23 Hours in Dubai

23 Hours in Dubai

What do you do when you have a 23-hour layover in Dubai? Maybe grab a bite to eat?

Dubai is often called “Las Vegas of the Middle East”, only bigger and better. That’s pretty accurate, I’d say. It’s big and flashy with opulent “7-star” hotels, massive water fountain displays, and exorbitant man-made islands. It’s also much less seedy than America’s Sin City.

Cheap seats, believe it or not
Crowds gather for the water fountain show (just like Vegas only much grander)

Despite its reputation for ostentatious displays of wealth, Dubai has a rich and flourishing street food culture too. In a city where most of the work is done by foreigners, it’s no surprise that you can find fantastic falafel, surprisingly good pizza, and spicy curry all right next to each other. With so many nationalities (like Pakistanis, Moroccans, Filipinos, even a handful of Peruvians) mixing together in such a small space, Dubai is a fantastic place for a travelling foodie.

Sweet and cheesy
Every kind of nut and spice you can imagine
A real estate agent explains Islam
Salted fish salad – a very traditional dish
Chef Rabeh shows how to prepare traditional Emirati cuisine during a cooking class
Dhows – traditional cargo boats still used to trade with the Gulf, India, and Africa

A short and sweet visit but certainly a delicious one.