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The 10 Tastings of Dubai With Locals: Private Food Tour

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The 10 Tastings of Dubai With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Overview

Take your taste buds on a journey around Dubai’s multicultural cuisine on this private food tour. Learn about the city’s historical culinary influences while exploring souks and traditional eateries, and enjoy up to eight food stops to try local specialties and goodies. Sample fresh prawns cooked in spices, dig into a camel burger and savor saffron ice cream, lemon mint juice, stuffed vine leaves, traditional coffee, and more.
  • Enjoy up to eight food stops in eateries and markets around Deira and Al-Fahidi
  • Visit Spice Souk, and ride an 'abra' across Dubai Creek
  • Learn about Dubai’s multicultural cuisine and food hotspots
  • Choice of departure times and personalized attention from a private guide
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Private Tour
Local Guide
10 Food & Drinks Tastings
Vegetarian alternatives
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Al Ras Metro Station , Baniyas Rd - Deira - Al Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

The host will meet you at Exit 2 outside of Al Ras Station.

Al Fahidi Historical District - حي الفهيدي التاريخي , Bur Dubai - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Book your preferred start time and meet your guide in Dubai’s Deira district for your tour. Learn about Dubai’s multicultural culinary repertoire as you set out, and enjoy eight stops to sample local specialties.

Sample some fresh dates, enjoying their sweetness as you learn how to find your perfect variety, and visit a restaurant to try the Middle Eastern favorites of tabbouleh (bulgur wheat salad) and mutabel (eggplant dip) on kubhz (Arabian bread).

Next, explore the aromatic Spice Souk. Haggle for herbs and spices (own expense), and nibble on an unusual delicacy — dates coated in camel milk chocolate.

After tasting saffron ice cream, ride an abra boat across Dubai Creek to the Al-Fahidi quarter. Dig into a lean and tasty camel burger, called ‘hump burgers’ by locals, and settle on the outdoor deck of a heritage restaurant to enjoy refreshing lemon mint juice and stuffed vine leaves with stellar city views.

Lastly, visit the Coffee Museum and savor traditional Arabic or Turkish coffee served by historically costumed staff as you learn about this age-old beverage.

