Explore the city’s best culinary options in a day
In Dubai for just a day or two? In a city that boasts thousands of restaurants, choosing where to dine may seem overwhelming but it is possible to sample the best of the emirate if you know where to look. These culinary experiences, crafted by experts, present a world of diverse flavours over the course of one memorable evening.
#ThreeChefsDinner with FooDiva
The #ThreeChefsDinner is a concept launched by Samantha Wood, well-respected food blogger and founder of restaurant review website, FooDiva. The evening involves a dinner at a high-end restaurant, with three cooking a different course. The dinners are often themed by cuisine, and Wood works with locally-based chefs who are at the top of their game to create an unforgettable experience. The dinners are very popular and often sell out well in advance, so keep an eye on the Foodiva website to find out when the next event takes place.
Food tours with Frying Pan Adventures
If you want to uncover a lesser known side to Dubai, look no further than Frying Pan Adventures’ food trails into the heart of Old Dubai. Curated by passionate foodie, Arva Ahmed, these walking tours take you off the beaten track into tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurants tucked away in the alleys of Deira, Bur Dubai, International City and more. Whether it’s traditional Ethiopian, Palestinian, Indian, Iraqi, or Emirati, these trails offer a window into the kaleidoscope of cultures that have helped shape this city, one exotic dish at a time. There’s really no better way to discover Dubai’s true street food scene.
Cirque de Cuisine at Atlantis, The Palm
Taking progressive dining to a whole new level, the incredible Cirque de Cuisine at Atlantis, The Palm is one of Dubai’s biggest brunch events. Held seasonally, the super-sized night sees the city’s gourmands experience the best Atlantis, The Palm has to offer. Hosted in The Avenues, diners can wander between the hotel’s renowned restaurants including Nobu, Ronda Locatelli, Bread Street Kitchen, Seafire, Hakkasan, Ossiano and more, filling their plates with each restaurant’s specialty dishes. Desserts in The Lost Chambers Aquarium, plus a DJ-hosted soiree rounds off the night nicely. Call the hotel to find out the next event date.
Gourmet culinary flight at Burj Al Arab
For the ultimate Dubai experience, there’s nothing quite like the Culinary Flight at Burj Al Arab. Offering the opportunity to dine at multiple outlets at this iconic hotel, the dinner begins with starters at Scape Restaurant, an intermediate course at Al Mahara, a main course at Al Muntaha and delicious desserts at Skyview – this is one gastronomic journey that’s worth writing home about! Bookings can be made via the hotel's website.
Dine aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Then step aboard a historic maritime icon. The famed QE2 liner, anchored at Mina Rashid now welcomes guests as a floating hotel, complete with five-star amenities and restaurants. Lovingly restored to its glory days, visitors can embark on a culinary trip back in time at the fine-dining Queens Grill. The restaurant’s delightfully nostalgic 1969-themed tasting menu is a great choice, with signature dishes including foie gras and Welsh rarebit.