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Dubai Food Festival Returns

Dubai Food Festival (DFF), Dubai’s annual citywide culinary celebration, will return to the city from Feb. 23 – March 11, bigger and better than ever, offering the foodie in all of us a 17-day program of events, activities, promotions and appearances by a host of soon-to-be-announced celebrity chefs.

The festival brings together the best of Dubai’s gastronomy offerings and shines a spotlight on the range of cuisine available throughout the city, from the most elite dining experiences to hidden eateries off the beaten track. Presenting the latest food trends and concepts, where award winning fine dining can be enjoyed for an exceptional price, DFF offers a feast of food-related events and is sure to whet the appetite of foodies across the city.


“We are delighted to bring Dubai Food Festival back this year, uniting people all over the city with a 17-day menu of incredible dining experiences, luxury food concepts and a flavor of local dishes,” said Issam Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM). “From desert dining to stunning waterside restaurants, Dubai Food Festival is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Dubai’s rich melting pot of cuisine and put our city firmly on the global gastronomy map for the world to see.”

Among the highlights of DFF 2017 are the Etisalat Beach Canteen, Miele Dubai Restaurant Week, Dubai Hidden Gems and the Dine & Win promotion.

Etisalat Beach Canteen

Taking up residency at its new location at Sunset Beach, the Etisalat Beach Canteen is the free-to-attend DFF beach club bringing people a fiesta of food, entertainment, sport, fitness and family fun throughout the festival. Four times bigger than last year, Etisalat Beach Canteen will serve as the festival hub offering visitors exciting home-grown restaurant concepts, delicious food truck dishes and unique high-end beach dining experiences. There will also be Al Islami Masterclasses featuring celebrity chefs, beach sports and children’s activities.

Foodies will be able to treat their taste buds to a variety of dishes, including local Emirati cuisine and an eclectic mix of food truck fare, whilst the health-conscious can take part in beach yoga classes or enjoy a delicious fruit smoothie.

The bustling, vibrant beach location will also act as the ticketing hub for the entire festival selling entrance tickets to all key Dubai Food Festival events plus providing information on the full 17-day program. Those who are keen to get updates on Etisalat Beach Canteen can stay tuned to Dubai Food Festival social media channels and its website for the latest announcements and where to book.

Miele Dubai Restaurant Week

The culinary jewel in the crown of the festival will be the Miele Dubai Restaurant Week (MDRW), wherein 15 of Dubai’s  high-end restaurants will offer an exclusive, limited edition three-course set menu from Feb. 23 to March 4 for a tasty price of 199 AED per person, with bookings now open through the official booking partner, RoundMenu.

Highlighting the very best of Dubai’s culinary excellence, diners can indulge in unique world-class dining experiences throughout Miele Dubai Restaurant Week at some of the city’s globally recognized venues, including Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen at Atlantis, The Palm, the stunning Pier Chic and the vibrant Scape Restaurant & Bar at the Burj Al Arab. From American to Argentinian, seafood to steak, there is a whole host of cuisine from all corners of the globe for foodies to sink their teeth into.

Dubai Hidden Gems

Take part in Dubai’s annual citywide culinary celebration by casting your votes during the Dubai Hidden Gems campaign and unearth some of Dubai’s most popular and undiscovered restaurants.

From Egyptian to Emirati, American to Arabic, there is a veritable feast of culinary delights vying to be crowned one of Dubai’s top 10 Hidden Gems, all selected for holding a special place in the hearts of Dubai residents. All of the venues shortlisted and open for public voting are local, independent, boutique eateries that offer warm service and great food.

Once the winners have been crowned, food-lovers across the UAE will be able to book a Hidden Gems tour comprising visits to each of the winning restaurants that will take place during the festival. If that isn’t enough, anyone who casts a vote will be automatically entered in a grand prize draw to win a tantalizingly tasty prize of a three night stay at a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Dubai’s old district, a tour of 2017’s official Hidden Gems restaurants led by a top foodie influencer plus a luxury dinner experience for two at one of the city’s top fine dining restaurants.


Visit www.dubaifoodfestival.com or follow the Dubai Food Festival social media channels on Twitter and Instagram for further information and event updates.


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Photographs by: Dubai Food Festival

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