Could the UAE be getting a new national dish?

Move over, Mandi. There's a new dish in town
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Could the UAE be getting a new national dish?
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Alserkal Avenue is currently busy whisking visitors off to the future. Casual.

A new exhibition, aptly dubbed “New National Dish: UAE”, presents four imagined proposals for the future of Emirati national dishes based on the environmental, economic and social impacts of climate change.

“We do some research and look at the way food might change, and then propose a new national dish,” said Zac Denfeld, director of the Center for Genomic Gastronomy. “The UAE has a strong desire for food security and there are many scientific projects happening here, (including) indoor growing, vertical growing using somewhat salty water.”

In order to forecast the UAE’s food of the future, Denfield and his team identified Emirati food and imagined scenarios wherein the country would be able to produce each counterpart itself.

“The UAE is now working to develop a rice that can grow in salty conditions,” Denfeld said. “So, this is a way of combining a future where rice is actually grown [in the Emirates] — which has never been done.”

The best part? Visitors will have the opportunity to taste test each dish. 

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