All proceeds from The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai x Mama Rita Afternoon Tea event, which took place on 18 October will be donated to Al Jalila Foundation in partnership with Brest Friends 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 20 October 2022 – The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, in partnership with Jessica and Rita Kahawaty, founders of culinary brand Mama Rita, hosted a decadent pink afternoon tea to raise awareness and funds for Al Jalila Foundation, in association with Brest Friends during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured above, from left, Nihal Aboushousha from Al Jalila Foundation, Jessica Kahawaty, Rita Kahawaty and Executive Chef Tobias Pfister from The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai.

The collaboration between The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai and entrepreneur, humanitarian, and model Jessica Kahawaty with wellness focused influencer and model Rita Kahawaty, co-founders of culinary brand Mama Rita saw a fashionable afternoon tea take place in The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai’s award winning Lobby Lounge.   With a host of well-known personalities in attendance, alongside representatives from Al Jalila Foundation, the fundraising event was inspired by Rita’s personal journey and focused on empowering breast cancer warriors and survivors, with Jessica speaking beautifully on her mother’s behalf during the event stating “We are stronger together”.

Guests who participated in The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai’s award-winning afternoon tea hosted at The Lobby Lounge on 18 October enjoyed a specially created Ritz-Carlton, Dubai x Mama Rita savory and sweet and beverage creations as part of the bespoke Ritz-Carlton x Mama Rita afternoon tea, crafted in collaboration with Jessica and Rita, alongside signature Ritz-Carlton, Dubai sweet treats and desserts.

Jeroen Elmendorp, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai commented: “At The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, we have always been passionate about supporting great causes and the community in which we operate. We are proud to turn pink during the entire month of October as part of our annual PINKtober celebration.  The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai x Mama Rita afternoon tea in collaboration with Jessica and Rita has been a huge success and we are honored to celebrate the strong women and men, and their families who have been impacted by the illness by supporting pioneering research through Al Jalila Foundation, in partnership with Brest Friends.  Events such as these offer the opportunity for us to encourage action, inspire others and stand together as a powerful symbol of strength and hope.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai x Mama Rita collaboration at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is part of a series of events and activations taking place at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai throughout October, as part of the hotel’s month-long PINKtober activities to raise awareness and funds for Al Jalila Foundation, while celebrating survivors and supporting those currently battling breast cancer.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is marking #PINKtober with special packages including the indulgent Sparkling Pink afternoon tea in the decadent, award winning Lobby Lounge and a Wellness Daycation offering at the hotels opulent spa.   During the last weekend of October, there will also be a range of activities taking place to celebrate the occasion, including The Pink Ladies Day at La Baie on Friday, London Social will be going pink on Saturday and a one off Pink Sunset event at Caña by Tamoka on Sunday. With each of these offerings, 20% off the proceeds will be donated to one of the UAE’s leading breast cancer charity, the Al Jalila foundation.

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About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

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About Al Jalila Foundation:

Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organization dedicated to transforming lives, was founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai in April 2013, to position Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of medical innovation. Al Jalila Foundation supports medical treatment for individuals unable to afford quality healthcare; provides scholarships to nurture a home-grown generation of medical professionals; and funds ground-breaking research that addresses health challenges prevalent in the region: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and mental health. Al Jalila Foundation is fully-funded by the generosity of donors and 100% of the funds are invested into medical research, education and treatment in the UAE. Al Jalila Foundation is one of 33 member organizations under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives embodies the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to improve the Arab world through humanitarian, developmental and community work.

About Mama Rita

Food delivery concept, Mama Rita was launched in September 2020 by mother-daughter duo Rita and Jessica Kahawaty. Growing up, Rita’s own mother Nahil taught her how to cook using delicious fresh vegetables grown in the Lebanese mountains by her father Simon. Rita took to cooking naturally and was soon adding her own touches to her mother’s signature dishes. Recognising this gift, Mama Rita was born from Jessica’s desire to share the flavors of her home with the world.

‘Feeding the world as a mother would’ is the brand’s mantra. Premium in quality, democratic in pricing, the Mama Rita menu has been carefully curated by Jessica and Rita to bring all three generations of heartwarming home cooking to the public, beautifully fusing Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and International cuisine. Every meal created in the Mama Rita kitchen tells a story of authenticity; the food is real, healthy and cooked from the heart. Mama Rita’s star product ‘The Fresh Fruit Paradise’ can also be found in over 150 Starbucks stores across the UAE.

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