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Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai
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Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai

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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.

Ages 14-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
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Live guide: English
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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
  • Small-group tour, with tastings at five stops amounting to dinner

  • Bottled water
  • Food tasting at 3 restaurants, 1 falafel cafe & 1 baklava shop.
  • Professional licensed guide
  • Use of our audio receiver system and free earphones to hear the guide more clearly.
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions

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.

Start:
  • Diva Gents Salon, G Floor,Al Hawari Building,Al Rigga Road,Deira,NEar Al Rigga Metro Station - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Kindly meet us at the bike stands outside Diva Gents Salon on Rigga Road. Guide in "Keep Calm - I'm Your Food Tour Guide" t-shirt. Starts promptly on time! If late, WhatsApp number provided for location. Guide may not answer calls during tour. Latecomers take the responsibility to join group.
End:
  • المطعم الايطالي, 788F+FVR - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Our ending point is a short walk from the original starting point and from the Al Rigga metro station.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 44548P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • Tour may be cancelled if there are less than 3 participants and rescheduling options or full refund provided.
  • All food is ordered in advance and we may be unable to provide substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions.
  • Please do message us after booking if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai?
Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai price starts from $141.93. Discover and book Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai on Tripadvisor
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  • You'll start at
    Diva Gents Salon
    G Floor,Al Hawari Building,Al Rigga Road,Deira,NEar Al Rigga Metro Station - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Kindly meet us at the bike stands outside Diva Gents Salon on Rigga Road. Guide in "Keep Calm - I'm Your Food Tour Guide" t-shirt. Starts promptly on time! If late, WhatsApp number provided for location. Guide may not answer calls during tour. Latecomers take the responsibility to join group.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Diva Gents Salon
  • 1
    Al Muraqqabat
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Al Muraqqabat
    Stop: 70 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    المطعم الايطالي
    788F+FVR - Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Our ending point is a short walk from the original starting point and from the Al Rigga metro station.
    See address & details
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  • Frying Pan Food Adventures
    978
    United Arab Emirates
  • sumayyaha18
    0 contributions
    Getting to know Dubai better
    Our group of 5 absolutely loved our tour.The food, the smells, the back alleys and the entire vibe was just amazing.Now I can finally call Dubai home after this amazing tour. Can’t wait for the next tour
    Written February 14, 2024
  • conorh831
    0 contributions
    Truly an amazing tour which allows you to taste and experience the lesser known side of Dubai
    One of the best tours I have been on globally. truly an amazing tour which brought Dubai to life for me and my wife. Amazing to walk through market, to taste the street food, and finish off the night with an amazing dinner
    Written February 2, 2024
  • iloveburritos
    0 contributions
    Amazing Food Tour and Great Tour Guide
    Arva is extremely knowledgeable and kept the group so engaged. Excellent food picks and amazing dinner to follow. A definite must do if you’re in Dubai.
    Written January 21, 2024
  • zinturner
    0 contributions
    A Great Way to Explore the City
    Arva has masterfully curated a food tour like no other. We tasted flavors, explored alleyways that we had no idea existed in Dubai. We also learned a lot about the history of the UAE that explained much of what was on offer at the old souks. As a long-time resident of the city, I felt like I was discovering it for the first time.
    Written January 14, 2024
  • jane-acs
    0 contributions
    Amazing experience
    I did the Dubai Souks and Creekside Food Walk tour with my mom and cousins. Prior to the tour, I already had high expectations due to the good reviews I read. Suprisingly, it did not disappoint! I enjoyed every bit of it, learning about the history of Dubai and knowing more about the food and spices! Was really insightful! Arva made the tour interactive and fun. Never a boring moment, but also not overwhelming with too much info. Highly recommended! I would have love to book another tour with them if only we have longer vacation days and $$$. LOL! But will definitely do if I come back in Dubai. Thanks Arva and team for the wonderful experience!
