Food Revolution Day in the UAE: tackling obesity

Our guide to how to get involved in Food Revolution Day in the UAE, a campaign aimed at tackling the recent rise in obesity across the world.

Vegetarian chilli. Matt Russell
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Hold a dinner party

The rules for this one are simple: you can invite whomever you want and cook whatever your heart (or stomach) desires, provided the ingredients are as fresh and local as possible, with a strict ban on processed goods.

Check out the ideas page on the website, download the dinner party kit or browse through a selection of Jamie Oliver recipes for inspiration. Register the dinner party online and it will appear on the world map of events.

Create a local food event

Given that Saturday is just three days away, this might sound like a bit of a tall order but should the urge strike, there is still time to create your own local, fundraising food event. Suggestions include: a farmers' market tour (try Ripe at Dubai Garden Centre), stage a cooking class or demonstration, hold a bake-off or gather friends together for a potluck picnic.

Attend an event

Sarvin Haghighi, a health and well-being enthusiast from Iran, is giving a Listen To Your Body talk at 11am on Saturday at Jamie's Italian, Festival City, Dubai. She will be providing tips for making changes to diets, suggesting alternatives to processed snacks and demonstrating how to make her signature green smoothie. Spaces are limited, so register at

Ayesha Sayed is heading up a team of students from the UAE University's Al Maqam Campus in Al Ain who have organised their own Food Revolution Day event. The event is free to attend and will run from noon until 9pm on Saturday. For more information email Directions are available online at