Counting over 200 nationalities among its residents, Dubai has plenty of budget dining options and many of them are in vibrant neighbourhoods.
Step outside the malls and hotels to experience culturally diverse foods at street-side spots that locals know and love. Neighbourhoods like Deira, Satwa and Karama are known for their delicious offerings that won’t empty your wallet.
Indian and Pakistani cafeterias top the list of affordable options alongside the ubiquitous Lebanese spots, but don’t forget the Iranian bakeries, African cafés and plenty more.
From the humble falafel sandwich to the juicy chicken shawarma consumed curb-side, to the never-ending thalis, stacks of parathas and family-sized rice dishes - you can expect to be fed well while discovering old Dubai and its enticing, aromatic alleyways.