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Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai provided by Frying Pan Food Adventures

Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai

Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai
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Tour snapshot
Taste Old Dubai’s Middle Eastern flavors on a food walking tour
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
6
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Old Dubai is a hub for various Middle Eastern cuisines, making it a must-visit for foodies. Yet, exploring its eating spots is difficult if you’re unfamiliar with Dubai's different areas and transport networks. This tour lets you dive in with no travel worries and a guide offers extra insight. Sample Iranian ice cream, Lebanese baklava, and more; visit restaurants and bakeries; and get tips on finding the best foods for later.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Try diverse dishes with a guide to avoid guesswork and getting lost
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Try diverse dishes with a guide to avoid guesswork and getting lost
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Food tasting at 3 restaurants, 1 falafel cafe & 1 baklava shop.
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly if group size is larger than 6 guests (carry your own headphones with 35mm jack)
  • Professional licensed guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions
  • Headphones with 35mm jack (available for purchase on the tour or carry your own)
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Diva Gents Salon, G Floor,Al Hawari Building,Al Rigga Road,Deira,NEar Al Rigga Metro Station - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates We meet at the bicycle stands outside Al Rigga Metro Exit 2 and Diva Gents Salon on Rigga Road. We start on time! Once the trail begins, our guide won't be reachable by phone. Should you miss the group, we'd request you to arrive at Qwaider Al Nabulsi on Murraggabat road.
Additional information
  • 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 2km with stops
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • Please do message us after booking if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 6 travellers
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Food tasting at 3 restaurants, 1 falafel cafe & 1 baklava shop.
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly if group size is larger than 6 guests (carry your own headphones with 35mm jack)
  • Professional licensed guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions
  • Headphones with 35mm jack (available for purchase on the tour or carry your own)
Departure details
  • Diva Gents Salon, G Floor,Al Hawari Building,Al Rigga Road,Deira,NEar Al Rigga Metro Station - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates We meet at the bicycle stands outside Al Rigga Metro Exit 2 and Diva Gents Salon on Rigga Road. We start on time! Once the trail begins, our guide won't be reachable by phone. Should you miss the group, we'd request you to arrive at Qwaider Al Nabulsi on Murraggabat road.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Avenue Hotel, 67 Al Rigga Rd - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Our ending point is a short walk from the original starting point and from the Al Rigga metro station.
Additional information
  • 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 2km with stops
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • Please do message us after booking if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 6 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
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5.0
124 reviews
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thatmarion
London, UK285 contributions
Couples
Farida is a true local and shares her genuine love of the diverse food cultures that Old Dubai offers. From the Levant, Gulf and Middle East we sampled and learned so muchness about the influences and politics of these amazing dishes. The area was so colourful, vibrant and interesting to walk through. The stops were carefully curated well, start perfectly and are well modulated for variety.

We've done 15+ food tours in different cities and would rate this among the top 3. Really different and so full of fascinating stories, history and culture balanced with the serious business of eating great food!

