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Companies usually plan corporate events for many reasons some of which include celebrating a major milestone, hosting a business meeting, hosting a conference, appreciating company employees or just celebrating a major holiday.

Dubai is home to numerous businesses and many more are still coming up. Corporate events are therefore really important as they help to brand the company and organization in the eyes of investors, clients, business partners and employees present. It’s almost a no brainer that food and drinks will be served during such events for it to be considered a success. If you are charged with the responsibility of planning such an event you have to impress all who will be attending. Ideally you want to make a huge impression and not feel over-burdened. This can only happen if you outsource the catering to a professional events catering service provider.

When choosing a company for corporate catering in Dubai, businesses must consider several factors. Here are some points to consider when choosing a professional caterer:

The Budget: Hosting a corporate event is an enormous activity that has many dimensions to be catered for. Before settling for a specific caterer, you need to ask them to give you a price quotation. The good thing about requesting for a quote is you get to know beforehand if the services being offered will fit into your budget. It also gives you the unique opportunity to negotiate for a discount and get a better deal out of what you will be paying them. That having been said, a discounted fee should never affect the quality of the service being offered and this is something that you need to be sensitive to.

The Level of Expertise: There are no two ways about this. You have to choose the very best. There are many caterers who specialize in corporate catering in Dubai. Corporate events are a really big deal and can be a deal breaker if you are trying to get business. Professionalism is key at all times during such an event. It’s for this reason that you should only outsource this job to a catering service that can handle such a huge responsibility. Anything less than that and it could turn disastrous.

The Magnitude of the Event: You need to be clear in informing your prospective caterer about how big or small the event will be. This includes the number of guests who will be in attendance and what you want as part of the menu. They in turn should be able to tell you if they have all the infrastructure and equipment in place to deliver a flawless service. Corporate events should start and end without any interruptions and a great caterer will see to it that this happens.

The Taste Test: Before putting pen to paper to finalize  a prospective corporate events caterer, you should always request to a sit down to sample the menu they will be presenting on the event day. It’s only during such a sit down that you can carefully assess how the food tastes as well as observe the quality standards. It’s really hard to start making corrections on the menu on the day of an event. That’s when you are caught up in the thick of things and it could prove to be difficult to make any changes. Setting aside a day to sample the food is therefore a fantastic idea and could save you from small embarrassing situations come D-Day.

The Reputation: You want the best services so you cannot afford to take any chances by giving a rookie company the job. Some caterers will insist that they have the capabilities to deliver what you want only for things to do awry on the material day. If you do not want this to happen, you have to do a little bit of research on your own. Take some time to find out what previous customers and clients are saying about the caterer you want to give the job to. Learn from what they tell you and use that to determine whether or not they are suitable for you. It may take a lot of time to gather such information but it will be well worth it at the end of it all.

Yes, you may need a bit of luck to pull of a memorable corporate event but most of the success will come from detailed planning and choosing a good caterer.'


Sam is the Executive Director at BusinessBid; a successful technology and business services manager having held successful leadership positions with global organizations. Sam believes finding an experienced service provider shouldn't be a challenge but an easy process and seamless process. Sam loves traveling and is a poker shark.

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