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Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai

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Join a friendly resident food-lover and certified guide who will take you through our favorite Middle Eastern restaurants and shops in the bustling district of Murraggabat in Deira. We walk from one restaurant to another, sampling 10 different treats and sharing stories of Dubai and of food along the way.

Our food tour route covers a spectrum of flavours from across the Middle East – herb green falafels and creamy hummus from the Levant, street-style flaky pizza from Egypt, cardamom-scented Arabic coffee from the Gulf, giant smoked fish and tangy mango pickle from Iraq and saffron-infused ice cream from Iran. In addition, we experience the time-tested customs of Arabic coffee, sample fresh sweet cheese pastry right off the stove and become saffron savants as we stroll over to our “Ali Baba’s cave” of exotic ingredients.
Highlights
  • Taste Old Dubai’s Middle Eastern flavors on a food walking tour
  • Try diverse dishes with a guide to avoid guesswork and getting lost
  • Try Iranian ice cream, Persian falafel, and more, and learn their history
  • Small-group tour, with tastings at five stops amounting to dinner
What to Expect
Meet your guide and others in your small group of twelve or fewer in central Deira in Dubai. Come hungry as the tastings amount to dinner. Then, set off on foot to explore bustling Murraggabat. This colorful area is home to many different restaurants serving various Middle Eastern cuisines. Hear tales of the area’s gastronomy from your guide and visit several food spots to sample different dishes. Let your taste buds revel in a cheese pastry and tahini-drizzled falafel filled with greens, as you hear about their roots and recipes. Savor some spicy traditional Iraqi fare and an Iranian ice cream studded with pistachio nuts. Plus, try gooey Lebanese baklava (syrup-soaked filo parcels) and discover where to buy Iranian “sargol” saffron. As you walk and taste, hear entertaining stories and trivia about the foods, learning about their flavors and place in Dubai’s culinary scene. Your tour then concludes in Deira.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Diva Gents Salon, G Floor,Al Hawari Building,Al Rigga Road,Deira,NEar Al Rigga Metro Station - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Duration
4h 15m
Return Details
Sadaf Restaurant, Opp. Concord Hotel Bldg - Riqqa Al Buteen Plaza - Al Maktoum Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Food tasting at 2 restaurants, 1 falafel cafe, 1 baklava shop and 1 specialty food store
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly if group size is larger than 6 guests
  • Professional licensed guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Opportunities to Purchase: Saffron, Baklava, Arabic cookies, Iranian dates, Pomegranate molasses, Nuts (including pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios)
  • Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 14 years
  • Please advise of any specific dietary requirements or serious food allergies at the time of booking or at least 48 hours in advance of the tour
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved approximately 3km
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not suitable for those with serious food allergies including gluten, nuts and dairy
  • All food is ordered in advance and we may be unable to provide substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Highly recommanded if you want to discover a complete different side of Dubaï, this a unforgettable food marathon ! Our guide Nahla provided lots of cultural insights and we were blessed to taste a genuine kanufa cooked especially for us !
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Wonderful tour- lots of information, lots of fabulous places visited ( a really wide range of different cultures) and more food than you can eat! its a must do in Dubai!
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Response from FryingPanTeam, Business Development Manager at Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Catherine, We are so happy that you loved all the restaurants you visited! And yes our job is to feed you! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review. We hope to see you again soon. Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
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Something everyone should do when visiting Dubai. Stephanie our host was very friendly, welcoming and informative. The tour was good fun and the food was amazing. I can highly recommend to anyone.
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Response from FryingPanTeam, Business Development Manager at Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Moira, Thank you for recommending us! We are so happy that you had fun and found the food to be amazing! Thank you for your kind words for Stephanie as well. We hope to see you again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
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The walk was very interesting, culturally informative and we got to sample some very tasty food. Our host Ms. Farida Ahmed was entertaining, charming and full of anecdotes that made the walk a pleasant experience. Gerald Davids.
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Response from FryingPanTeam, Business Development Manager at Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Gerald, Thank you for appreciating Farida! We are happy that you found the experience informative and tasty! We hope to see you again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
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We loved this food tour, albeit on the pricey side. That aside, as a group of 11, mostly American ex-pats and travelers, we visited 7 eateries. There was plenty of new and interesting regional foods to eat, and we finished the tour full and happy. We sampled amazing, fresh
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Response from FryingPanTeam, Business Development Manager at Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Sunshine Girl, We are so glad you enjoyed the experience and the food! Also glad that you were happy and full by the end of it! Thank you for your positive review and for appreciating Nahla. We hope to see you again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
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By: Frying Pan Food Adventures
822 reviews
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579dominiqueg
1612
In Deira Dubaï : the whole food of the ME !
Highly recommanded if you want to discover a complete different side of Dubaï, this a unforgettable food marathon
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Ken216
La Jolla, California
10
Good value, lots of food!
The spice tour was interesting and food was plentiful. We loved it. Highly recommend. Come hungry!!!!!!
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Helena C
61
Amazing walking tour!
Loved this tour! So much info on history, culture, traditions and food of Dubai! The souks were colourful and
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Helena C
61
Fabulous food tour!
Amazing Indian food and very interesting tour around "Little India" in Dubai. Great variety of different types of
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Chelsea N
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
92
Great food tour in old Dubai
This tour is a must! You get to walk thru the souks, stopping at a few stands, hearing history. Then go to other
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183catherine
Adelaide, Australia
20
Fabulous!
Wonderful tour- lots of information, lots of fabulous places visited ( a really wide range of different cultures)
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AlexandraTragaki
Athens, Greece
328
The old Dubai is still there....well hidden
An interesting and delicious way to discover a much less known (at least to Europeans) face of Dubai. Nice tour
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MoiraS142
Manchester, United Kingdom
31
Middle Eastern Feast
Something everyone should do when visiting Dubai. Stephanie our host was very friendly, welcoming and informative.
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gastronautvic
Sainte-Anastasie, France
203
Great taste of Dubai
Very interesting tour with a very knowledgable guide. Very well organised with good earphone system. Highly
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gard25
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
20
Middle East food pilgrimage December 2019
The walk was very interesting, culturally informative and we got to sample some very tasty food. Our host Ms.
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EvaKatharinaM
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3415
Delicious, wonderful evening
I did the Middle Eastern Pilgrimage tour together with 2 friends. Stephanie, our tour guide was simply amazing.
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SunshineGirl2929
Newport Beach, California
433228
Lovely, Informative & Fun Food Tour of Deira
We loved this food tour, albeit on the pricey side. That aside, as a group of 11, mostly American ex-pats and
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M9130TZmandyr
20
Foodie cultural tour of Dubai
We both thoroughly enjoyed our culinary tour of the old souks in Dubai with our excellent guide Noorin. Excellent
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SamDeeEattheWorld
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
63
A mouthful of goodness!
We simply CANNOT get enough of the tours Frying Pan Adventures puts together. I think my husband and I have done
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FlorDesAlpes
Geneva, Switzerland
31
What an experience! Such a fantastic way of discovering a very important and mostly unknown part of Dubaï!
This food walk was the Highlight of my stay in Dubaï! Our guide Farida was so interesting, letting us know so much
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