By Dubai Tourism on December 13, 2019
Dubai delivers stellar dining experiences in style with a plethora of experimental dining options from art-meets-food collaborations to authentic Arabian experiences to being a part of sustainable dining. The rising trend of experiential dining and consumers’ increasing appetite for adventure brings immersive dining in Dubai to life for those looking beyond just good food and in search of new and exciting ways to eat. These experiences includes unique concept, quirky atmosphere, interesting locations, Instagram bragging plating and more. Dubai promises something for everyone – from travellers on a quest for gastronomic or cultural adventures, to those looking for a city break, a romantic getaway, or a family holiday. The glittering metropolis has also recently been named as one of the world’s best cities for travellers to visit in 2020 by global travel authority Lonely Planet.
With global spotlight highlighting environmental concerns, many brands around the world go green by cutting down single-use plastic and food waste. Popular European restaurant Maison Mathis re-opened recently in August 2019 after a massive revamp, introducing a series of eco-friendly initiatives including filtered tap water and vertical farms to produce its own vegetables for the restaurant to be self-sufficient. Kave – The Story of Things opened in Alserkal Avenue as an upcycled café, fair trade boutique, guitar shop and workshop space which emphasize on storytelling through food, giving back to the community and being kind to the environment. Healthy eatery Wildflower uses eco-friendly packaging and partnered with Sharjah-based Greenheart Organic Farms to support the local farmers market and offer fresh organic ingredients to customers.
Authentic Arabic Experiences
Experiential diners looking for traditional dining experiences can visit Al Hadheerah Desert Restaurant for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine prepared using ancient recipes while immersing in lively dance and music performances under the starry sky. Other entertainment includes enthralling camel show, falcon display and a visit to the nearby heritage museum. Have a taste of camel meat which was traditionally consumed by Bedouin tribespeople for survival since the dawn of civilization at the popular home-grown brand CML Camel Station. The unique casual diner recently opened a new outlet in the Dubai Mall serving camel burger, pizza and salad, and also incorporated different street food and fine dining cuisines from all over the world to its menu. Skip the touristy spots, and venture into hidden street that most residents and taxi-drivers struggle to find with Frying Pan Adventures food tours to immerse in food traditions of the region and hear stories of Middle Eastern food and culture.
Iconic Outdoor Dining for the Winter Months
As the temperatures cool in the winter months from November to March, popular al-fresco and outdoor dining spots reopens and instantly becomes a prime choice for many diners. Dinner in the Sky reopens from 17th October 2019, offering one of the most exclusive dining experiences for guests searching to satiate a need for adventure. It promises an unforgettable experience suspended by a crane 50 meters high in the sky of Dubai while indulging in luxurious fare and overlooking spectacular panoramic view of Dubai Marina. For couples looking to celebrate special occasions, Pai Thai is one of the most romantic hotspots. The culinary journey begins as a traditional Abra ‘water taxi’ transports diners to the traditional award-winning Thai restaurant, serving aromatic and flavourful dishes while taking in beautiful views across Madinat’s tranquil waterways. Another perfect outdoor choice for the winter months is the first-of-its-kind 1950s inspired gourmet food truck park Last Exit. The visually captivating post-apocalyptic food park sets across 4 different locations to refuel hungry travellers with signature street food choices and are deck with vintage road signs, war rigs, colorful monster trucks and abandoned vehicles.
New Multi-Sensory Acts
Opened in April 2019, MasterChef, the TV Experience is the first dining experience in the world that is based on one of the most successful reality cooking series on television, inviting diners to savour popular dishes curated by show contestants. Adventurous diners can also sign up for the signature Mystery Box experience and look out for exclusive masterclass hosted by past MasterChef champions to learn more about recipes, cooking philosophies and their experiences on the show. Held twice a year, the world-renowned Atlantis, The Palm’s ‘Cirque de Cuisine’ features live cooking stations and extravagant buffets that also feature live acts from Dubai’s very own Cirque le Soir. Feather fan dancers, magicians and acrobats will be seen roaming along decorated walkways while culinary aficionados can explore some of the world’s top restaurants such as Nobu by Nobu Matsuhisa, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Gregoire Berger’s award-winning underwater restaurant Ossiano, Ronda Locatelli by Giorgio Locatelli and the recently opened Michelin star Cantonese restaurant brand, Hakkasan.
Rejoice All Things Gastronomic at Dubai Food Festival 2020
Held from 21 February to 9 March 2020, the Dubai Food Festival 2020 celebrates the city’s unique food scene, its personalities and its world-class dining experience. For 17 days, the annual epicurean festival engages more than 1,000 restaurants and 30 celebrity chefs showcasing the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of Dubai’s culinary offerings, complemented with mouth-watering line-up of special promotions and activities including limited-edition dishes, food tours and masterclasses catered for all budgets.