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  • 21-25 FEBRUARY, 2021

GulfHost Innovation Awards

GulfHost Innovation Awards

Celebrating innovation and excellence in the development, marketing and launch of a new item of equipment.

Over the last three years, GulfHost Innovation Awards has been able to establish itself as one of the most anticipated happenings in the sector’s calendar.

In its third edition, GulfHost Innovation Awards returns to accredit and celebrate the standout progressive technologies that are shaping the future of hospitality equipment solutions in the MENA region.

From smartest innovation to best fit out, we pay tribute to those who make the region’s hospitality world so unique.

GulfHost exhibitors are exclusively welcome to enter their nominations through the E-zone where they can provide the following:

  • A description of your equipment solution
  • A summary of the impact it has had on the marketplace
  • Some evidence of client satisfaction
  • An overview of related marketing and PR communications

GulfHost Innovation Awards 2021 Categories:


Smartest Innovation

Refers to any equipment/supplies that are automated, adding high-tech convenience to the commercial kitchen space. Entries may possess one or more of a range of assets such as assisting waste reduction, waste sorting, allowing users to measure and monitor the cooking process, offering self-cleaning technology, enabling healthier/tailored cooking results, enabling automatic shut-off to prevent risk of fire. Essentially saving energy, water and/or other resources.

May include but not restricted to: smart dishwashers, smart refrigerators, smart ovens, thermometers and smart scales, smart cookware and cooktops, and others such as smart coffee makers and kettles.

Additional criteria:

  • Integration of Technology   
  • Internet of Things – from coffee makers to ovens
  • Programmable equipment for more automated cooking processes
  • Conserve energy or water

Best Display Innovation

Refers to front of house serving equipment including portable products, tableware, cutlery ancillary equipment, tabletop equipment, Porcelain / Earthenware/ Chinaware, Glassware / Crystal ware, trolleys, serveware or serving tools.

Additional criteria:

  • Elevated tableware and serving ware that up the aesthetic for a trendier customer base
  • Innovative Design
  • Ergonomic, lightweight or cleverly designed equipment
  • Demonstration of innovation and creativity of the product

Best Coffee Innovation

Refers to any coffee machinery or accessories such as Coffee Beans, Coffee Roasters, Coffee Machines, Roasters, Brewing, Espresso and Roasting Equipment.

Additional criteria:

  • Better Technology
  • Coffee dispensers and barware that enable specialty beverage trends
  • Internet of Things
  • Equipment and supplies that greatly reduce time spent on cleaning and maintenance
  • Ergonomics

Judging Criteria

In addition to relevance to the criteria the prejudging of the nominations will be based on:

  • Innovation / Originality / Advancement in the Segment
  • Efficiency / Cost Reduction
  • Health & Environment
  • Customer Centric


  • Online Submissions: NOW LIVE
  • Submissions CLOSE:  Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 1200hrs (GMT+4)
  • Shortlisted nominations announced: Wednesday, 10 February, 2021
  • Winners announced: Sunday, 21 February, 2021

Rules of Participation

  • Participation is free.
  • Only Gulfood & GulfHost confirmed exhibitors are entitled to participate for the Awards.
  • Exhibitor can enter multiple categories, however each category would need to be completed on a separate online form.
  • Exhibitor can enter multiple products, however each product/innovation would need to be completed on a separate online form.
  • Entries can be from a brand new product/innovation, re-launch of an established product or launch of an innovative initiative
  • Entries of products launched/re-launched strictly January 2019 onwards.
  • Entries need to be submitted only through the official Exhibitor Portal online. Entries sent via email will not be accepted.
  • Participants are responsible for uploading product information, images and videos themselves. This data will be used to generate an online register of participant and for promotional purpose as per the discretion of the organisers.

For enquiries about the nomination process contact:

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