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ABOUT BAIT AL GAHWA

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Bait Al Gahwa is a cultural experience involving the traditional preparation and presentation of Gahwa (Arabic coffee).

The concept is based on extensive research undertaken by the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi in order to document and safeguard an essential element of Emirati culture.

The practice of serving Gahwa communally has been a part of the Emirati tradition of hospitality and generosity for centuries, passed down from generation to generation. Not only is it a part of celebrations, it is a symbol of unity that preserves social, political and cultural associations that have helped shape Emirati society into what it is today.


Are you an entrepreneurial Emirati national who is passionate about preserving your heritage?

If so, please apply for Bait Al Gahwa Fund. Read the instructions below to find out more and follow the link to apply.

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Bait Al Gahwa invites applicants to apply to be the first certified practitioners funded by the Department.


BAIT AL GAHWA ROLES

The experience includes two roles:

  1. Sane’ Al Gahwa (maker) leads the intricate process of preparing the perfect finjan (cup) of Gahwa, he or she takes the visitor through the journey of making coffee with a performance that demonstrates all of the vital and detailed acts and rituals that must take place from roasting to finally serving Gahwa.

 

  1. Modheef's role (host) is to interpret the experience to the visitor by explaining the different acts of the Sane' and being available to answer questions from the visitor. He is also responsible to ensure that visitors enjoy the experience from checking the tickets, leading them to the space, ending with the closing of the ceremony.

TRAINING PROGRAMME

A training programme for both roles has been designed to ensure practitioners are prepared to be certified. The programme covers the traditional techniques and sequence of making Gahwa for Sane’ Al Gahwa trainees, and the script and communication skills for the Modheef trainees.


To participate in these training programmes, please click on the Modheef's  or Sane’ Al Gahwa to fill the form and register your seat. 

For general enquiries, email [email protected]

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