THE CHAMPIONSHIPs 2019

Origins of the Championships

Arabic coffee (Gahwa) is integral to Arab hospitality, and the traditions associated with it represent a key element in the region’s heritage. Its preparation and serving comprise a symbolic act of generosity, marked by elaborate customs. Such is its significance to Arab culture, Gahwa was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2015.

In view of its central role in the region, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi will pioneer the first Gahwa Championships in the UAE capital in December 2019. Building on the success of its Bait Al Gahwa initiative, which aims to document and protect Gahwa as an essential element of Emirati culture, the Championships will test the knowledge and practice of competitors from across the region in areas such as the heritage of Gahwa; bean selection and roasting; and Gahwa preparation and serving. The Championships will also feature categories specific to roasting as well as a beverage concept award.

CATEGORIES

The Championships will consist of five categories, all designed to test the knowledge and practice of participants in areas such as the heritage of Gahwa, bean selection and roasting, and preparation and serving. The Championships will also feature categories specific to roasting and a beverage concept award category.

SANE’ AL GAHWA CHAMPIONSHIP

SANE’ AL GAHWA CHAMPIONSHIP
LIGHT ROAST

With a grand prize of AED 125,000 for the winner and a runner-up prize of AED 40,000, the Sane’ Al Gahwa – Light Roast category challenges competitors to achieve the best light roast brew using pre-roasted and ground beans, whilst you explain the steps, ingredients and heritage of the process to the audience. In this category, you will be evaluated on your Gahwa knowledge, bean selection and preparation. This category is open to all. See Guidelines
Note: Full Rules & Regulations for Gahwa Championships 2019 will be shared with participants after initial selection phase.

SANE’ AL GAHWA CHAMPIONSHIP
MEDIUM / DARK ROAST

With a grand prize of AED 125,000 and a runner-up prize of AED 40,000, the Sane’ Al Gahwa – Medium/Dark Roast category challenges competitors to achieve the best medium/dark brew using pre-roasted and ground beans, whilst you explain the steps, ingredients and heritage of the process to the audience. In this category, you will be evaluated on your Gahwa knowledge, bean selection and preparation. This category is open to all. See Guidelines
Note: Full Rules & Regulations for Gahwa Championships 2019 will be shared with participants after initial selection phase.

GAHWA ROASTER AWARD

GAHWA ROASTER AWARD
LIGHT ROAST

With a prize of AED 25,000, the Gahwa Roaster Award challenges contestants to present the best light roasted beans, to be blind tasted by specialist judges. This category is open to individuals and roasting houses. See Guidelines
Note: Full Rules & Regulations for Gahwa Championships 2019 will be shared with participants after initial selection phase.

GAHWA ROASTER AWARD
MEDIUM / DARK ROAST

With a prize of AED 25,000, the Gahwa Roaster Award challenges contestants to present the best medium and dark roasted beans, to be blind tasted by specialist judges. This category is open to individuals and roasting houses. See Guidelines
Note: Full Rules & Regulations for Gahwa Championships 2019 will be shared with participants after initial selection phase.

Gahwa Beverage Concept Award

GAHWA BEVERAGE CONCEPT AWARD

With AED 20,000 in prize money for the winner, the Gahwa Beverage Concept Award will recognise the most inventive hot or cold concept beverage starring Gahwa. Specialist judges for this category will assess beverages based on their ingenuity, flavour and presentation. This category is open to all. See Guidelines
Note: Full Rules & Regulations for Gahwa Championships 2019 will be shared with participants after initial selection phase.

