Dubai is best for...
Multicultural cuisine From Pakistani plates to French and Greek dishes, you can't leave town with trying everything
Street Food: Many locals eat the street food every day as it's both inexpensive and tasty
Sweet Tea: Visit Satwa or the Dubai Creek to try the sweet Chai from the open-air cafes and sweet stands
Language: The language spoken in Dubai is Arabic
Currency: The currency used in Dubai is the Dirham
Local time: Dubai is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Dubai's main airport is Dubai International Airport
In Dubai, food is as rich and varied as the city itself. The city attracts visitors from every part of the globe, and you’ll find just as many different cuisines on offer. Whatever your taste you’ll find it catered for in Dubai. From fish and chips and curry to organic gluten-free options and sushi, you can find it all in the hotels, shopping malls and streets. As you’d expect from the city with the planet’s only 7-star hotel, you can eat in top-end restaurants run by some of the world’s best chefs.
The huge shopping malls offer just as big a selection of your favourite western-style fast-food joints. If you want to enjoy traditional Arabic fare, you’ll find local Emirati, Levantine, and Persian restaurants across the city serving up favourites like mezze and strong Arabic coffee.
Dubai is a Muslim city, so alcohol is only served in bars within hotels. Alcoholic drinks can also be quite expensive to buy. If you visit during the holy month of Ramadan or other religious days, you may discover there are certain restrictions on when it can be sold.
When you’re looking for the best bars in Dubai you won’t be short of options. Siddharta Lounge is the Dubai outpost of Paris’ famous Buddha Bar. Located at the Grosvenor House Hotel on The Walk in the popular JBR area, it enjoys breath-taking 360° views of Dubai Marina. If you want to watch the match while enjoying the mild evenings, head to Mina Seyahi’s Barasti beach bar. There are more than 10 screens showing everything from the football to darts.
Dubai is home to some of the world’s top hotels, which all boast excellent restaurants. Some of the best restaurants in Dubai can be found in the exclusive hotels on Palm Jumeirah or at the iconic Burj Al Arab. Here you can dine on the best lobster at Al Mahara while watching the fish in the huge aquarium swim past.
The hotels aren’t the only place to enjoy a good meal. You’ll find restaurants and cafés at almost every turn across the city, catering to every budget. Grab a sweet Masala Chai from a street-side café to revive you on a trip to the Gold Souk by the Creek. Or stop for a thirst-quenching, healthy juice and gluten-free treat at Lime Tree Café outlets across the city, including one in the shade of the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque. And at 1,450ft, At.Mosphere is the world’s highest restaurant. Housed in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, where on a fine day you can see out across the city and Palm Jumeirah as you dine.
Year-round sunshine means you can enjoy eating Dubai food al fresco in all but the hottest summer months. Relax, eat and drink as you enjoy open-air cinema screening or music performances from top international DJs.