Dubai Food Festival was in full gastronomic swing when we arrived in the city last month. Celebrity chefs, pop-up dining, mystery dining tours and home-grown food all made appearances at the culinary collaboration. This was the second Dubai Food Festival which showcases the multicultural aspects, fine-dining and home-grown restaurants of Dubai’s food scene.
I’d never thought of Dubai as a leading gastronomic destination but with over 200 nationalities living in the city there’s a huge culinary diversity and range of flavours including the city’s own Emirati fare and Arabic traditions. The theme at this year’s Dubai Food Festival was ‘Find your Flavour’ and we set out to do just that in the few days we were in the city as we indulged in some of the festival’s delicious line ups.
The Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s iconic high-rise had been teasing me since I arrived in the city. My first jaw-dropping glimpse of the elegant spire was fleeting as I passed by on the journey from the airport. The next day it shimmered in the sunshine, stretching skywards, as we passed it on the way to old Dubai. At night it flirted with us as it winked and sparkled over the city. The Burj Khalifa really has a lot of love for itself. For two days it taunted, tantalised and beckoned until, finally, the day arrived to get up close and personal.
Photo Credit: Dubai Tourism
Dubai is an extraordinary place; home of The Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building, palm-shaped island archipelagos, indoor ski-slopes and aquariums. It’s located on the warm waters of The Arabian Gulf, surrounded by sand dunes and has more than its fair share of sunshine. Before I discovered the city for myself I have to admit to having in my mind more than a cliché or two. Images of a pristine city with a skyline of gleaming glass tower-blocks; infinity malls bursting with bling, countless luxury hotels and innovative architecture. Of course it is all of that but there’s another side to Dubai. Amid the skyscrapers I found a city with an authentic Emirati culture, a rich heritage and a fascinating food scene. If you’re looking for adventure in Dubai you’ll find that too.
Spring is just around the corner, at least I hope it is, so I’ve had a little tidy-up on the blog and given it a slightly cleaner look. What do you think? I hope you like it. I’ve also introduced a new feature on The Travelbunny; a monthly round up of what’s been happening in the past month and a taster of what’s coming up. I’ll recap on articles posted during the month and where my travels have taken me recently. There’ll be updates on what’s been going on in my little social media world and with other bloggers that I love to follow. It’s been a busy month. Here’s what happened in February…