Over one hundred guests packed the SMCCU Bastakiya house for a Cultural Lunch to kick off Art Dubai Week. The Bastakiya’s Sikka Art Fair is one of the many venues around the city, and the works on display feature local artist, an initiative by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. The crowd was treated to a tradtional Emirati style lunch of Machboos, Fareed, Nekhi, and for dessert Lughamat with Dibbs or date syrup. Guests enjoyed a short talk about the local culture delivered by our Emirati hosts, and were encouraged to ask questions. Ladies were interested in the “art” of wearing the traditional Emirati Abaya, and when and how it became a part of the culture. The SMCCU is always keen to support the art community in Dubai and wish them a successful week. Art Dubai runs from now until the 25th of March.