Dubai, January 6, 2016: Join us in celebrating the International Year of Pulses 2016 (IYP) during a Pulse Feast held at Istanbul Flower Restaurant, Marina branch from 13.00 – 15.30 on January 6th, 2016to create awareness on achieving sustainable development in the region’s nutritional habits. 

Further to the declaration of International Year of Pulses 2016 by the United Nations, a Pulse Feast will be organized all around the world on the same day, January 6th. Organized by Hakan Agro DMCC, in corporation with the GPC, the Pulse Feast in Dubai will be held at Istanbul Flower Restaurant, Marina branch from 13.00 – 15.30 on January 6th, 2016 with the presence of the distinguished local guests and media members. There will be over 30 different dishes made of pulses for the guests to enjoy. Mr Hakan Bahceci, Chair of Global Pulse Confederation’s IYP Committee, GPC representative to the UN International IYP Steering Committee and CEO of Hakan Agro DMCC, will be sharing details about the IYP as well as the role of Pulses in sustainable agriculture and health of future.

“Pulses” are the edible dried seeds of legume crops that include dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas and lentils. This diverse group of staple foods has been cultivated by civilizations across the globe for over 10,000 years. They are high in protein, fibre, various vitamins and amino acids and are hearty crops. Pulses are part of the ‘food basket’ used by the World Food Programme in food assistance strategies.

In 2016, the United Nations is focusing on pulses and their importance to global food security and nutrition. With great potential to help eradicate hunger, pulses can also help tackle many chronic health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes. 

“Pulses are a nutrient powerhouse for the developed and developing world. We are grateful to the UN and the FAO for declaring 2016 as the International Year of the Pulses as this year will help put pulses at the heart of the discussions around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted by the UN in New York. The International Year will put pulses at the centre of people’s diets”, said Hakan Bahceci, Chair of GPC’s IYP Committee, GPC representative to the UN International IYP Steering Committee and CEO of Hakan Foods.

Hakan Bahceci, the former Chairman of the Global Pulse Confederation in 2011, wanted to shine a spotlight on the important role pulses play in fighting the dual challenges of hunger and obesity. The Governments of Turkey and Pakistan showed great leadership and ultimately proposed the motion at the United Nations.  After much committee process and many approvals needed, it was agreed in December 2013 that 2016 would be the International Year of Pulses.  

We hope to see the world eating pulses on January 6th for Pulse Feast. You will be surprized by the delicious innovative Pulses versions of traditional dishes like Green Lentil Pomegranate Tabbouleh, Grape Leaves filled with Pulses and many more…

For more information on the global event, visit Share your photos and videos with Twitter, Vine, Periscope and Instagram with the hashtags #LovePulses and #PulseFeast. Follow @LovePulses on Twitter for updates on the events. 


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Notes to editors 

  1. In addition to being delicious and easy to cook, pulses can help with:
    - Diabetes prevention and control [1]
    - Reducing the risk of heart disease
    - Cholesterol reduction [2]
    - Anemia prevention [3]
    - Weight management
  2. UN Assembly Resolution on the 2016 International Year of the Pulses:
  3. For recipes, nutrition and health information please visit: or follow #LovePulses on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.
  4. For industry news on IYP go to