, 3-5 December 2018

SHIC – Saudi Hotel Investment Conference Riyadh, 23 January 2019

GRIF – Global Restaurant Investment Forum Amsterdam, 25-27 February 2019
AHIC – Arabian Hotel Investment Conference UAE, April 2019
AviaDev Africa Africa, June 2019

SPACE – Efficient Buildings Investment

All information contained in this article are courtesy of GRIF and the respective speakers at the recent Global Restaurant Investment Forum Dubai Briefing. 


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