A guide to guilt-free dining at the climate conference in Dubai

From hearty Arabic baos to healthy Vietnamese bites, delegates and visitors attending Cop28 in Dubai will sample first-hand the UAE’s melting pot of cultures through its culinary diversity.

More than 90 restaurants, food trucks and temporary pop-ups will be on site in Expo City Dubai between November 30 and December 12, including home-grown brands such as Vietnamese FoodiesHouse of Pops and Baofriend.

What’s on the menu at Cop28

“The focus is very much on lighter, healthier bites,” Lily Hoa Nguyen, co-founder and executive chef of Vietnamese Foodies, tells The National. “This will include vegan dishes as well as those free from dairy, gluten and sugar, with the calories of each – between 350 and 500kcal – spelt out on the menu.

“This is a great opportunity,” continues Hoa Nguyen, “because Cop28 is the most prominent and important event on environment and sustainability, so it is our chance to represent and introduce the diversity of Vietnamese cuisine to the world in an authentic and healthy way.”