A Window into Abu Dhabi Culture: Culinary Diplomacy Lunch with United Arab Emirates Embassy

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | Tuesday, Feb. 26
The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates,
3522 International Ct NW, Ste 400, Washington, DC 20008

Media Contact:
Shayna Horwitz | (202) 293-2302 | shorwitz@meridian.org

February 21, 2019
Meridian International Center


On Tuesday, Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C., are opening a window to the diverse cultures of the UAE through a salon lunch discussion on culinary diplomacy. 

Cultural influencers and food aficionados from across D.C. will come together to learn about the rich cuisine of Abu Dhabi, which for decades has influenced chefs, writers, educators, and diplomats in the region. Guests will enjoy dishes prepared from the cookbook “Table Tales: The Global Nomad Cuisine of Abu Dhabi”, whose author will speak about the food traditions as part of a panel discussion with other culinary and cultural luminaries from the UAE and the United States. 

WHAT: Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. Culinary Diplomacy Lunch and Panel Discussion 

Welcome Remarks: 

Dana Al Marashi, Head of Heritage & Social Affairs for the UAE Embassy 

Panel Discussion: 

Natalie Jones, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Meridian, in conversation with:  

  • Marjon Ajami, Executive Chef and Founder of Nolu's Downtown (Abu Dhabi) 
  • Bill Bragin, Executive Artistic Director of The Arts Center at New York University Abu Dhabi  
  • Ambassador Barbara Leaf, former U.S. Ambassador to the UAE 
  • Hanan Sayed Worrell, Author of “Table Tales: The Global Nomad Cuisine of Abu Dhabi” 

WHERE: Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C.
3522 International Court NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20008 


  • 11:30 AM: Panel Discussion 
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch and Networking 



Meridian International Center is a diplomatic and global leadership institution that strengthens U.S. engagement with the world and accelerates collaboration through the exchange of leaders, ideas and culture. 

This program was designed by our cultural experts in the Meridian Center for Culture Diplomacy, which is the leading center in the United States that employs the arts and culture as a tool of diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding. 

The Embassy of the UAE in Washington, D.C., is the diplomatic mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United States.  

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