The tradition of serving coffee is an important aspect of hospitality in Arab societies and considered a ceremonial act of generosity and to signify the art of coffee making, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), launched a new training programme to take ahead the practice and heritage of Arabic coffee-making.
At a special launch ceremony, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Department officially inaugurated the programme led by HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, and HE Saood AlHosani, Undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi.
The Bait Al Gahwa, which translates as ‘House of Gahwa (Arabic coffee)’ is a training and certification programme aimed at passing the tradition on and preserving it for future generations.
The programme includes nine modules that cover all aspects of the heritage, history, and science of Gahwa, with the initiative aligning with DCT Abu Dhabi’s mandate to protect, preserve and promote the heritage of the emirate.
Taking place at the House of Artisans within Qasr Al Hosn, the programme will include theory and practice, audio-visual materials, and practical modules, that together will provide an exhaustive overview of Gahwa culture.
The programme’s curriculum was created with the help of consultations of renowned Gahwa heritage experts from across the UAE and Emirati speciality coffee expert and onsite partner Espresso Lab.
The training and certification programme will also offer informal training for government agencies and the private sector as well as workshops for universities and schools.
A licensing system has also been developed in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development, presenting an opportunity for any certified operator from Bait Al Gahwa to issue a commercial licence under the ‘Bait Al Gahwa’ activity.
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