It’s that time of the year when many establishments in the UAE get creative with lavish festive decorations. One Dubai hotel has gone above and beyond with a seven-and-a-half metre long gingerbread display that celebrates UAE’s 50th National Day and Expo 2020.
The H Dubai, located on Sheikh Zayed Road, has built a sweet structure that features the metro journey from the hotel to the Expo 2020 site.
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Visitors can marvel at a two-metre-tall replica of the hotel made out of gingerbread, and a four-metre-long Dubai Metro track, starting from the World Trade Centre station to the Expo 2020 station, along with a pedestrian walkway and a moving train that goes around the track,
The gingerbread model also includes a 1.4-metre-tall number 50 displayed with UAE flags to celebrate the country's Golden Jubilee and the pavilion at Expo 2020.
Located in the hotel lobby, the piece took a team of eight members – led by executive chef Laurent Petit and pastry chef Heirida Marica – and about 700 hours to build.
The H Dubai has gained a reputation for its truly unique festive decorations. In the past, it has created a 60kg reindeer sleigh made from chocolate and an eight-metre-long Sheikh Zayed Road replica from gingerbread and chocolate.
In 2020, the hotel created a 4.9-metre-tall gingerbread Burj Khalifa to celebrate the season.
“This festive season, we are celebrating Expo 2020 and the Golden Jubilee which marks a momentous occasion in the region, and we are truly blessed to be a part of this historical event” says chef Laurent. “The display is a mark of our appreciation for everything that Dubai has to offer.”