11 Jul 2019 AT 03:08 PM

Dubai is trying to make its brunch scene more sustainable

Because your favourite Friday event generates a surprising amount of waste
11 Jul 2019 AT 03:08 PM
Dubai is trying to make its brunch scene more sustainable

Picture this: it’s the end of the week, you’re at one of Dubai’s countless brunch spots enjoying a cracking menu and some refreshing drinks. Behind the scenes, however, is an issue: food waste.

It is approximated by the Economist Intelligence Unit that over 430 pounds of food waste is generated per person in the UAE every year.

That’s a hefty amount of uneaten food. Fortunately, Dubai is becoming more aware of this problem and is planning ways to tackle it. For example, restaurants are placing emphasis on cutting down extensive menus and excessive portions, giving customers a more modest selection of carefully-picked dishes.

A small number of restaurants are even utilising artificial intelligence (AI) technology to monitor the food consumption of their guests and the scale of waste being generated during buffets, so that chefs know exactly what to provide and are more likely to avoid unnecessary production of dishes.

This is clever stuff. It looks like we should all keep in mind the true impact of the extravagant brunches we know and love. After all, we’ll thank ourselves later.

By Martha Davies

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