• LOCATION 21 | On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats

    Dallah Mural

    Stop and look up to your right here, just before the alley.

    Can you see a mural of two hands pouring coffee using a traditional Emirati coffee pot?

    Coffee pots – called dallah in Arabic – have also become a national symbol, like falcons. Next time you pull out a one dirham coin, check the back of it. You'll see a pot almost identical to the one in the mural.

    Okay, let’s keep going straight.

    Dallah are a symbol of Emirati hospitality – of taking time to sit with friends, acquaintances or loved ones. They’re also an everyday example of how Emirati traditions aren’t washed away by the rising tide of modernity.

    If you find yourself strolling along the creek in the evening here, or maybe walking along a beach, you might pass groups of Emiratis drinking coffee from a dallah – and you might be invited to join them for a cup. Accept their offer by all means! I guarantee that you’ll find the conversation rewarding.

On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats