Sufra: National Day Food and History Crawl | December 8

Duration: 3.5 HRS

Date: 8 Dec 2018

Location: Deira, Dubai

Sufra Members

AED 220

14+ years only

Non Members

AED 350

14+ years only

Ticket price stated is not inclusive of 5% VAT and online processing fees. Refund/rescheduling policies on legal section of our website.

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Play "Find the Flag" through historic Deira as we celebrate the stories of an ambitious city with humble beginnings.

This event will run once on December 8, 2018.

9:30AM to 1:00PM

Carry earphones for our guide audio system.

The tour requires a minimum of 4 guests; we may cancel and refund tickets if the minimum is not met.

Walking only; distance covered is ~2.5km/1.6mi.

Tastings include Gluten/Lactose/Dairy/Nuts. Please notify us of severe allergies.

Dress to walk; cover shoulders and legs above the knees.

The minimum age to join the tour is 14 years.

What to Expect

Explore the historic alleys of Deira to celebrate the stories of an ambitious city with humble beginnings.

Our journey meanders through a path peppered with food and history, from paper-thin crepes with eggs and anchovy sauce served in an 100 year old heritage home, to gooey saffron halwa from the 1930s. At each historic stop, there’s a hidden UAE flag waiting to be discovered and delicious prizes to be won!

We visit a heritage house that celebrates the role of Emirati women and preserves the achievements of strong mothers and wives across the nation. As we walk through the alleys, we’ll spot the city’s oldest mosques and discover the well-known families that built them. Our path will lead us through the enticing aromas of the perfume souk and the everyday sights of traders and shopkeepers – until we reach a colourful majlis. This hidden dining space is served by public kitchen founded by an Emirati personality who is deeply passionate about local food. We end our stroll with a breakfast of local favourites: Balaleet, Dango, Bajella, Khabeesa, Chebab and Kadak Chai.

Our route and featured tastings are subject to change.

Halwa Factory
Sample the taste of Omani hospitality that has become a core part of Emirati culture.

Pearl Diving Merchant’s home
Sample savoury crepes, dates with cottage cheese, doughnut balls with date molasses and Emirati coffee.

Women’s Museum
Celebrate the role of women through the rise of the U.A.E.

Perfume Souq
Learn about Oud, Bakhoor and other popular scents across the Gulf.

Public Kitchen
Feast on traditional omelette with saffron and cardamom infused noodles, boiled chickpeas and fava beans, fluffy pancakes, a sweet semolina crumble and piping hot Karak Chai.

We'll meet outside the Al Ras parking building opposite the Gold Souk.
Please be on time, we don't wait for latecomers!

Considering the different start and end points, we recommend that you take public transport rather than driving. If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic. The nearest metro stations are Al Ras and Palm Deira (both on the green line).

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Have questions? Here are the most frequently asked.

Here’s how, and if any one or more of these distinguishing features resonate with you, then you’re our perfect Sufra guest:

  • Stronger community focus – You’re eager to connect with other intellectually curious members of our community, over a common passion for food, culture and exploration.
  • More dynamic and collaborative – You’d rather be involved in discussions moderated by a Sufra host, rather than being “guided on a tour;” you leave the event knowing that the dialogues you had within the group added richness to the experience.
  • More fringe discoveries – You already know the not-so-secret “hidden gems” in the city; you’re looking to access those cultures, conversations and experiences that are rarely on the mainstream radar. They’re either reserved to a few cultural circles or are often discovered only by people with special insider access, e.g. journalists.
  • Less formal, more fluid – You simply want to have a fun, not overly planned outing with like-minded people who love food!

Yes, you may join any Sufra experience as a resident or tourist, simply by booking any of the listed Sufra events on our calendar.

As of May 2019, we are in the process of replacing the membership programme with another exciting offer for residents to earn discounts on our Sufra experiences as well other signature tours.

For those who are still currently members, here’s more information about your package:

  • AED 990.00 for 9 months of the programme through the year*, excluding 5% VAT and processing fees of AED 15.00 if booking online or AED 2.00 if booking via phone at +971 56 471 8244.
    • AED 850.00 per person for couples’ or group membership bookings. If your group is larger than 8, please reach out to us at
  • Perks include:
    • Discounts on every Sufra event, adding up to AED 220 in monthly savings over 9 months of the programme.
    • 10% off on our signature food tours for members and their guests.
    • Priority notification and exclusive 1-week booking access, every month, on new listings prior to the event going public.
  • Membership is on a rolling basis and always begins on the 1st of the next month; e.g. if you purchase the membership on October 15th, 2018, you become a Sufra member from November 1st, 2018.  In this case, your membership will expire on October 31st, 2019.
  • Once purchased, your membership cannot be frozen, transferred or refunded for any reason.

*Sufra is not operational from June to August due to the heat. If we do plan any indoor events, our Sufra members will be the first to know!

Yes, depending on the chosen experience and size of your group. In most cases, we would be happy to adapt an existing Sufra event for your private party or corporate team.

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