Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi

One may not see many things in common between American and Emirati culture.  But one thing we do share is our commitment to doing things in excess.  And there’s no better way to embrace this common interest than by celebrating the American (and apparently Canadian, though we had it first) holiday of Thanksgiving.

In honor of this great tradition, we did some research and found a place that sells butterball turkeys (Spinney’s) for a mere 90 dhs (~$25) for a 6 kilo (~12 lbs) bird.


Good 'ol American made. Did you know, Butterball, founded in 1954, today accounts for 20% of turkey production in the USA (and probably 100% of the Thanksgiving turkeys in the UAE)?

On a side note, this wonderful supermarket also caters to the western folk by having a separate “Pork Only” section that is a sight for sore eyes.  You walk through poorly marked sliding doors into a heavenly pork and bacon filled smörgåsbord of hams, pork loins, frozen pork, pork belly, bacon, bacon fat, bacon bits, ham, honey glazed ham, slim jims, sausages of every make and model, and, best of all, American’s 15th favorite food (kind of), Spam. Oh, and did I mention bacon?

So we’ve planned somewhat of a potluck meal, with the Americans making the basics (turkey, mashed potatoes, candy sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, green beans) and some of the other students are making or bringing dishes of their own.  We’re looking forward to the day, and because we don’t get the NFL on cable nor can we drink, we’ll be searching for some things to talk about as well.  Please do not hesitate to submit your ideas.

Anyway, we’re all looking forward to a great Thanksgiving Day, and invite anyone near Khalifa City A on Thursday, November 26, 2009, to join us.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by mom on November 25, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Hope u got my recipes for u’r Turkey roast, etc. – submit any questions via email. great little touch on your Turkey hunt & success in procuring the “bird” – may you have many guests @u’r table, wonderful conversation, give thanks for all that you have, most importantly!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving
    Love you


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