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About Us

How It All Began

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Culinaire & Beyond is the brainchild of CEO Leena Ahmed Al Mannai, who found herself at a loss when trying to source qualified food and beverage consultants. As she reached out to organizations, she realized that a very limited number of them serviced the hospitality sector, especially from a Bahraini viewpoint. Leena’s experience sent her on a discovery that involved researching if other entrepreneurs were facing similar voids and how she could address the deficit in one of the country’s highest growth sectors. Through Leena’s exploration, it became clear that there were many solutions and products easily found elsewhere, but not yet in Bahrain. However, establishing a relationship with international F&B experts would add value to the country at multiple tiers. Rolling forward several months, Culinaire & Beyond create to drive innovation and growth primarily in the Kingdom of Bahrain’s F&B and Hospitality sectors by encouraging the development of a sustainable industry ecosystem, and by working to support the positioning of the Kingdom as a benchmark for quality and creativity. We will do this through the delivery of comprehensive, world-class solutions that meet the diverse needs of our local and global clientele, and by providing opportunities for ongoing global collaboration.
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Unique Selling Proposition

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At Culinaire and Beyond, our USP is our ability to provide a multi-tiered range of solutions and products that cover all areas within hospitality and restaurant businesses. We are locally based company, yet global in our approach. We look at the ideas shared with us from the lens of a local perspective hence our solutions are culturally and market relevant. Added to that, we are the only Bahraini team whose expertise lies in two specific sectors: F&B and hospitality. Most of all, we differentiate ourselves through our deep commitment to local culture; everything we do will, at some level, interface with our combined values of heritage and modern facing business development.
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Founder & CEO
Leena Ahmed Al Mannai

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A passionate entrepreneur, advisor and investor in the F&B industry events and brand acquisition in Middle east, with the vision of bridging the gap that currently lies in the F&B sector in Bahrain. Her intention is to support entrepreneurs and SMEs to achieve their aspirations and scale up their businesses with the help of a team that focuses entirely on the F&B and Hospitality sector.

She is honored to be a member in the following capacities for key Initiatives by prominent partner organizations:
Member of Advisory Sector F&B and Hospitality, Tamkeen.
Board Member Asean Bahrain Council
Committee member Culture & Hospitality, Bahrain Entrepreneurs Organization.
Committee member Tourism & Hospitality, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce.

With an undeniably strong entrepreneurial spirit, keen intellect to identify good business opportunities, and the ability to channel solutions to cater everyone’s unique needs thus create a sustainable ecosystem that supports the growth of F&B and Hospitality sector in Bahrain.

Leena possesses a bachelor’s in microbiology supported with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) plus Certificates in Project Management and Restaurant & Kitchen Management. Her experience in the public & government sector coupled with a passion for gastronomy further reinforce her knowledge on the food industry. She established Culinaire & Beyond with an objective to contribute to the growth of the F&B and Hospitality industry in the GCC by working closely with entrepreneurs to achieve their aspirations.