26 February 2015: Dubai Tourism invited me to attend the Dubai Food Festival. I thought Dubai was only for the lovers of sandy beaches, golfers and those holidaymakers who value five-star hotels and chic shopping malls more than historic museums. I could not have been more wrong. What a revelation. Dubai is a food paradise with a rich food culture where chefs from all over the world use innovative cooking techniques to create modern Emirati dishes.

The Dubai Food Festival wanted to highlight four aspects of Dubai food: the Emirati food culture, the international cuisine, the local products and the amazing street food. And my oh my …. they did just that and more! It was a feast … from the street, to the desert, to the most breathtaking restaurants. Bravo Dubai Bravo!

I have captured my wonderful Dubai journey through my lens.

This food truck says it all: Dubai's food is fresh, exciting, innovative, scrumptious and absolutely beautiful. Bravo! Image: Dubai Tourism

This food truck says it all: Dubai’s food is fresh, exciting, innovative, scrumptious and absolutely beautiful. Bravo! Image: Dubai Tourism

 I stayed in the spectacular The Address Hotel at the Dubai Mall. One of the best hotels I have ever had the privileged to stay in! | Image:  The Address Dubai Mall

I stayed in the spectacular The Address Hotel at the Dubai Mall. One of the best hotels I have ever had the privileged to stay in! | Image: The Address Dubai Mall

A Bedouin tribe leader treated us to a traditional Emirati breakfast in the desert.

A Bedouin tribe leader treated us to a traditional Emirati breakfast in the desert.

The Bedouin leader that hosted our breakfast

The Bedouin leader that hosted our breakfast

Breakfast consisted of sweet spaghetti and egg, zataar pancakes and flapjacks.

Breakfast consisted of sweet spaghetti and egg, zataar pancakes and flapjacks.

For the first time in my life I saw an oryx - beautiful creatures.

For the first time in my life I saw an oryx – beautiful creatures.

A visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding is a must for all tourists.  We started our cultural journey with some Arabica coffee and dates.

A visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding is a must for all tourists. We started our cultural journey with some Arabica coffee and dates.

At the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding where Nasif Kayed told us more about the local culture in Dubai.

At the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding where Nasif Kayed told us more about the local culture in Dubai.

Halloumi wrap from one of the beautiful food trucks.

Halloumi wrap from one of the beautiful food trucks.

Chickpeas in a basket  in the desert

Chickpeas in a basket in the desert

A spectacular view form Burj Khalifa's 148th floor

A spectacular view form Burj Khalifa’s 148th floor

We ate at the spectacular Qbara restaurant. The food is authentic but not traditional. Please put this gem on your bucket list.

We ate at the spectacular Qbara restaurant. The food is authentic but not traditional. Please put this gem on your bucket list.

Qbara

Next year be on the look out for the Dubai Food Festival.

Next year be on the look out for the Dubai Food Festival.

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