KIZA’s Era of Afrobeats and African Flair: Celebrating a Decade of Redefining Pan-African Dining and Entertainment in Dubai

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KIZA, Dubai’s first, Pan-African restaurant and lounge, renowned for delivering a nostalgic culinary experience to diners either resident or visiting from far and wide, recently revealed a refreshed, cosmopolitan design, much to the thrill of the brand’s fans. Celebrated for being the first venue in the UAE to have what are now top-chart African artists perform prior to their rise to fame, the DIFC hotspot reopen its doors at the end of April 2023, repositioning itself as the ‘second phase of KIZA’ with new vibrant flavors, elevated interiors, and a lineup of events.

After more than a decade of successful operation, the team at KIZA recognized the need for a fresher and more contemporary ambience, marking their grand re-entry into the scene with an impressive new look and feel. A modern aesthetic seamlessly blended with traditional African charm awaits guests, making KIZA the go-to destination for an unforgettable experience. The restaurant and lounge have undergone a complete transformation, featuring exquisite new decor and state-of-the-art LED lighting that evolves with the day, elevating the atmosphere from cultural immersion to pure energy. Continuing its commitment to promoting young talent, the revitalized KIZA is set to take its legacy to new heights, with plans to host both emerging artists and established chart-toppers in the vibrant African music scene.

The Rich History of KIZA

Since its inception in 2012, KIZA has firmly established itself as the unparalleled hub of African flair and entertainment, catering to a diverse audience of food enthusiasts and musicophiles alike, all seeking to experience and deeply immerse themselves in the vibrant culture and cuisine of Africa. The upscale hotspot is a celebration of African culture, art, music, and vibe.

The success of KIZA is rooted in its unwavering commitment to celebrating and showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of Africa through its lively ambience, pulsating beats, live performances, and immersive dining experience. This is in fact, a true reflection of the soulful and rhythmic spirit of Africa. Over the years, the restaurant has been a pioneer in promoting African music in the UAE, introducing the likes of Wizkid, Burna Boy, 2 Face Idibia, Orezi, and Yung6iz to the local music scene long before Afrobeats became a global phenomenon.

Throughout the years KIZA has been recognized through numerous awards and accolades, including the Best African Restaurant award at the Dubai Food Festival in 2016 and 2017, and the Best Pan-African Restaurant award at the Middle East Hospitality Awards in 2018.

An unsurpassed afro-centric experience awaits

The menu is a culinary journey through the diverse and rich flavors of Africa, showcasing an expansive array of traditional dishes from West, East, Central, and South Africa. The menu entails a feast for the senses, relishing in iconic African delicacies such as the fiery peri-peri chicken, hearty Jollof rice, and savory boerewors sausage. Vegetarian and vegan options abound, catering to a variety of dietary preferences. With each dish artfully crafted using the freshest ingredients and authentic recipes, KIZA’s menu is a definitive celebration of the vibrant and diverse gastronomic heritage of Africa.

KIZA was founded by Joe Osawaye, a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of launching successful businesses in various industries. Joe Osawaye set out to create a brand that would not only bring the authentic flavors and sounds of Africa to the UAE, but also redefine the dining and entertainment experience in the region. Today, KIZA stands as a testament to his entrepreneurial vision and unwavering dedication to excellence, setting the standard for quality, innovation, and authenticity in the industry. 

Speaking about the renovation and re-launch, Joe comments, “KIZA represents the quintessential African experience, where guests are transported into a world of vibrant sophistication, infused with vivacious energy, delectable African cuisine, and soulful rhythmic melodies. We are thrilled to welcome guests to the very heart of ‘Culture & Vibe,’ where KIZA embodies the essence of African culture in its purest and most essential form.”  

KIZA is more than just a restaurant; it’s a way of life. A celebration of African culture, music, and cuisine, and a platform for showcasing the best of Africa to the world.

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