Dubai Culture and L’Occitane Café: An Innovative Collaboration That Draws Inspiration from the Emirate’s Authentic Heritage

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is collaborating with L’Occitane Café on an initiative that aims to support and encourage cooking as an art that stimulates innovation, creativity and leadership as well as highlights authentic Emirati flavours, motivating all segments of society to participate in inspiring activities, in line with the Authority’s strategic roadmap that contributes to strengthening the emirate’s position as an incubator for creativity and creators.

As part of this cooperation, L’Occitane Café will offer a special almond and date tart that combines French culture and Dubai’s heritage, as its ingredients include French almonds and Mejdool dates, a variety of authentic local dates that are of special importance to Emiratis. In an amalgamation of western and eastern flavors, the tart emphasizes the role that cooking, as a creative art could play in converging viewpoints, exchanging ideas, and blending and coexisting on several levels.

Boxes containing pre-made tart crusts; filling ingredients, including almond powder, Mejdool dates, date paste, cream, and sugar decoration; and preparation instructions will be sent to a group of Dubai media professionals and influencers. The aim is for each of them to add their individual touch on the recipe, as well as display and present the tarts in their own special way, sharing what they would have created on social media.

Through this initiative, Dubai Culture seeks to highlight the different culinary arts from the multiple cultures that live in Dubai and introduce community members to cooking methods that differ from one country to another and from one culture to another in a scene that reflects the intermingling and coexistence of those cultures. The initiative also falls within the Authority’s commitment to supporting and empowering its partners from the sector and connecting them to the largest possible segment of society.

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