Taste Guide

Dubai

One of seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a culturally rich and diverse city with a growing population of nationalities from all across the world. Nowhere is this reflected more than in the abundance of different eating options. Mixing high and low cultures is what Dubai excels at, and food spans this spectrum: from traditional street kebabs (shawarmas) to glitzy restaurants in seven star hotels, there is endless choice and variety.

The Dubai Creek neatly divides the city into ‘old’ and ‘new’. The old part of the city dates back to 1833 and the new is an almighty work-in-progress of skyscrapers and Truman Show-style villa communities, all under continuous 24-hour construction.

Dubai loves celebrity, and over the last few years Michelin-star chefs such as Marco Pierre White and Gary Rhodes have opened restaurants. And in such a fast-paced, convenience-led city there is of course a branch of just about every worldwide chain of coffee shop and fast food franchise imaginable.

For half of the year the weather in Dubai is glorious, and many venues have outdoor eating and drinking options to enjoy the sunshine and breezy evenings. There is also no shortage of food events, including the annual Gulfood, the biggest industry show in the world, and the Dubai Food Festival, an ambitious and well-executed citywide festival offering a multitude of events and promotions across numerous venues. As Dubai continues to expand at a rapid pace, so too is it fast becoming a recognised gastronomic destination. 

Dubai has made great strides over the last few years to keep up with the middle-range food movements that make eating out in cities like London and New York fresh and exciting. Now you can find plenty of innovative and...

Extravagance and glamour are the twin stars of Dubai’s reputation, and the city is indeed home to a multitude of high-end restaurants and nightclubs. Excess is the word of the day at these venues, with attitudes and outfits to match. Alcohol is...

The historical centre of Dubai’s expansion started at the creek, its import and export hub. This area stays true to tradition and its waterways are still very much operational. Huge dhows loaded up with goods to transport to neighbouring countries such as Iran can be...

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