Sufra: No Cutlery Please! | Dec 20

Duration: 3 HRS

Date: 20 Dec 2018

Location: Karama, Dubai

Private Tour

AED 200

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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Roll up your sleeves in the alleys of Karama to compare three cutlery-free meals across India, Ethiopia and Sudan for Dubai Design Week.

This event will run once, on December 20, 2018.

6:30PM to 9:30PM

Carry earphones for our audio guide 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 ~1km/0.6mi with stops in between.

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

Dress to walk - comfortable shoes and clothing.

The minimum age to join the tour is 14 years.

What to Expect

Despite modern influences, many Old World cultures still leave their silverware aside and encourage eating with hands.

Compare eating etiquette across three countries of the Old World – India, Ethiopia and Sudan – each of whom look at food not just as what they eat, but as the utensil itself. On this comparative food walk hosted in collaboration with Dubai Design Week, we stroll through our favourite food street of Karama and sample three different meals all consumed without cutlery. We’ll tuck into a bowl of slow-cooked foul at a Sudanese gem, cleanse our palettes with Indian street food served through a window and savour an Ethiopian home-style supper with an unmistakable motherly touch.

We will dissect these meals as we experience them, trying to understand how differences in table setting, edible cutlery, and etiquette affect our behaviour, build a unique mood and help connect all who partake of these rituals. Come with your appetites and “design hats” on.

Our route and featured tastings are subject to change.

Sudanese Restaurant

Slow-cooked fava bean stew and sausages with bread and ‘dakwa’ chili sauce, washed down with hibiscus and baobab drinks.

Indian Chaat Counter

Chutney filled puris

Ethiopian Restaurant

Selection of stews and cottage cheese served on injera bread followed by traditional coffee.

We would like to thank Dubai Design Week, our community partners, for supporting us.

We'll meet outside the Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, opposite the Spinney's near Bur Juman Mall.
Please be on time, we don't wait for latecomers!

Given the heavy traffic, limited parking, we strongly recommend that you take the metro rather than driving to the trail. If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic. The nearest metro station is Bur Juman (green and red line).

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Have questions? Here are the most frequently asked.

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  • 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.

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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