Your tour concludes here when your guide departs.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dubai Gold Souk
Gold Digging: No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the gold souk – and it’s even better with a friendly local by your side for tips on how to find bargains! Down By The Dhows: Meet your host by the riverside Heritage House in Deira for the perfect introduction to the past and present of this ultra-modern city Sharing Pancakes: Kickstart your tasting experience in a historic hundred-year-old house as you feast on classic Emirati riqaq pancakes filled with cheese and egg
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dubai Spice Souk
Dates & Chocolate: Find your way through the labyrinth of alleys of the spice souk to sample sticky dates and nibble on truly local chocolate – it’s made from camel milk!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bur Dubai Abra Dock
Abra-cadabra: Glide across the creek on an abra water taxi to reach Bur Dubai, with a bustling background of trade ships and traditional wooden dhows as you travel
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Emirates NBD Atm, Cheque and Cash deposit ATM
Street Feast: Tuck into one of the favorite street foods of the Arab world: meaty shawarma, slow-roasted on a constantly-turning spit
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Al Ghubaiba Road
Desert Delicacy: Take a table at one of Dubai’s top locations for a truly authentic experience as you discover the delicious local delicacy: camel meat!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Textile Souk
Fabulous Fabrics: En route to your next nibble, stop in at the textile souk, piled high with colorful silks, cotton, and sari fabrics and the place to go for outfits tailored especially for you!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
International Influences: It’s no secret that Dubai has some great street food, but here’s something you might not expect: Indian influences! Try out the recipes brought over by migrant workers as you munch on crunchy samosa and pakoda. Creekside Classic: Step away from the bustle of Dubai’s streets at an elegant creekside restaurant to feast on moutabal, a spicy aubergine dip, as you watch the boats go by. Fresh Tastes: Perk up your tastebuds with a light, zingy tabbouleh salad flavored with lots of lemon, herbs, and cool fresh vegetables.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shiva Temple
Temple Time: Take some time away from the traditional Arab world to walk among Dubai’s Hindu community at the glittering shrines of the Hindu Temple Complex.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Refreshing Cup: The Arabic world is known for its delicious hot drinks – and Dubai’s no exception! Stop by at the coffee museum for a glimpse of coffee-based history before settling in for a cup of chai karak, a milky brew full of the fragrance of cardamom.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Private tour: only you & your local guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Includes city highlights in between food stops
  • Alternatives offered for those with dietary restrictions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Withlocals
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • 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.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The 10 Tastings of Dubai With Locals: Private Food Tour ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during The 10 Tastings of Dubai With Locals: Private Food Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The 10 Tastings of Dubai With Locals: Private Food Tour ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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star-5
Local food fare and background into life in Dubai
Christian_F
, Dec 2021
We were able to taste different foods of Dubai….while getting into sites and facts along the way! Walked through parts for old Dubai, took wooden boat across the creek and strolled through the Gold and Spice Souks. Exactly what we wanted! Michael Peter was accommodating and informative. He stepped up tor a guide who couldn’t make it and we are glad he did!
star-5
A must do trip round old Dubai with food too.
Dandasugden
, Nov 2021
It was a personal tour with Orlina. Very special and great to have her all to ourselves. Orlina’s knowledge of Dubai and UAE history was great. She answered every question. Was great to learn and see loads about how Dubai has grown. Excellent trip round many key areas and the food tasting was brilliant addition. Lovely food and restaurants. Would highly recommend Orlina. She made us feel special.
star-5
Awesome day!
CarrieJ_S
, Nov 2021
The guide Orlina was very informative on more than just food. She gave us lots of insight to cultural issues and how he country is run.
star-5
Best way to sample Emirati cuisine is with a local
ANDREW_B
, Aug 2021
Our tour was fulfilling and filling. Melwyn, our friendly guide, exposed us to a wide range of delicious Emirati cuisine. His English was excellent and he shared his knowledge of Dubai culture with us. We also had a nice visit to markets in old Dubai and a boat ride on Dubai Creek. Communication was excellent. Melwyn reached out to confirm the time and meeting place. Highly recommend this tour and guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing experience with Manish!
Michael_B
, Apr 2021
Manish was friendly and welcoming from the minute we met. He was super knowledgeable about the history of UAE and was even more enjoyable to hang out with. We highly recommend booking his tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Food tour cancelled
rclemins2012
, Feb 2020
Not happy. Our guide Manish cancelled the night before. I’m travelling now but I will see full reimbursement when I get home. Not good.
star-5
Well worth it! Great food tour with excellent opportunity to learn more about Dubai
Julie_W
, Jan 2020
This was a very enjoyable tour. The food tastings were good, interesting, and of a nice variety. They also provided nice insight into the history and culture of Dubai. Manish was an excellent guide with great communication and knowledge that he enjoyed sharing. Not only do you get to have the food experience, we also enjoyed the abra boat ride and the guided tours of the Spice and Gold Souks.
star-4
very nice experience
Joep J
, Dec 2018
nice experience .not only the food but also to see the old city and leaen more about it. Good guide, melvyn was his name
star-5
This was a great tour, we had a...
Arta F
, Jul 2018
This was a great tour, we had a great time. the guide was very genuine and personable with great local knowledge. The tour was timed perfectly with many delicious and interesting local delicacies to try. We also really enjoyed the facts and history the guide shared with us as we walked through the different souks on our way to the different tasting. I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit the historic parts of Dubai.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Not as described. We didn't get...
Po T
, Apr 2018
Not as described. We didn't get anything close to 10 tastings/stops. We walked through the gold souk, then on to the spice souk where we finally had our first tasting of a date dipped in camel milk chocolate. Then we had camel milk ice cream and took an abra across Dubai Creek to a food market area. OK, halfway through our tour and we think we're finally going to get to taste some local specialties. Nope. Our first stop is at a food stand called Bombay Times for some type of spicy/sweet puri. No real description or explanation of what we are tasting. Then we stop at a place for a falafel sandwich. Then we are handed a coffee or tea. And then off to our last stop for a camel burger, where the guide proceeded to pick french fries off our plate. Then the guide sent us off in taxis. That was our entire 3 hours. If you count the coffee/tea.. that's maybe 6 tastings... no visit to a restaurant to try the Middle Eastern favorites... no 'fresh prawns cooked in spices'... no 'stuffed vine leaves'. No visit to a Coffee Museum, and did not see any historically costumed staff or learn about this age-old beverage. The guide had nothing meaningful to say about any of the food that we tasted. Terrible food tour. Half our group went back to the hotel to have a decent meal to fill their empty stomachs. Maybe we should have something while on the tour, but honestly, I didn't print out the 'what you can expect' page, and didn't know what we were missing until we got back and re-read the tour description. I trusted the tour to deliver the experience I booked. At the end of the day, customers should not have to be the watchdogs of any tour.. it is the responsibility of the tour guide to deliver what is described.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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