Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage – *Ramadan*

Duration: 3.25 hours

Location: Deira, Dubai

Adult

AED 350.00

14 years and above only.

Ticket price stated is not inclusive of 5% VAT and online processing fees. Refund/rescheduling policies on legal section of our website.

Join our Ramadan-friendly edition of our signature food walk weaving year-round treats with Iftar specialties from across the Middle East.

  • Savour a walking feast that combines Ramadan specialty drinks and sweets with year-round favourites, falafels, Egyptian pizza and more.
  • Taste the different varieties of dates and why it was the Prophet's preferred way of breaking the fast.
  • Hear stories and traditions of Ramadan in the Middle East from a resident guide who is knowledgeable and passionate about the region.
  • Join an experience that feels less like a tour and more like a dinner party with about 12 to 13 well-traveled and culture seeking guests.
  • Visit restaurants where the staff treat us less like 'customers' and more like old friends and family.
  • Immerse yourself in food traditions of the region: eating with hands, learning coffee etiquette, detecting grades of saffron and more.
  • Visit places where old timers shop for saffron, baklava, Arabic cookies, pomegranate syrup and other delicious export-friendly souvenirs.

Runs only during Ramadan. 7:30PM tours available on selected days of the week.

Walking only; distance covered is ~2.8km/1.7mi with stops in between.

One of the stops features only meat/poultry and cannot be substituted with a vegetarian option.

Tastings include Gluten/Lactose/Dairy/Nuts. Please notify us of severe allergies.

Carry earphones for our guide audio system. Dress comfortably; cover legs and shoulders.

Dress to walk; cover shoulders and legs above the knees (1 stop involves sitting on cushions).

The minimum age to join the tour is 14 years. Strollers and infants are not permitted on the tour.

The tour requires a minimum of 4 guests; we may cancel and refund tickets if the minimum is not met.

Important update: On 19th May 2018, the Emirati restaurant on our tour suffered a terrible fire and burnt down. While the restaurant is gutted, thankfully none of the staff were injured. Unfortunately there is no easy replacement for this traditional experience and we will miss the restaurant sorely. While we have no information on when/if they will reopen, we will do our best to look for alternatives and appreciate your patience during this difficult and unforeseeable situation.

Join this special edition of our signature Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage that has been adapted for the foods and timings of Ramadan. The food walk is heavy  on dessert! Ramadan is a time of the year when the region dials up its love for sweets and syrupy drinks.

Feast on our favourite year-round treats like herb green stuffed falafelscreamy hummus and street-style flaky Egyptian pizza along with specialties that are only sizzled up during the Holy Month of Fasting. We taste the rich apricot drink, soothing grape molasses and syrupy nut and cheese turnovers that feature at Iftar time when communities of the region break their fast. Learn about the different varieties of dates and their significance as the sacred fruit of Ramadan. In addition to sampling the foods, chew on the traditions and stories of Ramadan shared by our passionate and friendly food host.

Our route winds through one of Dubai’s first communities to be urbanized during the 70s and 80s: Al Rigga. This non-touristy Dubai food tour leaves behind the bustling main road to venture into a hidden street that even most residents and taxi-drivers struggle to find. Nevertheless, it is a treasure trove for everything from flavourful mezze to decadent baklava. We visit restaurants in Deira, Dubai, that are small and humble in size but big on flavour and hospitality.

Our route and featured tastings are subject to change. Ramadan specialties are marked with ** below.

Corner Falafel Cafeteria

'Stuffed' falafels for a DIY-sandwich with hummus, fried eggplant and cauliflower, three kinds of sauces and pickles.

Palestinian-Jordanian Restaurant

Rich apricot leather juice** | Sweet cheese and nut turnovers **

Lebanese Baklava Shop

Soothing grape molasses cordial** | 'Pressed' date cookie | Takeaway piece of flaky cashew nut baklava | Mixed boxes of baklava and Arabic cookies also available for purchase.

Egyptian Restaurant

Egyptian 'inside-out' pizza filled with cheese, tomatoes, olives and the Egyptian version of beef pastrami.

Iranian Specialty Ingredients and Sweets Shop

Persian sundae with saffron ice cream and rosewater-spiked frozen rice noodles | Rosewater, saffron and nuts available for purchase.

We meet at the bicycle stand outside Al Rigga Metro Exit #2, Al Rigga Road. The Bicycle stand is steps away from Bollywood Trading. Please be on time, we don't wait for latecomers!

Given the heavy traffic, limited parking and different starting and ending locations, we strongly recommend that you take the metro rather than driving to the trail. If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic.

Meeting Location

53 Al Rigga Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Have questions? Here are the most frequently asked.

How are your Ramadan edition food walks different from the year-round ones?

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.

Do we only walk around and sample food?

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.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

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 ‘munch@fryingpanadventures.com’ prior to purchasing tickets to enable us to advise you if our tours are suitable for you.

What should I bring with me?

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).

What are the change policies on my booking?

Kindly note that our change policies have been amended on March 10, 2018. 

  • For all bookings made on or after March 2018, all tickets are non-refundable/transferable to another date unless the Ticket Guardian insurance is purchased at the time of checkout. Ticket Guardian insurance offers a 100% refund for a number of situations ranging from illness to work conflicts to family emergencies, as long as you notify Ticket Guardian of a cancellation any time before the tour begins.
  • For all bookings made on or before March 9, 2018, we apply the following policy for any tour booking, 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.

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