Abu Dhabi Expands Emirati Cuisine Programme

DCT Abu Dhabi launched its second phase to increase food access for Emirates through training chefs to prepare and prepare food

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is launching its second phase following the overwhelming positive response from consumers and stakeholders of the Emirati Cuisine Programme. The plan was initiated in 2020 to increase the accessibility of Emirates food by training hotel chefs for the preparation and service of genuine dishes for visitors and inhabitants.

30 hotels in Abu Dhabi were certified in Emirates cuisine in the initial stage of the cultural camp. In the second phase, more than twenty hotels will now be attended by chef Khulood Atiq from Emirati, who will virtually train their chefs. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas is hosting classes to shoot the true Emirates, including favourites such as dessert luqaimat and machboos, from the Chef Khrulod.

Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi said, “The success of the Emirati Cuisine Programme demonstrates the appetite for more authentic Emirati experiences across the capital, We are delighted to see such immense interest from the public to explore this exceptional culinary journey, as well as the industry’s support in making this the success that it is. We hope that more and more people taste delicious Emirati dishes for the first time to learn about the ingredients and experience the flavours and beauty of the country, where they are always warmly welcomed.”

Inspired by diverse populations in the UAE, new fusion recettes that blend Emirati cuisine with classic dishes from other cultures will take shape in the second phase of this programme. Chefs from some of the Emirates' favourite restaurants such as Fouquet's Abu Dhabi in the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal Punjab Grille, and the OSMO Lounge & Bar in Hilton Yas Island will create their culinary experiences.

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