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Five Foodie Delights in the Middle East

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Laura Jones

Taste the tantalising flavours which hide amongst the desert dunes...

From traversing the rocky mountain landscapes of Oman, to shopping and sightseeing in cosmopolitan Dubai, food may not be the first thing that comes to mind in the Middle East. However, hidden amongst the towering skyscrapers, authentic attractions and golden sand dunes lie culinary experiences that are guaranteed to leave your palate wanting more.
Dining at Al Maheet Desert Camp
Dining at Al Maheet Desert Camp

Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa

A contemporary homage to Bedouin culture, Al Mabeet Desert Camp at Jumeirah Al Wathba brings dining to the heart of the dunes. Having hosted royal guests and heads of Bedouin tribes, this regal setting will not only take you away from the bright city lights but indulge you in a taste of nomadic living. Savour al fresco delights throughout the evening, from clay pots brimming with appetizers including olives and ouzi, to fresh prawns, mixed meats and crunchy salads. As your authentic feast is prepared before your eyes by the resort's expert chefs, delight in a plethora of sense-stirring entertainment from belly dancers and fire artists, to the melodies of a traditional live band.

Atlantis, The Palm

While this world-famous Dubai bolthole has an overwhelming choice of dining options, the immersive fine dining of Ossiano is not to be missed. Led by award-winning French Chef Grégoire Berger, you'll not only relish indulgent cuisine, including seafood, caviar and avant-garde creations, but also the magic of the restaurant's dream-like underwater setting. Watch as stingrays, sharks and fish glide by your table through the floor-to-ceiling windows, while you savour up to eleven immaculately presented courses. Considered to be Dubai's most romantic restaurant, this a venue not to be missed for that extra special experience with your loved one!
Ossiano at Atlantis, The Palm
Ossiano at Atlantis, The Palm

The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah

From freshly prepared sushi to a dedicated 'Fish Sommelier', it's safe to say The Oberoi Al Zorah has finessed the art of seafood, and where better to enjoy it than beside the water? With a customised menu and specially selected wines, indulge in dinner at the resort's beach cabana, where you're free to relish the uninterrupted views of starlit skies and boundless ocean waters. Whether you opt for a custom-designed, three-course dinner or a tantalising barbecue feast, the seclusion and intimacy of this sandy setting will leave you feeling a world away from the bright lights and bustle of nearby Dubai.

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Experience Oman's top table - literally. Set at over 250m above sea level, the resort's mountaintop eatery Sense on the Edge will take your taste buds on a sensory journey around the world, serving everything from international delicacies infused with Omani flair, to refined regional favourites garnished with orange blossom and lavender. While every table showcases views that are nothing short of spectacular, Starlight and Moonlight tables sit perched on private terraces for a heightened star-viewing experience. Make sure to be seated before sunset to witness one of the region's most breathtaking evening panoramas.
Sense on the Edge at Six Senses Zighy Bay
Afternoon Tea at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Beach at The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

One of Dubai's most elegant experiences, the royal tradition of Afternoon Tea on the 27th floor of the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the perfect pick-me-up following a day in the bustling city. Alongside exotic teas and coffees, or a glass of chilled Champagne, nibble on a quintessential menu of fresh scones, handmade sandwiches and cakes, with clotted cream, preserves and jams. The views here are no less exclusive, with the glittering Dubai skyline and turquoise waters in clear sight through the panoramic windows, curating a dreamy High Tea experience from beginning to end.

Laura Jones

Digital Content Executive

From my home in picturesque North Wales, my travels have taken me from the idyllic Greek Islands to the bright lights of New York - always with a very full suitcase, of course!

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