Halophytic Kitchen Lab


The Halophytic Kitchen Lab program aims to raise public awareness about the benefits of halophytic (salt-loving) plants cultivated in desert environments as well as healthy cooking and nutrition through the preparation of halophyte-based recipes. The program is run under the project funded by the EXPO LIVE program entitled “From desert farm to fork: value chain development for innovative halophyte-based food products”. Salicornia and other halophytic crops are cultivated in selected UAE farms applying intermediate upscaling methodologies. Their produce is then transformed into innovative halophytic products marketed locally.

  1. Presentation on food security challenges and the importance of halophytic food products to fill the gap by Halophytic Scientist.
  2. Tour of ICBA field to see the plants discussed!
  3. Presentation by our nutritionist Yasmin Haddad on the nutritional benefits of these food items along with tips on healthy and sustainable food choices.
  4. Cook and eat your own meal using halophytic plants with Chef Bilal Hassan!
Topics Addressed
  1. Food and nutrition security
  2. Climate-smart and nutrient-dense saline farming
  3. Salinization issues
  4. Marginal environments
  5. Halophytic and salt tolerant plants
  6. Health and Nutrition
  7. Art of Cooking
Education Program
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  • 155 AED per participant
  • 15 - 19 participants
  • 3 hours


  • 135 AED per participant
  • 20 - 24 participants
  • 3 hours


  • 125 AED per participant
  • 25 - 30 participants
  • 3 hours


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