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Lisa F
    0 contributions
    Best way to spend an evening
    We love doing food tours wherever we travel and I particularly love being a food tourist in my own backyard. I have done several of the Frying Pan tours over the years and they never disappoint. It is a great way to eat some fantastic food, see some of old Dubai and learn a bit about the history and culture. I highly m, highly recommend any of their tours for visitors to Dubai and/or residents
    Written December 29, 2023
  • JFabLondon
    0 contributions
    Perfect tour for families
    Arva led us on an amazing tour and was brilliant with the four children in our group, aged from 6 to 9 years. The food was delicious and the facts, information and insight Arva was able to weave into our morning was fascinating and engaging. We are so pleased we booked this experience and would recommend it to anyone who wants to see a different side to Dubai.
    Written October 27, 2023
  • BurjBetty
    0 contributions
    Phenomenal Little India Food Tour in Dubai
    I've done about five Frying Pan Adventure tours and have had a blast every single time. We like to take visiting friends on these street food tours to give them a taste of the other side of Dubai, the more authentic and genuine side. And (in my opinion) the tastier side of Dubai. Our most recent tour was in October 2023 and we treated my nephew to the Little India tour. We had such a wonderful evening, absolutely stuffing our faces full of delicious Indian treats. It was truly a very special way to spend an evening, and I'd really recommend the private tour. It's a little bit more expensive, but the personal attention you receive is well worth the extra dirhams. Our guide this time was Farida, one of the two founders of the company. And what a pleasure it was to trek through the back streets of Bur Dubai with someone who is so knowledgeable, and so obviously loves the food of the area. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to discover the tastes and vibes of Indian food in Old Dubai. Some of the best food I've ever tasted. FIVE BIG STARS!!!
    Written October 16, 2023
  • nicola-louise93
    0 contributions
    Fantastic
    We visited Dubai in September and had to do a food tour, as we do one in every city we visit! Arab was a fantastic guide, full of information, tips and great snack stops! We did the souls walking tour and throughly enjoyed the company, informative tour and delicious and May I add different food! Unlike anything we’d eaten in ‘New’ Dubai. We both loved the meal at the end of the stop and the aircon was a welcome respite from the September heat! The water and goodie back came in handy, and if you ran out of water Arva would quickly get more. Thankyou so much and would recommend this tour to anybody! Sorry it’s taken so long to leave a review. - Spingo Winner Nicola & Stephen
    Written October 11, 2023
  • FarAway37935413185
    0 contributions
    Thanks Arva for the trip in Old Dubai
    Arva is a wonderfull guide who took us through authentic places of Dubau old city, told many interesting stories and gave the opportunity to try local food.
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Liz I
    0 contributions
    Authentic , street food tour which takes in the sights and smells of old Dubai.
    Absolutely fabulous experience led by Frying Pan host, Arya. To explore off the beaten track old Dubai with a knowledgable, patient and friendly guide was a great way to see around corners. Snack choices were sublime, taking in different food requirements. It was a fun walk, despite the humidity and Arva really bought the trip to life with her extensive knowledge of history and food. The walk include a trip across the creek and ended in a beautiful restaurant where we followed the tradition of taking off shoes and eating on the floor. This small business has really thought of everything (even the sustainable cutlery). If you only have a couple of hours to explore the town authentically, this trip is the one for you!
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Seaside291938
    0 contributions
    Wonderful!
    Amazing experience! Our tour guide Arva gave us a detailed description of the history of the neighborhood, culture in Dubai and introduced us to new flavors and foods. We always do a food tour as a first activity when we visit new places but this one was extra special. What a great way to start our visit to Dubai. Thanks Arva and Frying Pan Adventures for the amazing night!
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Andrea Mark and J
    0 contributions
    Fabulous food from friendly frying pan adventures
    Arva is a fantastic guide, she took us on a special 3.5 hour Dubai Souks and Creekside evening walk and we had tasty, interesting local food from places we would not have known existed, or have been likely to visit. All of the places held special historical significance. The pace of the walking was relaxed, we were encouraged to ask questions, and the microphone made hearing Arva very easy. She made everyone feel welcome and at ease, she is energetic and enthusiastic about what she is doing. The tour is great value for money and we would highly recommend Frying Pan adventures.
    Written September 14, 2023
  • westernhomes
    0 contributions
    Eye opening experience for these Americans.
    My wife and I made our first trip to Dubai and the Middle East. This experience was not like any other we have done in our travels. If you want to experience old Dubai then this is the tour for you.
    Written September 5, 2023
  • jackietK1679MH
    0 contributions
    Dubai another view
    Arva took us on a tour through the old streets of Dubai stopping at places to eat traditional food . While tasting this delicious food prepared for us she explained the history and the culture of the people who live and work here. Food brings us together and we can always learn from one another while we eat.The stories heard and the culture seen as we walked through the narrow walk ways will not be forgotten .
    Written August 7, 2023
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janetW9
Belfast, UK12 contributions
Excellent food tour around Old Dubai. We learnt so much history as well as tasting lots of Middle Eastern cuisine. Farida our guide was excellent
Written February 17, 2024
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Hi janetW9, thank you for joining our guide Farida on our Middle Eastern food tour through Old Dubai, we're really pleased to know you had a great experience! Food is such a fantastic way of learning about history and culture, and of course there's no better way to bond with like-minded food enthusiasts from around the world. We'll definitely pass this positive feedback on to Farida, and we hope we'll have a chance to serve you on another food tour in Dubai someday! Scrumptiously yours, Arva
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rupton
Asheville, NC13 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Great experience: helpful history, fun facts, delicious food, all while getting a good walk around the city. We were a family of four and everyone enjoyed it — even the 10 yr old!
Written February 6, 2024
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Dear rupton, We're so pleased that we had the chance to serve your family on our Middle Eastern Food tour featuring our favourite Arabic spots, foods and stories in Dubai -- and more importantly, that you really enjoyed the experience! As they say, kids only give you the brutal truth, so it means the world that your 10 year old loved the tour too :) We can't wait for you to be back for another adventure with us in Dubai someday soon! Scrumptiously yours, Arva
Written February 13, 2024
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Cheryl K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing. Arva was an excellent host and was super knowledgeable! Fantastic food, and great experience. A must do! My husband and I had a great time and although we have lived in Dubai for a while, we learnt so much and enjoyed some delicious food.
Written February 3, 2024
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Dear Cheryl, What fun it was to take you and your husband around the souks on Half-Day Souks, Food & Culture Walking tour! It's always extra special to have long-time residents join us down memory lane and experience a side of the city that feels paused in time. Thank you for giving me the chance to show you around and for spreading the word by leaving us this positive review. I can't wait to see you back, and since you're both residents, I hope it will be very soon! Scrumptiously yours, Arva
Written February 13, 2024
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Will H
4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Business
The best way to get an authentic cultural taste of Dubai! The tour guided us through old Dubai and we learned an immense amount and snacked our way through delicious treats. Arva was an excellent guide and answered all the questions we had.
Written January 14, 2024
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Hi Will, Thank you for sharing your experience! I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed exploring Old Dubai with me. It was a pleasure to guide you through the sights and flavors of the city, and I do love when people ask questions, so thank you for asking them! I really hope to see you again on another tour soon! Scrumptiously yours, Arva
Written January 23, 2024
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Christine S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Wow, last night my friend and I embarked on a Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage with Frying Pan Adventures in Dubai, and it was absolutely amazing! Even though I've lived here for 20 years, I discovered hidden gems that were completely new to me. Farida's expertise and enthusiasm added an extra layer of enjoyment to the delicious dishes we savored at every stop. Just when I thought I couldn't take another bite, I was presented with yet another mouthwatering creation that I simply couldn't resist. Unlike previous food tours where I often left hungry, Frying Pan Adventures left me completely satisfied and enlightened with local trivia. I can't thank them enough for such a memorable evening!
Written January 8, 2024
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Hi Christine, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! It's fantastic to hear that even as a 20-year Dubai resident, you found new surprises on our Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage. Farida is indeed a gem with her knowledge and passion, and I'm delighted to know she made your journey even more enjoyable. We aim to leave our guests both full and fascinated, so it's great to hear we hit the mark for you. We're eager to welcome you back again for more Dubai discoveries soon! Scrumptiously yours, Arva
Written January 23, 2024
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Mark B
3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Highly recommended!!! Farida is such a warm and open tourguide. She growed up in the Deiria area. So she knows almost every place and every inch the restaurants and how its works in the area. The food is also very good and it was such a pleasure to try and taste the best food from Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.
Written January 1, 2024
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Hi Mark, really appreciate your shout-out for Farida and her insider's view of Deira; I'll make sure to pass on the feedback to her! Glad you enjoyed the food journey through the Middle East. Thanks for joining us and sharing your experience. We hope to see you again on another tour someday! Scrumptiously yours, Arva
Written January 23, 2024
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Lara
Sao Paulo, SP46 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is an amazing tour for foodies. You get to discover a part of Dubai that is not the typical tourism and also get to eat amazing food from all over the Middle East! The guide has a great knowledge on Dubai, the culture and history and she will be telling you things during the walk. Even as a Dubai resident, I will definitely go for another one of the tours.
Written December 11, 2023
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Hi Lara, as a Dubai resident, your feedback is especially meaningful, thank you for sharing your thoughts! It's great that you enjoyed exploring a different side of Dubai, and I'm also glad to know that the stories and history shared by our guide made the experience really special for you. I'm thrilled that you're considering joining us again for another tour. We can't wait to have you back! Scrumptiously yours, Arva
Written January 23, 2024
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Ruth B
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
A truly extraordinary event! With heart and enthusiasm, the enchanting Indian woman introduced us to different cultures through food. A must, especially in Dubai, the city of 200 nationalities
Written November 27, 2023
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Hi Ruth, thank you so much for your lovely review. We're thrilled to hear that your tour with us was a highlight for you. It's our passion to showcase Dubai's diverse culinary landscape, and we're glad you enjoyed the journey through different cultures via their delicious food. Looking forward to welcoming you on another food adventure someday!
Written November 28, 2023
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Robert H
West Windsor, NJ, United States30 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
My wife and I have many good memories of our visit to incredible Dubai, but without doubt one of the best is of our Middle East food tour with Farida Ahmed. This was a delightful evening from start to finish. The food was delicious, and the places we visited were carefully chosen to give us an excellent variety of different types of Middle Eastern foods, from falafel to shawarma to baklawa, and many things in between. These are places that the locals eat, not gimmicky, touristy spots that may have more glitz but lack authenticity. Farida is very knowledgeable about the various foods we sampled and how they are prepared, so not only did we enjoy everything we ate, we learned a good deal in the process. This helped us appreciate what we were eating even more. If we are fortunate enough to make a return visit to Dubai, the second thing we will do after booking our tickets is to reserve another food tour with Frying Pan Adventures! We cannot recommend the experience more highly.
Written November 24, 2023
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Hi Robert, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on our Middle Eastern tour! We're thrilled to hear that your food tour with Farida was a highlight of your trip to Dubai. It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed the variety of Middle Eastern delights, from the falafel to the baklawa. We take pride in showing our guests the authentic spots that locals love, and we're glad this resonated with you. We're eagerly looking forward to your return visit to Dubai and can't wait to take you on another culinary journey with us.
Written November 25, 2023
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Alisa J
10 contributions
Great Tour, very infirmative and great food! Would def recommend! Enjoyed learned and tasting the food of the different cultures that have make Dubai their home.
Written October 19, 2023
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Dear Alisa, We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed exploring the diverse culinary landscape of Dubai on our Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage. It's always a joy to share the stories and flavors of the many cultures that have found a home here. Thank you for the wonderful review and we look forward to welcoming you again on another flavorful adventure!
Written November 25, 2023
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