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Food Lover’s Guide to Dubai

Food Lover’s Guide to Dubai

Dubai is a gastronomic melting pot, blending culinary influences from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. From savoring Arabic meze to taking food tours that showcase its multicultural cuisine, here are Dubai’s don’t-miss foods and experiences. 

 

Must-Try Dishes

Variety is the spice of life in Dubai’s cuisine. That said, many meals start with Arabic***meze***—assorted small dishes such as***moutabel***(eggplant dip),falafel(chickpea balls), and***khubz***flatbread. For mains, locals love***mandi***—chicken or lamb with nuts, rice, and yogurt. Other staples include Indian-inspired curries and***shawarma***—lamb, chicken, or beef wrapped in pita bread—often served during dinner on Dubai’s desert tours or as on-the-go snacks. For the ultimate Middle Eastern fast food, however, try a local classic—a camel-meat burger.

 

Dubai does a mean line in sweets, desserts, and nonalcoholic drinks, too. Try ummali***(bread pudding) anddates coated in chocolate*—the latter often camel-milk chocolate. It’s also hard to miss the ritual Arabic dates andghahwa***(coffee). This traditional greeting features strong, freshly brewed coffee in small, handleless cups accompanied by fresh dates. Finally, to quench your thirst, you can’t beat Dubai’s favorite: ice-coldmint lemonade*made with lemons, sugar, and fresh mint leaves.

 

Must-Do Experiences

  • Join a food walking tour to sample Dubai’s culinary mash-up, from camel burgers to Asian-inspired snacks.
  • Discover the key role of coffee and dates in Emirati culture on a guided visit to the Al Fahidi quarter.
  • Feast on lamb shawarma during dinner at a desert camp.
  • Cool off after exploring old Dubai with a glass of sharp, mint-infused lemonade.
  • Take a dinner cruise on an Arabian dhow boat and savor local staples such as moutabel and umm ali.
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The 10 Tastings of Dubai With Locals: Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of Dubai With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Take your taste buds on a journey around Dubai’s multicultural cuisine on this private food tour. Learn about the city’s historical culinary influences while exploring souks and traditional eateries, and enjoy up to eight food stops to try local specialties and goodies. Sample fresh prawns cooked in spices, dig into a camel burger and savor saffron ice cream, lemon mint juice, stuffed vine leaves, traditional coffee, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.14
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$129.14
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Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows

Dubai Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Sand Boarding, Camel Ride & 3 Live Shows

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Head into the desert for an off-road adventure from Dubai that includes dune bashing by 4x4 vehicle and a visit to a Bedouin-style campsite, where you can indulge in desert activities like smoking from a shisha pipe or getting a henna tattoo. From traversing up and down the golden sand dunes to enjoying a barbecue dinner under the stars, soak up a bit of regional culture during this memorable day in the Arabian Desert.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.00
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$49.00
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Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai

Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai

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Exploring the Middle Eastern cuisines of old Dubai’s food scene is difficult without a guide to steer you to the right dishes and restaurants. With this small-group half-day tour, enjoy the must-tries and hear their backstories. Plus, visit a range of Middle East restaurants to ensure you experience a culinary cross-section—difficult to achieve on DIY food tours. Tastings of 10 different treats included.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.66
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Dhow Boat Dinner Cruise in Dubai

Dhow Boat Dinner Cruise in Dubai

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Enjoy the glittering lights of Deira and a delicious buffet feast on this 2-hour evening Dubai dinner cruise. Board a beautifully illuminated ‘dhow’ — a traditional Arabian sail boat — and drift along winding Dubai Creek as you gaze at twinkling landmarks such as the Al Maktoum Bridge, the National Bank of Dubai and downtown Dubai’s skyscrapers in the distance. Then, with the creek waters gently lapping at your Dubai dhow cruise boat, savor a scrumptious buffet of tasty Emirati and international dishes, with complimentary sodas and additional drinks (own expense).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00

Dubai Street Food Tour

Dubai Street Food Tour

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Give Dubai’s hotel menus a miss and experience the city's lively street food scene on an evening walking tour. Delve into Dubai’s oldest districts, and stroll through souks and neon-lit markets to visit the locals’ favorite food haunts, admiring the city lights on route. Sample a hot Indian snack and scrumptious 'shawarma' wrap, scout for goodies at the Spice Souk, and enjoy a mutton kebab for dinner at a popular restaurant. Tastings, dinner, and water included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Original Street Food Tour of Dubai: Private Tour

Original Street Food Tour of Dubai: Private Tour

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Delving into Dubai’s street food scene independently may give you just a partial picture of what the locals eat. This walking tour takes you to the top food haunts, so you can be sure to try some of the city’s favorite multi-ethnic street treats. Head deep into the Bur Dubai quarter and taste “falafel” chickpea balls, Afghani bread, and pita-wrapped kebabs, and more; all with useful tips from your guide.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.43
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$71.43

Dubai - Old Town Arabian Food Fest Private Tour Including Food Samples

Dubai - Old Town Arabian Food Fest Private Tour Including Food Samples

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Swap the guesswork of a DIY food tour in old Dubai for the inside guidance of a local with this private experience. Roam old Dubai’s multicultural eating spots and shops, and discover staples such as chicken ‘shawarma’ (kebabs), tandoori-style ‘mandi,’ baklava, and more. Plus, mingle with locals, and learn background on the dishes and eating-out tips for your Dubai stay that you’d likely miss alone. Generous food tastings are included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$139.86
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$139.86
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Walking Tour: Emirati Art and Cultural Tour From Dubai

Walking Tour: Emirati Art and Cultural Tour From Dubai

Discover traditional Emirati culture and art on a 4-hour tour of old Dubai, with a local guide. See the mud-brick wind towers and courtyards of Al Bastakiya and Al Fahidi, visit boutique art galleries, and admire the beautiful Diwan Mosque. Savor Arabic coffee and fresh dates during a fascinating interactive question and answer session about Emirati life and culture; see Deira’s glittering Gold Souk, and explore women’s role in Emirati life and art at Dubai’s Women’s Museum. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.00
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$79.00
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Dubai Street Food Small-Group Tour

Dubai Street Food Small-Group Tour

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Dubai is a melting pot of traditional and modern Indian, Asian, and Middle Eastern culinary influences. This small-group walking tour takes you into the city’s oldest districts to discover and taste the foods that make it tick. Stop at food carts for Indian snacks, explore atmospheric souks, and sample Lebanese fare at a restaurant busy with locals as your guide unravels the intricacies and history of the dishes served up. Food tastings and drinks included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$219.00
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$219.00
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