Eat your way around Dubai
Cuisine and Dining
The local duo behind Frying Pan Adventures have lived in Dubai all their lives and know their biryani from their baklava. Sisters Arva and Farida Ahmed host a range of boutique food tours during different times of the year, which take diners off the beaten path through the culturally diverse side of Old Dubai.
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The local duo behind the food tour company, Frying Pan Adventures, have lived in Dubai all their lives and know their biryani from their baklava. Sisters Arva and Farida Ahmed host a range of boutique tours during different times of the year, which take diners off the beaten path through the culturally diverse side of Dubai.
Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage
"One of the best ways to get a feel of a place and really digest the local culture is through walking the streets and discovering the local food," says Arva. Held during the cooler months, this four-hour Middle Eastern-themed walking tour takes you through the backstreets of Deira. The tour lets visitors immerse themselves in the region's long-held food traditions, from watching your falafel be hand-shaped and cooked, to learning how to detect grades of saffron and follow good coffee drinking etiquette. Along the way, you'll gobble everything from freshly baked Egyptian feteer to green hummus, Emirati cuisine and traditional Syrian pistachio ice-cream.
Dubai Souks and Creekside Food Walk
Iconic Old Dubai and its historical neighbourhoods are the highlight of this heritage tour. Explore the twists and turns of the souks, covering must-visit sites including the spice and textile souks, the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, and a traditional abra ride down the iconic Dubai Creek. The walking tour will champion the three pillars of old Dubai cuisines, with traditional Emirati, Indian and Iranian meals being enjoyed by your group. An immersive experience, you will learn about the city's daily way of life and the historical importance of Dubai Creek for local residents.
Little India on a Plate
"Our food tours bring people into the lesser known areas of Old Dubai, beyond the touristy spots and the souks which tend to be the only way people see the old part of town," says Arva. Taking place in Meena Bazaar, one of Dubai's most underrated local dining spots, this tour through 'Little India' aims to dispel stereotypes associated with the South Asian cuisine. It introduces diners to messy street snacks, the best Indian breads beyond naan and how to serve them with pickled chutneys, and where to find the best Punjabi chicken tikka in Dubai. With over ten different Indian food tastings across the Bur Dubai neighbourhood, you'll munch on the same dishes Dubai's own Indian community return to night after night.
Emirati cooking class
This hands-on experience takes your group to the kitchen to discover how to cook like an Emirati. Learn how to cook a selection of classic Emirati dishes with Chef Uwe Micheel, Director of Kitchens at Radisson Blu Deira Creek, before sitting down to enjoy eating the meal you've just created. Using recipes handed down through local families, you will prepare four hearty courses. Using local ingredients – some only available in the region – discover the authentic and unique flavours of loomi, bezar and malleh as you add them to the recipe. Each guest leaves with recipe cards and the chef's signature spice blend, so you can recreate the impressive Arabic meal at home.
Find out more about Dubai's growing culinary scene, book a table at the city's best restaurants and treat your tastebuds to a three-day foodie itinerary.
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