13-Year Old Emirati Chef Aysha AlObeidli Creates In-Flight Meal For Etihad Airways

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
13-Year Old Emirati Chef Aysha AlObeidli Creates In-Flight Meal For Etihad Airways

How often have you heard of a young 13-year old girl cooking up a storm? Well, cooking has been a passion for Aysha AlObeidli, the youngest Emirati chef. A student of the International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA Dubai), Aysha has more than 116,000 followers on Instagram. Besides, she also bagged the KidZania’s Minichef competition in 2018, and was named “the youngest Emirati chef”. And now, the young girl has partnered with UAE’s national airline Etihad to create its in-flight meal. Read on to know more.

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The Special Dessert Will Be Served As Part Of Etihad’s Kids’ Meal

As part of celebrating the UAE “Year of the 50th”. Etihad Airways has launched a series of initiatives. The airline has collaborated with the youngest Emirati chef Aysha AlObeidli to curate unique works to commemorate the special anniversary. Aysha and Etihad have formed a unique and inclusive collaboration to create a UAE-themed dessert. The pancakes will be crafted in the UAE’s flag colours of black, red, green and white, and will be served to children flying Etihad Airways on 2 December.

Etihad also released a Youtube video of the young chef creating the UAE-themed dessert. In the video, Aysha proudly speaks about her country and how her cooking draws inspiration from her nation.

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Five Other Talented Emiratis Will Also Be Featured As Part Of The Initiative

Next up on the list will be Abdulla Lutfi, a dynamic young artist who has created five works of art in his trademark playful black and white style. Abdulla’s distinct drawings of the UAE’s skylines and landscape usually feature an exaggerated humorous glimpse of everyday Emirati life.

As an artist on the autism spectrum, Abdulla uses his perspective to communicate a powerful message and view of the world that is frequently not represented. Each of the five pieces of art details a different decade in the history of the country and the series will be on display in Abu Dhabi later in the year.

Over the coming weeks, Etihad will also showcase collaborations with other Emirati leaders. Multi-award-winning Emirati painter, Abdulqader Al Rais, who pioneered the arts movement in the UAE, will produce a unique work of art in his abstract style which combines geometric shapes with Arabic calligraphy.

Zahra Lari, the five-time Emirati national champion figure skater and the first Emirati figure skater to compete internationally, will showcase her sport. Zahra, from Abu Dhabi, will release an instructional video to inspire young people to take up ice-skating, and more importantly to influence young people to never stop chasing their dreams.

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Children’s author and illustrator Maitha Al Khayat will capture the stories of Etihad to aspire children to work in aviation one day. Her illustrated book will be published around the UAE’s National Day.