THE JUDGES

Abdulla Al Mheiri

Judge, Sensory
United Arab Emirates

Abdulla Al Mheiri

has been a coffee enthusiast for more than a decade and is a passionate entrepreneur. He is a member of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and won...
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Abdulla Khalfan Al Yammahi

Judge, Heritage
United Arab Emirates

Abdulla Al Yammahi

also known as Abdullah Al Hamour, is a researcher, author and heritage expert in the United Arab Emirates. Among his most notable works is Etiquette...
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Abdullah Bin Kulayb

Judge, Heritage
Kigndom Of Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Bin Kulayb’s

passion lies in heritage and coffee. He travelled across the world to discover sources of coffee and its associated cultural heritage, to countries such...
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Fatima Al Mughanni

Judge, Heritage
United Arab Emirates

Fatima Al Mughanni

is a certified instructor in the United Arab Emirates Sane Programme, an initiative focussed on traditional etiquette of the Council of Ministers...
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Khaled Al Saadi

Judge, Sensory
United Arab Emirates

Khaled Al Saadi

is a young entrepreneurial Emirati chef who is passionate about crafting new culinary experiences...
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Mohammed Al Sharhan

Judge, Heritage
Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Al Sharhan

is an oral historian, narrator, and heritage expert. He collected his knowledge on majlis heritage, poetry and genealogy through studying elders of the...
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Osamah Al-Awwam

Judge, Roasting
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Osamah Al Awwam

is the founder and manager of one of Saudi Arabia’s first speciality coffee roasters, The Roasting House. His passion and interest in coffee turned into a business and it has...
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Sara Al-Ali

Judge, Sensory
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Sara Al-Ali

was a finalist in the 2017 World Cezve/Ibrik Championship and was awarded second place at the 2017 MENA Cezve/Ibrik Championship.
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Tim Sturk

Judge, Sensory
Canada/ UK

Tim Sturk's

passion for coffee education and development has been recognised with numerous awards, including the Outstanding Contribution to European Coffee...
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Yaser Al Neyadi

Master of Ceremony / Host
United Arab Emirates

Yaser Al Neyadi

Yaser Al Neyadi is an actor, filmmaker, presenter and writer. He studied mass communication (television and film)...
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PARTNERS

VENUE

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

 Location: Al Khaleej Al Arabi St – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
 

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre is a highly accessible exhibition venue. Just 20 minutes by road from Abu Dhabi International Airport, ADEC is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi. It is also easily accessible by road from Dubai’s two major airports, being 90 minutes from Dubai International Airport and 60 minutes from Al Maktoum International Airport/Dubai World Central.

FAQ's

FAQs: General

The Championships will be part of SIAL Abu Dhabi 2019 – a major annual F&B and hospitality fair – which will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre is a highly accessible exhibition venue. Just 20 minutes by road from Abu Dhabi International Airport, ADEC is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi. It is also easily accessible by road from Dubai’s two major airports, being 90 minutes from Dubai International Airport and 60 minutes from Al Maktoum International Airport/Dubai World Central.

Click here for directions.

Visitors to ADNEC may use either of the two on-site car parks, which together can accommodate up to 6,000 vehicles. Disabled parking spaces are also available, offering improved accessibility to the venue.

Opening hours are from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on December 9–10; and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on December 11.

Free internet access will be provided to visitors throughout the venue.

Yes, special access for people of determination will be provided at the entrance to the venue. Should further or more specific support be required, please notify the organisers prior to the event by email at: gahwachampionships@dctabudhabi.ae

You can get in touch with by visiting www.gahwachampionships.ae, emailing us at gahwachampionships@dctabudhabi.ae or calling us on +971 (0)505150131.

Entry to the event is free of charge; however, you must register as a visitor at the venue so please approach the registration desk.

The event is open to people of all ages; however, those under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

FAQs: Participants

Registration for competitors is now closed. Please enter your email below to receive news, information and updates regarding the Championships.

If you have applied for any of the categories the organizer will contact you by email or phone by 15 November 2019.

There is no minimum age for participants; however, all participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Free internet access will be provided to all participants throughout the venue.

Yes, special access for people of determination will be provided at the entrance to the venue. Should further or more specific support be required, kindly notify the organisers prior to the event.

You do not need to be a recognised gahwa specialist or practitioner to enter, but you will need to demonstrate a passion for this intrinsic Arab cultural heritage.

Yes, participants may compete in multiple categories.

Each category is evaluated differently. For example, Sane’ Al Gahwa categories evaluates participants on their knowledge of gahwa, bean selection and preparation, the roasting process or creativity in beverage preparation and design.

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