The Ritz-Carlton to become first in Bahrain to offer kosher certified food

A leading five star property will become the first hotel in the kingdom to offer kosher certified food.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain starting later this month will offer the kosher food through the help of Orthodox Union (OU) Kosher, the world’s largest kosher certification agency.

The hotel is identifying a kosher culinary team member who will serve as a mashgiach, or kosher supervisor, when kosher meals are prepared on the premises.

“Bahrain is unique as it already has an indigenous Jewish population, and since the recent normalisation of relations, we are seeing a greater interest from Jewish and Israeli travellers, and we want to be able to provide kosher food for those who prefer this option,” said Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain general manager Bernard de Villèle.

“We chose to partner with OU Kosher because they are the leading certification agency in the world and we sought their expertise in helping us navigate the needs of the kosher traveller.”

The OU Kosher chief executive Rabbi Genack said the Abraham Accords signed in September has opened new destinations for kosher travellers in the Gulf that have never existed before.

“We laud the efforts of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain to offer kosher food as this will help bring in more Jewish tourists,” said head of Bahrain’s Jewish community Ebrahim Nonoo.

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