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#Sufra refers to our program of limited edition experiences that go beyond our regular food tours. It includes food walks along new routes, taste battles to find the ‘Best of…” something delicious in the city, culinary road trips and more. Our team is constantly researching and collaborating with the broader food community, so that you can savour unique foods, cultures and communities nurtured in Dubai and the neighbouring Emirates.

There is 1 main course on our Souks and Creekside tour that is non-vegetarian. However, we are able to order vegetarian falafels upon request. The other snacks and tastings featured are vegetarian-friendly.

 

Unseen Trails are urban exploration and cultural photography walks co-hosted with Gulf Photo Plus. We always feature our favourite snacks and foods.

Absolutely not! Our walking food tours are immersive experiences that combine food tastings with history, culture and personal stories of the city. On some of our tours, we get exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ access that would typically not be offered to regular guests at the restaurants/shops.

Please carry earphones for our tour guide audio system (else we will provide a free size one); don’t carry anything too heavy as we will provide a tote. If you plan to purchase edible souvenirs during the tour, please make sure to carry both cash/your credit card (most, but not all, locations accept credit card).

Please be sure to let us know if you (or anyone in your group) have a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. In most cases, nuts, lactose and gluten may be in the foods featured on our experiences and there is a risk of cross-contamination. If you have a serious allergy, we recommend contacting us at ‘munch@fryingpanadventures.com’ prior to purchasing tickets to enable us to advise you if our tours are suitable for you.

The 2 main courses on our Middle Eastern tour are both non-vegetarian: fish and beef. That said, we have had vegetarian guests join in the past and they have often walked away from the tour quite full and sated. While there are no vegetarian substitutes for the meat dishes, the falafels, dips and desserts are all vegetarian-friendly.

Ironically, the team that designed this almost 99% vegetarian tour are die-hard carnivores! Despite this, we have cherry-picked the dishes that best represent the community in Meena Bazaar and it turns out that most of them are vegetarian. There is such a wide range of tastings that we have yet to experience a guest, whether meat-eater or vegetarian, feeling less than “stuffed” after this gluttonous experience. You *might* even thank us for leaving out the meat at the end of the tour!

Yes, toilet facilities are available on most of our tours at selected stops – however we do recommend using a restroom before arriving at the tour as not all tours will have a toilet break at the start.

At this time, we do not offer our walking tours in any language other than English. Our Emirati Culinary Session and Lunch can be offered in Arabic for private group bookings.

We absolutely do! We can accommodate a variety of special requests (family reunions, birthday parties, out of town guests, corporate, team-building, familiarization trips, delegations and more).

We regret that our Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage, Little India on a Plate and Dubai Souks and Creekside Food Walk tours are not handicap accessible as many of the locations are older restaurants without wheelchair accessibility. Our Emirati culinary session and lunch is wheelchair accessible.

We do have an age limit for most tours. Please note the minimum age requirement (must be accompanied by a legal guardian) for the experiences below:

  • Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage: 14 years
  • Little India on a Plate: 14 years
  • Dubai Souks and Creekside Food Walk: 8 years
  • Delicious Dubai Layover: No age limit, but a ticket must be purchased for children above 4 years
  • Food Tour on Wheels: 8 years
  • Sufra Experiences: As stated on each individual Sufra Experience page.
  • Unseen Trails: 18 years

Parking is challenging to find at most of our tour starting point locations; our starting point and ending point on the routes are often different. We recommend taking the metro if it is near the starting point. If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic on the roads especially between 5PM and 7PM.

The tours are very rarely cancelled due to bad weather. We will email you at least 4 hours prior to the tour should it not be advisable to walk outside due to a thunderstorm or sandstorm; please make sure to check your email if you are aware of bad weather. We also advise you to check weather conditions for your tour and dress appropriately.

Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. Our experiences, typically, sell out quickly during the peak season (November to April). To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.

We do not offer a waiting list. If the date and time of your choice is sold out, we recommend visiting our website approximately 12 to 24 hours before the tour to check for any last-minute cancellations and openings.

We apply the following policy for any tour booking (excluding Sufra experiences), including one booked with a gift voucher / e-certificate:

  • Cancellation policy
    • 75% refund if 30 days or more before Trail
    • 50% refund if 14 to 29 days before Trail
    • 25% refund if 4 to 13 days before Trail
    • 0% refund if 1 to 3 days before Trail
  • Rescheduling policy
    • Rescheduling permitted within the same tour type only if request is received 14 days or more before the trail and if there is availability on the new date requested. Only one rescheduling request permitted per booking.
    • No rescheduling permitted if request is received less than 14 days before the trail or if there is no availability on the new date requested.

For change policies on Sufra experiences, kindly click here.

Gratuities are always appreciated but are not mandatory.

The Ramadan edition food walks are adapted for the timings and, where possible, the foods of Ramadan.

  • They begin later than our year-round food walks since we can only start eating after the sunset call to prayer. Because we begin late, they are also shorter to allow us to conclude at a reasonable time of the night.
  • The Middle Eastern Ramadan edition features a few treats that are only served at our restaurants during Ramadan.
  • The guide will share stories and traditions, as well as answer questions relating to the Holy Month.

The summer edition food walks are adapted for the heat and humidity of the summer months and run during May to September.

  • They begin later than our year-round food walks since we start eating after sunset when temperatures cool down. Because we begin late, they are also shorter to allow us to conclude at a reasonable time of the night.

Here’s how, and if any one or more of these distinguishing features resonate with you, then you’re our perfect #Sufra guest:

  • Stronger community focus – You’re eager to connect with other intellectually curious members of our community, over a common passion for food, culture and exploration.
  • More dynamic and collaborative – You’d rather be involved in discussions moderated by a Sufra host, rather than being “guided on a tour;” you leave the event knowing that the dialogues you had within the group added richness to the experience.
  • More fringe discoveries – You already know the not-so-secret “hidden gems” in the city; you’re looking to access those cultures, conversations and experiences that are rarely on the mainstream radar. They’re either reserved to a few cultural circles or are often discovered only by people with special insider access, e.g. journalists.
  • Less structured, more fluid – You simply want to have a fun, not overly planned outing with like-minded people who love food!

Yes, we welcome all residents and visitors! Anyone can join by booking the listed #Sufra events on our calendar.

Yes! Some experiences do have a minimum or maximum group size limit. In most cases, we would be happy to adapt an existing #Sufra event for your private party or corporate team.


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