Middle Eastern Food & Culture Walk in Old Dubai

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From $131.18

135 reviews   (4.90)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Dubai, Dubai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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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 Palestinian, Lebanese, Syrian and Iraqi treats while 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, delicious Syrian fare (both vegetarian and non vegetarian options!), cardamom-scented Arabic coffee from the Gulf and traditional Iraqi food that will either be a giant smoked fish with tangy mango pickle or juicy lamb kebabs (depends on group size). In addition, we experience the time-tested customs of Arabic coffee and sample fresh sweet cheese pastry right off the stove.

What's Included

Bottled water

Food tasting at 3 restaurants, 1 falafel cafe & 1 baklava shop.

Professional licensed guide

What's Not Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 14 - 99

Additional Info

  • All food is ordered in advance and we may be unable to provide substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not suitable for those with serious food allergies including gluten, nuts and dairy
  • Please do message us after booking if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Tour may be cancelled if there are less than 3 participants and rescheduling options or full refund provided.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved approximately 2km with stops
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • 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
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Al Rigga
Meet our friendly Frying Pan Adventures tour guide steps away from the Al Rigga Metro station in Deira (on the Diva Gents Salon side of the road).

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Al Muraqqabat
Corner Falafel Cafeteria:
Design your own falafel sandwich using delicious ‘stuffed’ falafels and all the trimmings: hummus, fried eggplant and cauliflower, three kinds of sauces and pickles.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Exceedingly delicious!
Gaijin444, 24-04-2022
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.
Middle Eastern Food Tour with Frying Pan adventures
Rakesh K, 18-09-2022
Joanne was a great guide and the choice of Restaurants and the food was amazing. Loved being a part of the process in kitchen to make Khunaaf and tasting it fresh from the cooking, The Iraqi restaurant at the end was a perfect ending to an otherwise amazing tour.
Fantastic food tour in old Dubai.
Ranjeev_2, 19-04-2022
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.
megank821, 07-07-2022
Farida is an excellent guide with deep connections to the restaurants and knowledge of the food, its culinary history and tastes! Our favorite thing from our trip to Dubai! Highly highly recommend!
Thoroughly recommended
helsb31, 19-06-2022
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
Middle Eastern food pilgrimage
marathonmoose, 01-12-2022
A fantastic tour. Farida is a knowable tour guide and attended to everyone's needs.
GO HUNGRY!! I was and I still couldn't eat at the end.
Lives up to to Hype
IntrepidVancouver, 28-11-2022
We were sceptical of this tour living up to
it’s rating based on our experience with other so called ‘five star’ tours. We’ll, this one is really worth it. It’s like touring the backstreets of a neighbourhood with a friend who knows all the insider places. Truly amazing. Loved that Farida provided historical/cultural information as we walked to each restaurant. Take time out from all the ‘glitz and glamour’ of the city and experience the real Dubai.
highly recommended
spcr3fz9, 22-11-2022
I have been living in Dubai for four years and this is one of the best tours. Not only foods themselves are excellent/interesting but also our guide, Farida-san, shared her insight/personal experience/history with us. It is also good to know those restaurants loved by locals. I will surely visit them again. BTW, to make the best use of this tour, people need to participate in it with their stomach empty.
Highly Recommended
Passport_Junkie22, 19-11-2022
LOVED this food tour! Our guide Farida was warm, welcoming and insightful. It is obvious that she cares deeply about the local food community in Deira - its people, history and expertise. The food was, as expected, delicious. What really set this food tour apart from others that I have taken was: 1) Farida (her professionalism, seamless scheduling and high regard for the chefs, owners and staff at each location); and 2) the little details (i.e., gift bag, guidebook, social media outreach, etc.) that made this experience feel special and unique. If you are reading this review and have the opportunity to take a food tour with Frying Pan Adventures, just book it already!
Excellent tour, lovely food
sandrahF473HL, 30-10-2022
Excellent tour, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, very informative on the food and also history. The food was incredible, from places we wouldn’t normally know to visit. We returned to one of them to experience the best falafel we’d ever eaten again.
The tour was a highlight of our holiday in Dubai.
Authentic and delicious
E1968OAkathleeng, 06-01-2023
Loved it all! Farina grew up in the area and was able to share her wealth of knowledge about Dubai and the food we were eating as we strolled through the neighbourhood. There was a good mix of savoury and sweet treats, we were able to watch food being prepared at many of the restaurants, and the food itself was fresh and delicious. Everyone was full by the end of the tour! Instructions to find the starting location were easy to follow, and the Metro was economical and convenient to use. I don’t usually take the time to write reviews, but this tour was special and I would definitely take another “Frying Pan Adventure” on my next trip to Dubai.
Wonderful, informative, and delicious!
579wadem, 23-01-2023
My wife and I took a tour of old Dubai with Frying Pan Adventures and we had so much fun. Arva was a fantastic guide and curated a great sampling of food from the old Dubai and old Souk areas we explored. We loved learning about Dubai's history and about its diversity of cultures. I would highly recommend Frying Pan Adventures if you are thinking of taking a guided tour while visiting Dubai!

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