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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.
  • 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
4h 15m
Return Details
Sadaf Restaurant, Opp. Concord Hotel، Riqqa Al Buteen Plaza - Al Maktoum Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • 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
  • 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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We went on the Middle Eastern Food tour at the start of October and it was brilliant. The starting point is really easy to find by the exit from Al Rigga metro station. Would strongly advise all those coming from south of the creek to use this method to get there as traffic can
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Really enjoyed the Middle-Eastern food tour. We went to a bunch of cool places and had some amazing food. Definitely a must-do if you want to experience the melting pot of cultures that is Dubai. Nahla was our guide and she was great, very knowledgeable and friendly. Thanks!
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Response from FryingPanTeam, Business Development Manager at Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Flitwick87, Thank you so much for your lovely review! Glad you enjoyed our favourite places with us; and thank you for appreciating Nahla! We hope to see you back again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
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I cannot speak highly enough of this tour. I have been lucky enough to do two tours, Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai and the driving tour with frying pan adventurous and thoroughly enjoyed both. They are well ran, with great food and you also learn a lot about
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Response from FryingPanTeam, Business Development Manager at Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Debbie, Thank you for having liked us enough to do two tours! We love when our guests keep coming back for more and we are so glad you enjoyed the food and got a chance to learn about our hometown Dubai. Thank you again for a positive review. Our guides would love to see you back again too! Hope to serve you for round 3 and onwards! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
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In a city that reaches for the sky with glitzy high rise hotels and apartments this experience gives you a taste of the “real” Dubai. Based in Deira, the older working part of Dubai the experience covers eating at Lebanese, Egyptian, Iraqi and Iranian restaurants. Not only do
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Response from FryingPanTeam, Business Development Manager at Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Alan, Thank you for your positive review! We love that you enjoyed old Dubai and the amazing cuisine that it has to offer! Glad that you enjoyed the group and stories that were shared; along with enjoying time with our local guide. We hope to see you back again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
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What a great experience walking through the streets of Old Dubai with a local. Farida was very knowledgble and passionate about her local area and the food. There was more than enough food which replace the evening meal. Can highly recomend.
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