New Zealand consulate delegation tours Min Bladi Al Emarat at Dubai Mall

Published July 24th, 2010 - 02:53 GMT

Min Bladi Al Emarat, a DSS 2010 Signature Event and a festivity showcasing the tradition and culture of UAE, recently welcomed a delegation from the New Zealand consulate. The delegation, headed by Anne Chappaz, Regional Director (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) of the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, was received by Yousif Mubarak, Chief Operations Officer of the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment in a tour of the event being staged at the Dubai Mall till July 26.

Welcomed by traditional Emarati music played out by an Emarati band, the delegation was shown around the various zones of the event by Yousif Mubarak who also explained age-old handicrafts such as weaving baskets and fishing nets. They also stopped at the oyster counter where visitors try their luck at getting pearls from the oysters. This was followed by a stop at the henna designing zone and the falcon corner.

"We are extremely impressed with the display of activities here at Min Bladi Al Emarat and this tour has given us an insight into Emarati heritage and customs. Events like Min Bladi Al Emarat provide a bridge between cultures and a better understanding of traditions also given the fact that Dubai is a global city hosting close to 200 different nationalities," said Anne Chappaz.

The last two days of Min Bladi Al Emarat features contests in local food (Aseedha) on July 25 and Khabees on July 26. While Aseedha is a sweet dish akin to pudding and made from wheat, wheat flour, clarified butter, and sugar, Khabees is also a sweet dish and made up of flour and oil and is commonly served as a traditional dish for breakfasts, especially during Eid. 

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