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 only exceptions are the following:
The Middle Eastern tour is admittedly very meat-heavy – such is the nature of traditional Middle Eastern fare! 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, we would be happy to order you an extra plate of falafels and a vegetarian Egyptian pastry upon request.
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! Please purchase a vegetarian ticket for the session. Most of the dishes can be prepared as vegetarian dishes, except the cured fish salad for which there is no substitute.
We have two bathroom breaks towards the start of our Offbeat Dubai Desert Safari and one towards the end on our return journey to the city; once the drive through the desert begins, every tree is a lavatory!
Kindly note that our change policies have been amended on March 10, 2018.
The Ramadan edition food walks are adapted for the timings and, where possible, the foods of Ramadan.
The summer edition food walks are adapted for the heat and humidity of the summer months and run during May to September.
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:
The only exception is our Old Dubai Souks and Stories experience where children below the age of 12 years can attend free of charge and must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Absolutely not! Our walking food tours (Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage and Little India on a Plate) are immersive experiences that combine food tastings with history, culture and personal stories of the city. We often get exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ access that would typically not be offered to regular guests at the restaurants/shops.
Our Old Dubai Souks and Stories experience is not a food-focused tour, even though it does feature one of our favourite classic meals in the city at the end of the experience. This tour is a cultural and souk sightseeing experience that weaves together the guide’s passion with her knowledge of history and cultural stories.
Our Emirati Cooking Session and Lunch involves cooking and sampling through the session, as well as lunch – so you will definitely be well-fed! The Chef also brings his extensive knowledge of Emirati spices and culinary techniques to the experience.
The Unseen Trails experiences with our community partners – Dubai Desert Conservation Drive, Naif by Night, Old Dubai Iftar Walk and Indian Festival of Lights – are not food-focused tours and are more centered on urban/desert exploration depending on the tour you sign up for. However, all of them do feature a few delicious treats which are always carefully selected and well-explained on the tour.
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. If you have a serious allergy, we recommend contacting us at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ prior to purchasing tickets to enable us to advise you if our tours are suitable for you.
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.
Gratuities are always appreciated but are not mandatory.
Yes, bathrooms are available during our Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage, Little India on a Plate and Old Dubai Souks and Stories tours at selected stops. The Emirati Cooking Session and Lunch takes place at a restaurant which is equipped with a bathroom.
For the Unseen Trails experiences,
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.
We regret that our Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage and Little India on a Plate 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.
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).
For the Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage and Little India on a Plate tours: 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).