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About Us

We have pioneered food and culture walking tours in Dubai since 2013.

Frying Pan Adventures is the brainchild of us two sisters, Arva and Farida Ahmed. We grew up in Dubai during the 80s and made a commitment to preserve the foods, stories and community feel of a city that has witnessed incredible change through our lifetime. Our team of longtime locals loves exploring, researching and storytelling as much as we do eating—and we’re always hungry for new ways to rediscover the city we call home.

Our 3 to 4 hour walking food tours and custom-tailored food events in Old Dubai are a favourite not only with discerning visitors to Dubai but also to many residents, both old and new. We have curated our tours for people whose curiosity and open-mindedness leads them through doors that most tourists and even resident expats may not open.

Our Team

Arva Ahmed

Arva Saleem Ahmed

Founder and Chief Executive Muncher

Old Dubai child. Dorm-cook, Wharton undergrad and MBA, Philly. Ex-Management Consultant, NYC. Co-host of The Frying Pan Diaries (fryingpan.fm). Budding ice-cream maker. Cast iron addict.

Farida Ahmed

Farida Ahmed

General Manager & Food Tour Guide

Dubai, Switzerland, USA, Goa. Hospitality veteran. Event planning wizard. Social media savant. Swiss fondue fanatic. Adventurous eater. Kangaroo steak to Croc meat.

Atiya Fatima

Atiya Fatima

Administration Associate

Creative brainpower. Arts Degree. Aspiring photographer. Indian at heart. Soft spot for Hyderabadi Biryani. Bargain bloodhound in the souk. Jack of all trades, master of those involving chocolate.

Joanne Mascarenhas

Joanne Mascarenhas

Food Tour Guide

Mumbai born, Dubai raised. Advertising & planning wiz. Always up for fun and French fries. Persistent itch to travel & explore. Forever prioritizing eating over everything else.

Noorin Ansari

Noorin Ansari

Food Tour Guide

Dim sum detective. Three decades in the UAE and counting. Sharjah soul. Wild affair with soft shelled tacos. Sustainable car wash entrepreneur. Hyderabadi by blood.

Moza Al Matrooshi

Food Tour Guide

Visual artist and food politics researcher. Culinary background in patisserie. Enjoys talking about food as much as making it. Ajman and Sharjah kid at heart.

Join our family of guides

Do you love learning about food, its stories and the cultures behind it? Do you have what it takes to be a charismatic storyteller who can inspire people that are eager to explore the city? Apply to join our team as freelance food tour guide!