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About Frying Pan Adventures

We are the 1st food tour company in the Arabian Gulf.

Our experiences are connected through a common thread of authenticity and knowledge, be it a 4 hour walking feast through local neighbourhoods, our monthly "Sufra" community experiences or a cooking session around the native Emirati cuisine. Since 2013, tourists and residents alike have feasted with us on our food and story-telling journeys through the backstreets of Dubai. 

We love venturing into those parts of town that are far, far away from the world records and the sheen of perfectly manicured buildings. We are explorers, curators and storytellers whose hunger is best sated in the underbelly of the city.


Our Frying Pan Family

Arva Saleem Ahmed

Founder and Chief Executive Muncher

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

Farida Ahmed

General Manager

Dubai, Switzerland, USA, Goa. Hospitality veteran. Event planning wizard. Social media savant. Swiss fondue fanatic. Adventurous eater. Kangaroo steak to Croc meat. Co-host of The Frying Pan Diaries.

Nahla Al Tabbaa

Sufra Programme Coordinator & Curator of Bespoke Experiences

Artist and urban place-maker. Slow cooker fanatic. Jordanian and Bangladeshi heritage. Supperclub host. Love affair with traditional souk fabrics, mapping and dried limes. Curatorial Practice degree.

Mufaddal Husein

Sufra Programme Coordinator & Designer of Bespoke Experiences

Eating Designer. Culinary geek with a voracious appetite for new flavours. Sorcerer of Sauces. Sandwich and barbecue addict. Nose-to-tail eater. Forever learner. Devil's advocate.

Stephanie Mahmoud

Food Trail Host and Presenter

Food blogger and stylist. Voracious cookbook reader. Italian and Egyptian grannies. World's best pizza sleuth. Old Dubai girl living in a New Dubai world.

Tanya Rehman

Food Trail Host and Presenter

Singapore and Dubai raised. Ex-banker. Current entrepreneur. Avid home chef who loves feeding people her wares. Indian food lover. In a relationship with biryani.

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.