New Member: Samantha Wood

Samantha is a British-Cypriot resident of Dubai and wears a number of hats – a restaurant reviewer, food writer, PR practitioner and event organiser with 25 years of experience in the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Having left the hospitality PR world, she set up her own business in Dubai eight years ago – an impartial restaurant review website, FooDiva ( that has collected ten awards. Samantha also organises mystery #DineAroundDubai and #ThreeChefsDinner experiences. She has featured prolifically in local and international media including guest segments on CNN. Furthermore, she takes on freelance writing commissions, most recently as the UAE contributor for the global Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery restaurant guide. Samantha is a regular speaker and industry awards judge on her favourite subjects – food, restaurants and social media.


Samantha’s contact details are: Website: Twitter: @foodivaworld. Instagram: foodiva. Facebook: Pinterest: foodivaworld. Address: PO Box 215332, Dubai, UAE. Telephone: (00971) 504585139. Email: