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Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai

Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai
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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
  • 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
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
  • 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
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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Call the number below and use the product code: 44548P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
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
  • Opportunities to Purchase: Baklava, Arabic cookies.
  • 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.
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • 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 6 travelers
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
  • Opportunities to Purchase: Baklava, Arabic cookies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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 travelers can participate
  • 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 6 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Lenny2299
Washington DC, DC948 contributions
Two great tours to lean about the heart of Dubai
Nov 2021
Two great tours with frying pan. We did the middle eastern and the souk tours. Great guides that took us to local places in the old town. You get a very different perspective on Dubai when you visit these places. This is the soul of the city. Great food and learned about the various spices in the souk and how to tell what is good quality.
Written November 27, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Lenny2299, How wonderful that you chose to do two of our best selling tours, our Middle Eastern and Dubai Souks! We're so glad that you felt the tours gave you an insider view and taste of the city as we locals enjoy it. We hope you will try our Little India tour and Food Scavenger Hunt as well if we have the chance to serve you again in Dubai! Thank you again for choosing us and for sharing these positive words about our experiences. Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written November 28, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Klincher
Elkridge, MD155 contributions
The Quintessential Food Tour
Oct 2021 • Couples
The Quintessential Food Tour.
If you are searching for a splendidly unique, memorably invigorating and tantalizingly superb - taste buds inspiring experience, book a food tour with Frying Pan Adventures.

Farida & Nada, through their dedicated- personalized, warm, engaging & captivating food tour, explore the history, art, science and beauty of middle eastern culinary and gastronomic realities to the complete, undeniable and highly compelling appreciation of their spellbound audience/guests.

Farida & Nada's display of indepth knowledge exemplifies their passion and their vivid devotion and dedication to exceeding the expectations of their guests. You will immediately and apparently see years invested in gathering & accumulating related and relevant - personal & experiential information that enhance the quality of their unparalleled food tour.

It was like dining with family, we felt at home - a purely worthwhile adventure!
Written October 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FryingPanAdventures
Dear Klincher, This eloquent review just blew us away! Thank you for appreciating Farida and Nada with these incredibly positive sentiments. We really do strive to be storytellers that can bring the best of our personal and historical stories to the tours -- and it's so encouraging to know we're on the right track. It was a pleasure to serve you and Lola; we're very grateful that we have the opportunity to meet and feast with people who have such open minds and appreciative hearts like yourselves. We really do hope to have the pleasure of serving you in Dubai again someday! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written November 1, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

thatmarion
London, UK285 contributions
One of the best foodie tours we've ever done
Jan 2021 • 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rayofsun
63 contributions
Amazing food tour!!!!!
A Frying Pan Adventure food tour with Farida is a must. We did a private middle eastern food tour with Farida on the second night of our ten day vacation in Dubai. We are a family of four including two boys ages 10 and 15 and the food tour and our time with Farida was hands down the best evening of our entire vacation. Not only was it an amazing food tour allowing us to sample many delicious foods, but it also gave us a much better understanding of Dubai’s culture and history. We would have never been able to experience the great food and flavors of Dubai otherwise. It was a pleasure to spend an evening with Farida on her amazing food tour. We are extremely grateful for our experience and our time together. Thank you Farida!!
Written January 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FryingPanAdventures
Hi Rayofsun, Thank you for this incredibly positive review of your Middle Eastern food tour with Farida -- we're thrilled to know that it was the best evening of your vacation! Our team is really invested in showcasing the side of Dubai that we most connect with as longtime locals growing up here, and we really appreciate the opportunity to show our city to people with curious minds and appetites. Thank you for giving us the change to serve you! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written January 10, 2021
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Sperezgalindo
Miami, FL10 contributions
Quintessential Old Dubai
Sep 2020 • 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Peter Sutton
2 contributions
Middle Eastern food and culture tour
Sep 2020 • Couples
My wife and I did a Middle Eastern Food and Culture walk in Dubai with Farida. Farida was very welcoming and had a lot of knowledge on food and cultural history.

It was a lot of fun, tasting different foods and getting an understanding of the food history.

Farida did a great job as our guide and my wife and myself thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written September 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FryingPanAdventures
Dear Peter, We're so pleased that Farida was able to give you and your wife a memorable tour experience! It's always a joy to serve guests who have such open minds to tasting and experiencing with us. We hope our paths cross again on another old Dubai food tour in the future. Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written December 31, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jctoesnthesand
5 contributions
A MUST if visiting Dubai!
Feb 2020
This tour is totally a slice of heaven in Dubai. Among all the cookie cutter, theme park experiences that are highly advertised, this is a GEM that provides visitors with a true glimpse into the people, food and culture that fuel Dubai.

The food was of course AMAZING and I'm so grateful for this authentic food tour!
Written February 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear JC, We are so glad you enjoyed the food we feature on our tours! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review and for experiencing the old Dubai "culinary" theme park. We hope to see you back again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written February 28, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tuan T
Rockville, MD298 contributions
We went back for seconds. Bon appetit!
Feb 2020
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gail N
5 contributions
Middle Eastern food and culture walk
This was a well researched tour by Frying Pan Adventures. Not only was the food of exceptional quality and tastiness but it was truly a wonderful experience seeing some of the foods being prepared and cooked by the experts.
I was delighted by the different types of local food from Persia to Egypt to Iraq, much of which I would never have tried to eat. Nahla set out expectations and was careful to help us with pacing our food intake. However, the falafels will be hard to beat now wherever I go! This tour has 5 stars for both of us
Written February 23, 2020
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Dear Galin, We are so happy that you enjoyed the Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage! And yes, we have the same sentiment about those falafels. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and for appreciating Nahla. We hope to see you back again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written February 28, 2020
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GoPlaces81356
2 contributions
Middle Eastern Food Tour experience - a wonderful Christmas present!
Jan 2020
A wonderful evening spent sampling the most delicious Middle Eastern food and guided by a most knowledgeable and attentive, Nahla Al Tabbaa.
We watched as chefs prepared the most delicious of dishes in restaurants that I would never have known existed.
We sampled the very best falafel, and watched chefs prepare amazing food like the cheesy dessert, Knafeh.
Definitely this food tour is not to be missed in Dubai
Written February 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear GoPlaces! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review! Falafels, Knafeh - oh yes! We are so glad you enjoyed the delicious food and also enjoyed your time with Nahla. We hope to see you back again soon! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written February 22, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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A Can't-Miss Experience for Residents & Tourists Alike
I am a Dubai resident and I bring all my visiting guests on a Frying Pan tour when they're in town. I simply can't
DiAust
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Fabulous experience.
What a wonderful evening. A perfect mix of history, culture and food, delightfully delivered in a small group setti
Bobcatsabound
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Exceptional experience
We had an exceptional experience on our food and souk tour. Our tour guides were incredibly informative and engagin
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Don't Miss Food Tour
This is a fantastic food tour. You get to try street food that we would have never been adventurous enough to order
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An awesome food tour
This tour is outstanding. The restaurant’s are off the beaten path and the food is simply incredible. You would nev
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Relax59146407398
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Fantastic guide, walking tour and food tasting!
We really enjoyed the knowledgeable and charming Nahla, and talking about Dubai and it's history. The walk through
Sag79
Sag79
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Fun night out
I live in Dubai and was gifted a voucher for this tour. This can be done by residents or visitors. The guide loves
gradojkovich
gradojkovich
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A great food tour, with a boat ride included!
Great day exploring the sights, sounds and tastes of old Dubai. An awesome food tour thanks to our great guide, Noo
NoolsC
NoolsC
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Not to be missed during your Dubai visit
If you love food and discovering new places you can't miss this. Amazing experience. Farida is a fountain of knowle
603clemence
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Fantastic experience!
I highly recommend! The tour is done by Farida, the business owner herself. Farida is fun and genuine. She was rai
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Recent experience of playing Spicy Bingo/ Spingo
I have never experienced such an innovative things which Frying Pan Adventures bring for customers. Whether it is a
Brian T
Brian T
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Unbelievable Service
Unfortunately, our tour was scheduled right around the time everything started shutting down due to Covid-19. It wa
S4066KVdebbied
S4066KVdebbied
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Highlight of our trip!
We did the Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage and enjoyed it tremendously! It was so much fun! Our group bonded over fo
Lynn R
Lynn R
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Great sites and eats in the Old Souks of Dubai
A friend had recommended this tour for us when we were going to Dubai for a weekend. We enjoyed the personable styl
TheTeacher7
TheTeacher7
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Spice Souk heaven
My third tour with Frying Pan Adventures, which surely speaks volumes! The tour was led by both Arva (in Deira) and
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