Eating out in Dubai
Just about any cuisine you fancy is on offer in Dubai and 1001 Arabian nights couldn’t see you through trying all of Dubai’s restaurants. As the sun goes down, when the air becomes cooler, this is hardworking population loves to relax over a meal. Weekend brunch is huge, with many international hotels famous for their lavish buffets and multi-course feasts. Celebrity chefs are not immune to the charms of Dubai, with several big names flocking to this great international crossroads, attracted by spectacular restaurant spaces in the big hotels and a moneyed clientele who not only appreciate good dining, but also love to splash out and impress.
As Dubai is the moderate Middle East, there’s a fabulous range of cocktail bars on offer. Plenty take similar advantage of the dry warm nights, with a good choice of Dubai restaurants delivering chilled tunes al fresco after nightfall, or bars that take their offering one step further, with a dance floor on the beach. Whether you’re looking for a romantic restaurant, a restaurant with a view, the best place to eat out on a budget or somewhere Michelin-starred to impress, you’ll find a dizzying choice of restaurants in Dubai.
Where to eat
Dubai Historic District
The narrow streets of Old Dubai are lined with many eateries and cafes offering shady courtyards as a welcome place to rest up and refuel between bouts of enthusiastic sightseeing. The markets cater well to peckish hagglers, and the spice souk, gold souk and fish souk all have restaurants inside or close by.
Where do most of the tourists stay while in Dubai? Jumeirah, which is why it’s a thriving hot spot for world-class restaurants and bars – including an impressive collection of premium rooftop bars. Here you’ll find the famous Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, for example. Being the hub for tourists, Jumeirah is also known as the place to go for the Dubai dining classic: that extravagant Friday brunch… complete with champagne (for the non-Muslims). What’s more, the beachfront here is lined with top al fresco dining options for both day and night.
In the heart of New Dubai is where you’ll find the fascinating phenomenon that is The Palm. For fancy eateries that are an experience in themselves, you can’t go past Atlantis The Palm which has a number of fine dining options, while Dubai Media City and the surrounding hotels are also full of restaurants and bars that cater to a range of tastes and budgets.
Downtown and Financial District
While the financial district may be the hub of international finance, downtown is a food destination in itself, being home to Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. Beyond this area, there is the Souk Al Bahar, which has very good eateries tucked away inside. As you’d expect in this moneyed part of town, eating out is done in style. Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) houses some great places to eat and you’ll find a top class selection of cuisines – including Lebanese, Indian and Iranian – on Al Dhiyafa Road.