Airbnb opens its doors for Refugees Welcome dinner

Airbnb staff, hosts and members of the refugee community came together for a Refugees Welcome dinner held at Airbnb’s office in east London. In a world of unprecedented displacement, as a company, Airbnb remains committed to creating a world where people can belong anywhere and this dinner was held in that spirit.

The event, which welcomed about 45 people in total, was catered by Chef Imad Alarnab of Imad’s Syrian Kitchen. The dinner was close to Chef Imad’s heart as he himself was a successful restaurant entrepreneur living in Syria but left it all behind after war broke out. By hosting a series of pop-up restaurant events in London with the help of charities like the UNICEF Next Generation project and Hampstead Kitchen Feed Fund, he hopes to return to his passion of cooking once more.

Refugees Welcome was developed by UNICEF and the individuals behind #TeamRefugees but dinners are organised by hosts who can be individuals, community groups or businesses. Dinners are hosted at intimate events all across the world. To learn how you or your community can host a dinner, visit the website.