Alkebulan The African Dining Hall

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design - Commercial
  • Company/Firm
    TGP International Restaurants
  • Lead Designer
    TGP International Restaurants
  • Architect
    Bluehaus Group
  • Photo Credit
    Rabih Rechdan
  • Location
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Project Date
    September 30 2021

Alkebulan The African dining hall is a celebration of the rich and diverse culture of Africa consumed through its food, music and design, curated by world-renowned chef Alexander Smalls. Alkebulan, the oldest name for Africa, translates to “mother of mankind” or “garden of Eden” and is the only name for the continent of indigenous origin. Alkebulan is a world first, celebrating the last untapped cuisine and the world’s largest hidden gem.

Alkebulan offers a unique take on the food hall model by offering an immersive cultural experience for customers. The book nook sells a curated selection of cookbooks, while art exhibits are featured throughout the space. Hanging art, layered textures, fishing nets, hanging fishing boats, graffiti, and pops of colour serve as visual anchors to tell the Alkebulan story. Alongside these traditional installations and artefacts are modern incarnations of African art, such as work by the Ghanian African American quilt artist Bisa Bulter.

The concept is centered around setting the table for Africa’s next generation of creators, not just in the kitchen, but on the stage, in the community, and the forefront of our most important social movements.