The Filipino community take up a large percentage of the expat population in the UAE, and it is heartening to see we finally have a little piece of the Philippines right in the commercial nook of Deira, Dubai catering for the authentic cuisines our Filipino brethren have been missing from back home. Little Manila is not a restaurant; it is a whole food-court of well-loved foodie brands hailing from the Philippines. I had the pleasure of attending their opening in September (read all about it here), and then I got invited for a ‘Boodle Fight’!

Little Manila is a ‘first of its kind’ Filipino themed restaurant in Dubai, and is the global conglomerate, Al Ahli Group’s first venture into the food industry.

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The restaurant has officially started business from this Monday 14th September, and I had the pleasure of being invited to the media event on Saturday.

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Al Ahli Holding Group’s senior executives CEO, Mohammed Khammas, and International Business Development Head, Mr. Parvez Naqvi lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Little Manila along with senior delegates from the Consulate General of Philippines (Dubai) office.