Unprecedented turnout marked the first day of “Morocco in Abu Dhabi”

Live cooking stations, tasting and interactive cooking sessions, presented by renowned Moroccan chefs

Abu Dhabi, 8th of March 2018 – The “Morocco in Abu Dhabi” event witnessed an unprecedented turnout by a high-level presence of senior officials and dignitaries from the UAE and the Kingdom of Morocco. The event was welcomed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the recognition of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

There is no doubt that its significant geographical Mediterranean location, along with its uniquely diverse culture, made Morocco’s local gastronomy one of the most distinctive and famous international cuisines.

It has promoted the popularity of Morocco among gourmet travelers, and culinary tourism fans around the world.

A highlight of “Morocco in Abu Dhabi”, the “Moroccan Cuisine” pavilion has gained popularity this year and over the past two editions. Thousands of visitors from the UAE, Arab and foreign communities were keen to visit this special pavilion every day of the event to get to know the art of Moroccan cuisine, and taste delicious Moroccan dishes like Couscous, Pastela, Tajine, Tanjia, Kaab Al Ghazal and Chebakia.

This year, Moroccan cuisine introduces visitors to the arts and secrets of its traditional and modern cuisine; and a group of the finest Moroccan chefs, such as famous cooking experts Chef Choumicha and Chef Zakia, present daily cooking shows for visitors and prepare a special set of savory Moroccan dishes and authentic desserts.

Chef Lakbira Zakia, daughter of the former chef of the famous La Mamounia Hotel, commented on her participation in this year’s “Morocco in Abu Dhabi” event, saying: “Moroccan cuisine is characterized by its diversity, since Morocco is a multicultural country that has embraced multiple cultures throughout history, and merged the Mediterranean and Moroccan desert cultures. All these factors have affected every aspect of the day-to-day life of the contemporary Moroccan community; it clearly shows in the traditional cuisine, not only in cooking know-how, but also in how ingredients are prepared, how food and supplies are stored, how the dining table is set and the rules of using cooking and eating utensils depending on the social event.”

Chef Choumicha El Shafei added that: “Moroccan cuisine has been influenced by Amazigh’s cuisine, Arabic cuisine, Middle Eastern cuisine and even European taste. You will notice this when you visit the Moroccan cuisine pavilion throughout the “Morocco in Abu Dhabi” event, where you will find me along with other elite Moroccan chefs, giving different cooking tips and introducing all the secrets of the Moroccan cuisine as we present delicious and diverse dishes.”

“Morocco in Abu Dhabi” is open to public until the 19th of March 2018 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, epitomising a brotherly heritage environment, enriching visitors’ memories and imagination with its diverse cultural, artistic and historical activities and antiquity collections.

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