Sufra Memberships Now Available

Get exclusive discounts on our limited edition series of food and culture experiences

Join Our Sufra Community

Sufra
’s^f:frә
Noun
an Arabic term for a traditional communal spread; a shared experience of feasting.

We would love to have you join as a Sufra community, sign up now for a Sufra membership extending from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019.

Become a Sufra Member

Go beyond our signature tours to explore exciting specialty feasts, uncharted culinary routes and contrasting food cultures in the U.A.E.

We’ve collaborated with friends, podcast guests and favourite restaurants to curate a nine-month menu, starting October 2018, of Sufra experiences under the following themes:

  • Friday Morning Breakfast Jaunts: Explore how various residents get their morning fix over a different sort of Dubai brunch.
  • Comparative Cultures: Discover unexpected links and surprising similarities between cuisines from different parts of the world.
  • Interactive Cooking Demos: Learn to make specialty dishes using time tested techniques from passionate home cooks and professional chefs.
  • Adventures Beyond Dubai: Venture beyond Dubai 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.

September to May; 3-4 experiences per month; timings vary based on experience.

Experiences starting at AED 200.00 per person; discounts of AED 100.00+ for Sufra members.

Group sizes vary based on the experience; an average group size of 10 to 15 people.

Most experiences are for individuals aged 12+; some experiences may be open to children.


What to Expect

Download our program guide to get a sampling of what experiences we’re lining up for Sufra. Please read the terms and conditions of our Sufra membership programme here.


Upcoming Events


Sufra: Bombay Burger Battle | Oct 27

Judge five candidates for Mumbai's street-style chubby potato and chutney sliders, on a critical taste-off through Meena Bazaar’s bylanes.

Sufra: No Cutlery Please! | Nov 13

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

Sufra: Tales of Gahwa | Nov 24

Venture out to listen to Madam Ghaya Al Dhaheri, an Emirati storyteller recount the history of Gahwa and life in the oasis.

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!
  • 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 can join any Sufra experience as a member or as a non-member, as a resident or tourist, simply by booking any of the listed Sufra events below.

By becoming a Sufra member! Learn more and sign up for the Sufra membership by visiting our Sufra community page.

  • Discounts on every Sufra event, amounting to at least AED 220.00 worth of savings across our events every month for 9 months of the programme*, or an estimated AED 1,980 of savings through the year. This pays for your upfront membership twice over!
  • First dibs on booking the limited spots for any event. We open up event bookings to members for a week before it goes live for the public.
  • 10% annual personalized discount code which you may use across any of our signature public food tours (Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage, Little India on a Plate, Spice Souk and Creekside Food Walk) and Frying Pan gift vouchers for yourself and your friends/family, throughout the duration of your membership, as long as the booking is made under your name.

*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!

  • 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.

You may read the terms and conditions of our Sufra membership programme here.

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