The carving is made with a structure in wire, which is then covered in sugar dough. The dough takes three hours to dry before it can be painted.
The woman’s hand pouring coffee symbolises the Arabic tradition of hospitality. Since all the colourings need to be edible, the gold colour is hard to achieve and has to be sprayed with an edible lacquer to make it shiny.
These carvings of the Old Souk depict vendors selling spices, clothes and carpets, representing the importance of Dubai’s trading history. They are made with salt dough, which takes three days to dry!
To create this Arabian fishing dhow, the sails are made with rice flour dough and gelatin, because this will stay strong and withstand changes in temperature.