Good management of hygiene, with your Covid safe kit supplied with sanitiser, wipes, spare mask and even gloves should you choose to use them. Bring (or buy) regular earphones for distanced listening while still being able to hear clearly. Expect clear tips about how much to eat at any stop, what to save space for, water any time you need and toilet stops along the way. Do arrive on time. Farida is punctual!
Written January 3, 2021
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Shaikha M
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
This tour took us through authentic middle eastern restaurants in Deira Dubai, My friend and I are very familiar with middle eastern food, yet we really think the selection and restaurants are super. The green crunchy falafel, hummus , knafeh, baklava, shawarma and the iraqi maskoof were top notch. Simple, no weird sauces and over the top concoctions, just plain simple high quality ingredients prepared well. The description and story telling shows how much research has been done on the topic. The portions can be as big as you wish but if you want to enjoy this, you will heed the advise of the guide; “pace yourself".
Written March 14, 2022
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear Shaikha, This is amazing feedback from someone who is a veteran of Middle Eastern food! This is what we strive for -- honest, good flavours that reflect and respect the region. What a pleasure to have the opportunity to serve you and your friend. We truly hope you will return for another one of our experiences in the future! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written March 16, 2022
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godon123
Bristol, TN14 contributions
Nada did an outstanding job of introducing us to the how and why of so many aspects of Middle East cuisine. She explained the historic background to so many tastes and practices, while making sure we were all well fed. This was a great evening with family and friends!
Written December 29, 2021
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear godon123, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you on not one, but two of our signature tours! We're thrilled that you enjoyed the Middle Eastern flavours and stories with Nada. The food really does take on new flavourful dimension when it's paired with it's historical and/or cultural context -- and it's great to know that this came through on the tour. We hope to serve you again in this new year! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written January 1, 2022
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Gaijin444
Munich, Germany68 contributions
The tour with our absolutely great guide Joanne was highly engaging and truly exceeded our expectations in terms of the places we visited and all the information we had received. Joanne conducted the tour on middle Eastern food & culture in an entertaining, yet highly knowledgeable way. We will definitely do another tour with Frying Pan Food adventures upon our next visit to Dubai.
Written April 24, 2022
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear Gaijin444, Thank you for choosing to do our Middle Eastern tour -- we're so pleased to know you had a fun and informative experience with Joanne! We are excited for you to return to the city so we can serve you again! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written April 26, 2022
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helsb31
Lincoln, UK17 contributions
If you’re looking to do something different in Dubai I can thoroughly recommend this food tour. We visited 5 different restaurants in the Al Rigga neighbourhood, all were excellent and we were offered so much to eat! There was a mixture of sweet and savoury and Farida’s passion & knowledge about the food & history associated with it was fantastic. We loved it so much we tracked down some more chicken shawarma’s during our trip. A brilliant, unique experience
Written June 19, 2022
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear helsb31, We're so grateful for your review and positive recommendation -- thank you for choosing to book our Middle Eastern tour! It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed both the food and Farida's style as a tour guide. And we're thrilled that we've left you addicted to shawarma! Thank you once again and we hope the future will present another opportunity for us to serve you on a tour! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written July 9, 2022
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dare FZE
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
this tour offers you a first hand dive into the rich tapestry of arabian culinary culture beyond the glitz and glamour of the high end restaurants in dubai. we explored iraqui masgouf, palestinian comfort food, persian sweets and much more… morevover, our guide nahla was equally knowledgable as she was passionate about arabian street and comfort food. i recommend this tour even though the price is slightly steep (for the food you receive)...
Written February 14, 2020
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Dear dareFZE, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review! We are glad you enjoyed the time with Nahla and appreciated the variety of food. And thank you for the feedback on our price - apart from the actual food, it also encompasses our guide's time and our experience and research so therefore it is priced accordingly. For loyal guests, we have special offers on with discounts, so please do get in touch if you are interested in more tours in the near future! We hope to see you back again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written February 16, 2020
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Tuan T
Rockville, MD298 contributions
Less than 3 hours after landing in Dubai, we met up with Farida for the "Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage" tour.  Regardless of the destination, we have always made a point of signing up for a food tour as soon as we could. Besides being the ideal way to dive into the deep end of a country's culture and cuisine, the early start affords us the option of revisiting specific locations and getting recommendations for new places. This time, we did much more than that: 2 days later, we met up with Noorin for the "Dubai Souks and Creekside Food Walk" tour.  Our first outing was so amazing, we wrote to Frying Pan expressing our interest in the second tour, and when Arva replied with the reassurance that the 2 offerings were very different, we were in.  

I have to resist the temptation to share too many details about what and where we ate on both tours; that would spoil all the surprises. But if you're still curious, I'm attaching a handful of pictures. It suffices to say that both Farida and Noorin were very passionate about Dubai's culinary offerings and their infectious enthusiasm is evident through their telling of many food origin stories, cultural quirks, and fun anecdotes. The food on both tours was delicious, the perfect combination of sweet and savory, quick bites and real dishes. By the end, we were far from hungry. We love the variety of cuisines, a reflection of the multi-ethnic makeup of the residents of Dubai.    

