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The Dubai Food Festival is a carnival for the UAE’s food lovers and 2015 is set to attract even more visitors to the event. Lasting 23 days, The Dubai Food Festival has a menu to satiate any nationality’s taste buds and is a must for locals, travellers and expats in Dubai.
Hosting everything from a Shopping Festival to the Dubai Rugby Sevens, the Emirate is famous for its tendency to extravagance and celebration. The Food Festival is no exception. This delectable event is inspired by the tastes of Dubai and will showcase the collision of global cuisines that flavour the Middle East’s restaurants’ menus.
Dubai has become a gastronomical melting pot thanks to the droves of people from around the world who flock to the city for work opportunities. Combining Arabian tastes and Asian influences with flavours from further afield, Dubai’s eating scene has evolved as quickly as the city itself. Over 200 nationalities have established a life in Dubai and the diverse combination of cultures has contributed to the nation’s appetite for the best food and drink.
At the Dubai Food Festival you can spot top chefs, sample international dishes and enjoy a welcome assault on the senses. Plus, there’s something for every budget. The events range from local, home-grown exhibitions of talent to celebrations of five star luxury restaurants.
Highlights of the Dubai Food Festival are a stunning street food photography exhibition at Dubai International Airport, unique mystery dining tours and an insight into the goings on at Dubai’s urban farm.
The Dubai Food Festival itinerary reflects the eclectic nature of the Gulf. Indulge in everything from falafel from street food trucks to caviar from sky high hotels, catch a showing of a foodie film such as Chocolat, or take in the heady scents and sounds at a food market.
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Sampling local delicacies and food from other nations is a great way to immerse yourself in other cultures, and provides a fantastic opportunity for new expats in Dubai to venture into their new environment.
Dubai Food Festival is organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and is part of a broader strategy to develop a year-round programme of citywide festivals that acts as a major contributor to the growth of the tourism and retail sectors. This reflects the steps Dubai is taking to move away from its reliance on oil and promote the nation’s alternative sectors.
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