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
University & Corporate Programs
  • 140 AED per participant
  • 8-10 participants
  • 3 hours


Special Offers
  • 20% off for all visitors of The Desert Farm at the Sustainability Pavilion, the Expo 2020 Dubai
    Discounted price: 112 AED
    Note: All bookings must be made at The Desert Farm at the Sustainability Pavilion, the Expo 2020 Dubai. The minimum number of participants is 8, and the maximum is 20.
  • 20% off for group bookings of more than 20 people
    Discounted price: 112 AED
    Note: Multiple workshops will run in parallel in groups of 20 people.
  • 25% off for a joint session of the tree planting activity and the Halophytic Kitchen Lab
    Discounted price: 190 AED
    Note: The minimum number of participants is 8 people, and the maximum is 20.

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