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Not all social gatherings and events in Dubai are of a huge and grand scale. There are many of us who often love a social gathering and restrict it to a smaller group of family friends. Regardless of the scale of the event we still are expected to put up a decent and impressive show when it comes to the food which is on offer whether it is celebrating a personal achievement, success at work or casually celebrating a holiday.

Often for smaller events people assign smaller budgets and want to ensure that the guests are still impressed by the food which is served so you may want to choose a catering service who understands your requirement yet provides value for money. There are many caterers in Dubai  who can accommodate your needs but  before selecting consider the following:

  • What is the purpose of your event?
  • Have you set aside a date and time of the event?
  • What is your estimated budget and total number of guests?

Once you have clarity on the above three questions that will definitely set the tone and style of your event, and determine your catering style.

Then you will have to get an idea on the planning aspects which include:

  • What kind of menu will reflect this event appropriately?
  • Do you wish to have a cocktail reception, self-service buffet or formal sit-down?
  • Will there be any vegetarians or guests with dietary requirements?

Then begins the tedious task of choosing from various caterers in Dubai . Check the following before you choose someone:

  • Are they available on the scheduled date and time?
  • Does your budget fit in with the menu you have in mind with the caterer’s cost?
  • What types of food are they able to provide? Do they specialize in a particular style or cuisine?
  • Do they prepare the food themselves or get it from different suppliers?
  • Do they provide the require support staff to attend to the guests?
  • Does the budget include extras such as tables, linens, cutlery and utensils?

Once you have got most of the details worked out, before finally selecting a caterer, do the following if possible:

  • Ask them to provide references of previous customer jobs.
  • Take time to visit their outfit and sample their food so you get an idea of the quality.
  • What is their food management policy towards health and safety?
  • Meet your caterer before the event to cover off all details and to avoid any surprises at the event.
  • Once you get the final proposals from the caterer – choose the best one you are comfortable with.

Congratulations and hope you have a great event!



Mel is a successful Interior Design Director from Melbourne, Australia, working in Dubai. She has over 15 years of experience in the design industry working for successful design practices in the Asia Pacific market places. Her other major interests include photography, travelling and loves to try out new cuisines.

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