Hala

Located on the ground floor of the convention tower of Dubai World Trade Centre, Hala, an organic café serving Lebanese food has opened its doors.

“Hala is Levantine culture served on a plate of good-for-you, delicious food,” said Hala general manager Ramy Sleiman.

“The organic and healthy inspiration isn’t something new to Levantine cuisine, but rather forgotten and we’ve thoughtfully sourced all ingredients from across the Levant to create authentic dishes with the diverse flavours, tastes and cultures of the Middle East.”

The interiors feature a fusion of nostalgic and modern pop culture artworks and a retail section with home-grown, locally prepared products that will include homemade jams, olives, olive oil, honey, Lebanese zaatar and other fresh herbs.

The concept was brought to Dubai by Sunset Group. The CEO of the hospitality investment and management company, Antonio Gonzalez said in a statement: “Dubai is a melting pot of diverse cultures and nationalities while still being very much a blend of the Levant, and this representation was the vision for Hala. We know there is a real appetite for healthy casual dining in Dubai and Hala encompasses all that is good for the body and soul.”

Open from 8am daily, the menu comprises a blend of traditional and modern Levantine cuisine ranging from organic shakshuka to a variety of hummus fusions, with ingredients sourced from Lebanon to Jordan as well as local organic producers.

Maté tea, made from the leaves of the rainforest holly tree, will also feature on the menu. The popular South American drink that has become a local Lebanese and Syrian import will be served per tradition, in a ‘calabash’ or bottle gourd at the café with the tea leaves also available to purchase in the retail section.