VIDEO: The Dubai skyline made entirely of food

DTCM commissions installation with iconic buildings for World Travel Market

The Dubai skyline, made entirely of food

Travel experts in London are this week getting a taste of the Dubai skyline as it has never been seen before – made entirely of food, with a Burj Khalifa built with corn on the cob and Burj Al Arab featuring pasta.

Commissioned by the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the art installation is intended to represent the city’s growing status as a gastronomy destination.


Created by UK-based food artist Paul Baker, it is currently on display at World Travel Market (WTM) in London and will be shipped to Dubai to be displayed during the Dubai Food Festival, which takes place February 25-28, 2015.

“To be asked to create a foodscape model of Dubai was an honour and a huge challenge,” said Baker. “We had to incorporate as many landmark buildings and geological features as possible, all made from food that wouldn’t deteriorate.

“We needed to find produce and food stuffs that not only wouldn't wilt, smell or decompose but could actually look like buildings. After all, fresh produce is not normally square or rectangular in form. The challenge was to design and construct interesting and recognisable buildings from organic-looking shapes.”

At the heart of the installation, which took a team of six three weeks to build, is the Burj Khalifa , made out of 90 cobs of corn, along with baby corn. Meanwhile, the Burj Al Arab hotel is made of tubular pasta, lasagne pasta, tortilla wraps, cheese biscuits, diced barbecue chicken, dried herbs and shortbread biscuits.

Everything in the installation is made of food, including even the sand, created from a combination of freekeh wheat, oat flakes, coconut, medium grain rice and cinnamon powder.

Other famous landmarks include:

-Dubai World Trade Centre, made of milk and white chocolate bars
-Jumeirah Emirates Towers, created a combination of white bread, pretzel sticks and roasted seaweed
-Atlantis The Palm, built with thin Italian crackers and green and flat pasta
-Palm Jumeirah, made of French batons
-Dubai Mall, constructed with green peppers, French beans, broad beans, leeks, courgettes and baby courgettes
-Dubai Metro, featuring croissants and white chocolate sticks.

This video below, made by DTCM in collaboration with production company Mench, shows how the food skyline was made:

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