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A foodies guide to: Dubai


Dubai has a great array of cuisine, from local favourites to Michelin starred celebrity hangouts, you’ll find it all.

When it comes to hotels, Dubai has some of the most iconic in the world and many come with equally luxurious dining opportunities. In fact, some of the best restaurants in Dubai are known to reside within hotels such as the Burj Al Arab, One&Only Royal Mirage and the Madinat Jumeirah, so first up, here are our favourites within the hotels themselves.

Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab
Al Mahara restaurant, Burj Al Arab
Al Mahara restaurant, Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is home to a multitude of restaurants including Al Iwan, one of its most famed and serving up only the best in Arabian cuisine in opulent surroundings. Open throughout the day, it is ideal for anyone looking for traditional Arabic fare with views out over the ocean. Another favourite at the Burj is the Al Mahara, or ‘The Oyster Shell’ in Arabic. It offers a great array of fresh seafood in a chic setting surrounding by the great aquarium. However, it is Al Muntaha, or ‘The Top’ that really lures diners to the Burj. On the 27th floor, the views are simply outstanding and the modern European cuisine, delightful.

One&Only Royal Mirage
One&Only Royal Mirage
Celebrities restaurant, One&Only Royal Mirage
Celebrities restaurant, One&Only Royal Mirage

The One&Only Royal Mirage is another hotel with a wealth of restaurants, the favourites being the amazing seafood at The Jetty Lounge, which, as its name suggests, is located on a jetty jutting out in the gulf. The second is the newly revamped Celebrities, which has upgraded its look and feel with crystal chandeliers and stylish architecture to enhance the sophisticated atmosphere and classic European menu.

Madinat Jumeirah - Al Qasr
Madinat Jumeirah - Al Qasr
Pierchic restaurant, Madinat Jumeirah
Pierchic restaurant, Madinat Jumeirah

The Madinat Jumeirah is the third and final hotel on our list, though many more were named. A favourite of our colleagues was the Al Fayrooz Lounge, renowned across the Emirates for its afternoon tea. Here you’ll find views of the Gulf, wonderful traditional English cakes and sandwiches as well as an array of teas. Our second favourite here is Pierchic, which serves outstanding seafood, which has won multiple awards, in chic surrounds.

Deira Spice Souk
Deira Spice Souk

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