Dubai is a land of diverse ethnicities. It has welcomed people from around the globe with open arms. We can see multiculturalism in each and every aspect of this city, and the food is no exception when it comes to this cultural multiplicity. You will find foods from all different cultures being served in the restaurants and markets here. This is exactly the reason why Dubai iftars are something to look forward to during the holy month of Ramadan. The hotels and restaurants here, have a lavish spread of iftar buffets based on their speciality cuisines. No matter which culture you belong to, there will never be any difficulty in finding your traditional tastes in this land of diversity.
Speaking of multiculturalism, they say ICCA Dubai is a melting pot of different cultures. We have students from various parts of the world, and an occasion like Ramadan and the tradition of iftar is a fantastic opportunity to bring everyone together. This Ramadan at ICCA Dubai, we had more reasons to celebrate, as our senior batch for Professional Cookery was graduating as well. It was an exciting time for the junior batch, as it was an excellent opportunity for them to bring the iftar and the graduation ceremony buffet together.
The iftar buffet theme was ‘Taste of Africa’, where they spread an exemplary display of African cuisine to tantalize our taste buds. The buffet was a three-course menu with a variety of salads, starters, main dishes, desserts and some delightful drinks to accompany the delicious spread of food.
I have heard that African food is highly influenced by Arabic and Indian cuisines though I have not had a chance to taste it before. But after this buffet experience, I am glad that I could taste those flavours in the form of Chicken Tagine, Kanafeh with a mango twist and Dum Aloo, which is nothing but roasted potatoes stuffed with milk solids and cooked in a tomato based gravy. To mention a few, the very native African dishes included; Biltong, NyamaChoma (Lamb Chops), Bobotie, Malva pudding, Madagascar vanilla bean fruity clafoutis and Ivory Coast chocolate chili tart among the others.
Amidst the multicultural crowd and enjoying the flavours which were unique to me, I felt ICCA Dubai’s selection of the theme for the iftar-graduation buffet was a wonderful gesture that demonstrates it being a melting pot of cultures from around the world and also showcases the multicultural harmony of Dubai.