If you have to pick just one tour, I prefer the food from the Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage over the ones offered during the Dubai Souks and Creekside Food Walk. However, as its name implies, you'll get to see a lot more local colors with the latter, including an abra across the creek.  Forget the fancy shopping and the glistening skyscrapers, the high point of our stay in Dubai was with Frying Pan Adventures. In the humble opinion of this spicy Spingo champion, the way to the heart of Dubai is through its food. Thank you, Farida and Noorin for leading the way. 
Written February 25, 2020
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Dear Tuan (SPINGO CHAMP!), Wow - two tours over two days! Thank you for being such loyal guests! We are so happy that you experienced both these tours, and got to see Farida and Noorin in action. Your review is lovely; so thank you for taking the time to write it. Spingo Champ all the way! We hope to see you back again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written February 28, 2020
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Vteapen
1 contribution
Friends
This tour is explores all the history and interesting connections that all the different MENA cultures have in dubai through food. Residents and tourists will without a doubt enjoy the delicious foods at each stop while being regaled with all sorts of info via connected headphones which the tour hosts clearly speak into.
I could not recommend this tour company more highly for anyone who loves food.
Written February 2, 2020
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Dear Varun, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review! We are so glad that you recommend us and that you enjoyed all the delicious foods that we love too! We hope to see you again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written February 6, 2020
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Sperezgalindo
Miami, FL10 contributions
Family
We had a fantastic tour with Farida Ahmed, who is a local food expert who lives and grew up in Old Dubai. The tour is very well organized and makes you truly appreciate Dubai rich cultural and gastronomic diversity. A must tour for tourists and locals who want to discover hidden jewels and appreciate the essence of this wonderful city.
Written September 28, 2020
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear Sperezgalindo, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a positive review! We're really pleased that we had a chance to show you our favourite spots in town and share the stories of the city we've grown up in. We hope you'll return to Dubai and give us another opportunity to serve you again in the future! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written December 31, 2020
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Ranjeev
London, UK2 contributions
We had a really insightful, entertaining, and delicious experience. The knowledge shared, as well as the attention to detail made the trip amazing. We learnt so much about Dubai, Arabic culture, and delicious food. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone. In particular we would like to thank Joanne, our guide, whose enthusiasm and passion for food and culture transformed the trip.
Written April 19, 2022
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Dear Ranjeev_2, Thank you for your positive words about the Middle Eastern tour and our guide Joanne. It's wonderful to read that you appreciated the flavours, stories and little details we love to work into our experiences. We're grateful that you gave us the chance to serve you, and we hope to serve you again on our other tours in the future! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written April 26, 2022
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las424travel
las424travel
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Foodie pilgrimage
Always a fun experience joining the Frying Pan Adventure tours. The guides are knowledgeable and engaging and the
Floorvanwerven
Floorvanwerven
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Great tour!
Really great tour, for residents as well as tourists! Farida is an amazing person, full of knowledge and anecdotes
neileisner
neileisner
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A great evening, highly recommend to all
Absolutely captivating and first class experience through and though. Much learning about Dubai culture and histor
paulkL4551AY
paulkL4551AY
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Great tour, many thanks.
Great tour, many thanks. We did the Souks and Creekside walk food tour. We'll be back for another one if we're back
a_en_en_a
a_en_en_a
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One of the best activities in Dubai.
I always take friends who are visiting us in Dubai to do one of their tours and I can recommend both "Little India
smarber
smarber
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Hostess with the mostest.
Nada was the consummate hostess - knowledgeable, personable, and so informative. The food was great but the stories
9WendyS9
9WendyS9
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Highly recommend this excellent tour.
An excellent tour of the tastes and sounds of Old Dubai. We were led by Moza , an brilliant guide, with great knowl
Leah M
Leah M
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Amazing experience!
We've done food tours in various cities but this was the by far the best food tour we've ever been on. Not only was
Dubaidiva63
Dubaidiva63
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Great introduction to the more traditional side of Dubai
Love Frying pan tours. This one is as much about the place as the food with an interesting walk through the wholesa
fernandosM3375JG
fernandosM3375JG
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The best tour in dubai
The tour is so fantastic, shows a different Dubai. The food is awesome, but nothing is better than oir guide Arva.
521callief
521callief
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Foodies book this tour!
Do not hesitate to book this tour! Our guide was one of the locals herself, Farida. She was upbeat and so passionat
asg126
asg126
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A must Dubai foodie tour…
This tour is a must. Arva, our guide, was a wealth of information about the history of Dubai, the old city, culture
ellahorn12
ellahorn12
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A must-do in Dubai
I cannot say enough good things about Farida and the tour. I booked the Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage for me, my B
godon123
godon123
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Great Spice Souk Tour and much more!
Arva led 3 of us on a whirlwind tour of the spice souk, creekside and much more. She provided the historical and cu
DhruvDeepak
DhruvDeepak
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Professional, personal, delicious, delightful!
One of the great Dubai experiences. I have lived in Dubai for most of my life and was introducing my partner to the
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