UAE National Day

UAE National Day

Whether you call the UAE home or home away from home, there’s no better time to celebrate it than on December 2nd i.e. National Day. Here are a few ideas to help you make this day particularly special for you and your young ones.

Nothing says holidays better than dessert, so whip up something sweet to enjoy together. Widely considered as the official sweet of the Emirates, luqaimat are small dumplings drizzled with date molasses and sometimes honey.

  1. Add saffron and cardamom to 100 ml of warm water. Set aside.
  2. Sift flour with salt and set aside.
  3. Add sugar and yeast to 180 ml of warm water and set aside for 5 minutes.
  4. Mix flour and corn flour, saffron and cardamom mixture and stir.
  5. Gradually add the yeast mixture and keep on stirring, until the batter looks like cake batter.
  6. Leave the batter to double in size, may take 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. The batter now should have bubbles, and be somewhat bouncy.
  8. Heat oil. Take around a teaspoon from the batter, and carefully drop it in the oil, if it floats quickly, the oil is too hot.
  9. Scoop the batter with your fingers (take around 1/2 tablespoon from batter), use your thumb to push the batter off your fingers and in the oil, or take 1/2 tablespoon from batter using a spoon and push the batter off it using another spoon.
  10. After 1 minute of frying, move the luqaimat around using a wooden spoon or spatula. This will make them cook evenly.
  11. When the luqaimat are light brown, remove them from oil, and place them on kitchen paper.
  12. Pour the date syrup and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
125 g all-purpose flour 2.5 g dry yeast 6.25 g sugar 1.25 g salt 12.5 g corn flour 1.25 g cardamom powder 0.5 g saffron 87.5 ml warm water 12.5 g white sesame seeds 25 ml date syrup (or honey) 250 ml Oil for deep frying

*This recipe is courtesy of Executive Chef Aztaj Eddoukani at Anantara Eastern Mangroves.

Luckily for you, a dance as simple as this makes celebrating easy! For a beginner’s lesson, just don a jalabiya (long traditional dress), let your hair down and sway your head from left to right, tossing your hair along with it to the beat. That’s all there is to it!

Discover Dubai’s historical quarter in Dubai Creek – your daughter will love playing explorer on this side of town. For a full day out, take the abra (traditional boat) for a little adventure across the creek, then make a pit stop at Creek Park. Head back to Dubai Museum to teach your daughter about the place she calls home.

It’s that time of the year that most kids look forward to. Sit back and enjoy all the shapes and colors that light up the beautiful Dubai sky!

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