If you get asked the question how would you reply to What to do in Dubai?
Where would you send people to eat and drink and see some of the real city but without spending a fortune? Ideas of meals and experiences giving you more for less.
Read on for my sensible but none the less delicious suggestions of what to Do in Dubai.
Why listen to me?
I’ve been a resident in Dubai since 2006 and and run an award winning food and travel blog and a podcast channel MonicMoments
I love good, healthy food and hate wasting money. So read on and make a list of what you and your visitors could Do In Dubai!
Love Indian Street Food? Then try a TERRIFIC THALI on your What to Do In Dubai List
Indian thali meals are cheap as chips but authentic, hugely authentic and very tasty. They’re great for hearty eaters as you can often have refills of your favourite dishes.
Click the link to Terrific Thali Meals here to find out more where these thali restaurants are which is our favourite!
Want some posh nosh in Dubai? Then pay a fraction of the price by trying some BUSINESS LUNCHES at top end restaurants
Business Lunches are a super way to sample Dubai’s fine dining restaurants on a budget.
Eating at lunchtime means you pay way less than you would at dinner time! Mostly available during week days, so that’s Monday to Thursday and sometimes Friday in Dubai at the moment.
See the pictures with captions below to places we really liked and would go again.
We also like the look of Fi’Lia Italian restaurant at the newish SLS hotel. A 3 course authentic looking business lunch for aed 99 with good views too.
So you’re a Culture Vulture and want to chat to local Emiratis about customs and traditions of the UAE? Then try the HERITAGE EXPRESS Moving Majlis experience.
We LOVED our experience of the Heritage Express moving majlis and learnt so much about Dubai despite having been a resident for some many years!
Click the link to Heritage Express Dubai for all details including which meals you can have as part of the experience, special offers and which sites you get to see on this fascinating tour.
You love FRESH FISH AND SEAFOOD by the sea then eat well for less in a lovely setting
Great value and very tasty prawns, lobsters, crabs and fish straight from the fish market brought to your table cooked Middle Eastern Style. Just look at the location of our Fish Market in Jumeirah to find the location of the seafood restaurant behind it.
Good sayadiya rice and fresh rocket salad are what we recommend to accompany. Everyone we take here LOVES this great value seafood place by the sea in Jumeirah. If you find Dibba Bay Oyster Hut in Jumeirah 2 then you’ve found Azeema seafood too! The tables are set for outdoor eating now.
Tel 050 289 8181
By the way the oyster hut at Dibba Bay Oysters serves oysters at AED 8 from Monday to Thursday from 4.30 to 6.30pm! Their hut is air conditioned too. Call to check before hand on 054 438 8537
NEW LOCATION at the Sheraton JBR! November 2022
You love food markets and a walk by the creek? Then experience DEIRA WATERFRONT MARKET and have lunch before you leave
Group of girls on a big night out? Then research Dubai’s unique LADIES NIGHTS and have some beverages without breaking the bank
Don’t know what a Ladies Night concept is? Then LISTEN to this Ladies Nights podcast to be in the know. Depending on what time of year it is, there is ALWAYS a good Ladies Night in Dubai happening somewhere!
Just ask at your favourite hotel restaurants once you know which area you want to focus on.
Want to buy some fresh fish to take home or just love fish markets then check out our Fish Market in Dubai post here.
LIFE SHOULD BE A BEACH? Then try taking walking along the quiet bit of track beyond Jumeirah fish market near the sailing club
Stunning Sunsets, sand and sea all for free, take a picnic and do some paddle boarding or have coffee and snacks there.
Great walking track and a bike track now built. Want to know more about Paddle Boarding? Read our post on Paddling in Dubai.
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