GIG, the caterer and a division of Global Infusion Group, is expanding into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the completion of a joint venture agreement with Foodie Brands Catering Services, the Dubai-based food production and catering company.

The two catering specialists have combined their skills to launch GIG Catering Services, which will provide food, beverage and hospitality services to the UAE market.

A key focus of GIG Catering Services will be to provide dedicated catering and hospitality solutions to EXPO 2020, the world expo that will see more than 190 countries participate and welcome millions of visitors to Dubai from October 20, 2020, until April 10, 2021.

Tony Laurenson, founder and chief executive officer of Global Infusion Group, commented: “Following our successful appointment as the exclusive caterer for UK Pavilion at EXPO 2020 growing demand from clients, it made perfect business sense for GIG to partner with Foodie Brands and open an operation in the UAE.

“We recognised the same passion and drive to deliver premium event catering, food production and service in Foodie Brands that we pride ourselves on. GIG Catering Services will combine our skills with those of Foodie Brands in order to deliver world-class culinary expertise in the region.”

Kareem Abughazaleh, CEO of Foodie Brands Catering Services, added: “Being in a position to partner with a company of Global Infusion Group’s global stature is an exciting step for everyone within Foodie Brands and something that the team is incredibly proud of. We’re confident that we will be able to provide world class support and added value to all future projects in the region.”