Sufra: Navruz – The Bounty of Spring | Mar 16

Duration: 3 HRS

Date: 16 Mar 2019

Location: Deira, Dubai

Sufra Members

AED 320

14+ years only

Non Members

AED 395

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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Embrace the spirit of renewal embodied in the traditions of this ancient, spring-time New Year festival.


This event will run once on 16 March 2019.

12:30PM to 3:30PM

The tour requires a minimum of 6 guests; we may cancel and refund tickets if the minimum is not met.

Walking and metro only; distance covered is ~1.2km/0.7 mi with stops in between.

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

Dress to walk - wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Carry earphones for our audio guide system.

The minimum age to join the tour is 14 years.


What to Expect

Celebrate the ancient Persian festival of the Spring Equinox – Nawruz. This momentous occasion in the Persian calendar honours nature and binds together Persians of different ethnicities and faiths across the world. Cherish the bounty of Spring amid traditional fare at one of Dubai’s time-honoured Persian restaurants.

What to expect:

  • Dine at one of the city’s most reputed Persian restaurants, renowned for its repertoire of unfailingly delicious Iranian food.
  • Embark on an exploration of the history of Iranian traders and pioneering entrepreneurs in the city.
  • Visit an Ali Baba’s cave of Persian wonders to delve deeper into the traditions of Nawruz.
  • Decode the symbolism of a Haft-Seen which is a table used to display objects that begin with the letter ‘Seen’ in Farsi.
  • Take turns reading the inspiring poetry of Hafez, a mystical poet from 14th century Iran and a leader in Persian literature.
  • Ponder over the symbology of food in the practice of rituals across Old World cultures.
  • Renew some of your New Year’s resolutions!

We'll meet in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira Dubai Creek
Please be on time, we don't wait for latecomers!

The nearest Dubai Metro station is Union on the Red and Green lines.
Valet parking is available at the hotel.

Please note that we are starting and ending at different stops with a metro ride in between. We will provide a NOL card for the journey to the final stop, however, please ensure that you carry a NOL card for your return journey back to the meeting point.

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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!
  • Friday Morning Breakfast Jaunts: Explore how various residents get their morning fix over a different sort of Dubai brunch.
  • Comparative Cultures: Learn about unexpected links and surprising similarities between cuisines from different parts of the world.
  • Interactive Cooking Demonstrations: Learn to make some new and old favourites using time tested techniques from passionate home cooks and professional chefs.
  • Adventures Beyond Dubai: Get away from the city and embark on a day-long trip to discover food, culture and stories across the other Emirates.
  • Uncharted Routes: Uncover the history, flavours and stories of lesser known cuisines and local neighbourhoods.
  • Taste Battles: Lend us your expert taste buds and help us suss out the “Best of ..” in our definitive gastronomic taste-offs.

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 sufra@fryingpanadventures.com.
  • 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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