Feeling Hungry? Here’s Where to tuck in during Dubai Food Festival
The essential places to dine with friends and family during the big foodie event.
Round up your friends and family for the ultimate culinary adventure with our guide on where to eat and what to see during Dubai Food Festival, running until 9 March.
Expand your taste repertoire with a trip to MOE Clubhouse, a brand new culinary concept inside Mall of the Emirates on Level 1, near H&M and the West Food Court.
From experimental 3D printed dishes to light bites with a unique twist, the New-England style space gives diners the chance to indulge in a wide variety of tasty bites from the likes of Acai Shack, The Salad Jar, Pastel Cakes, Poke and Co., Blacksmith Coffee and Daily Prep Co. Following our own recent trip here, we can vouch that your meal will be a serious treat for the senses!
After your feast, go to the games room where you can play a few rounds of football, billiards, air-hockey and mini-golf.
There’s also a Mini MOE Clubhouse for the little ones, where they can meet new friends in a creative setting, with a programme of daily activities and kids’ games – from cupcake decorating to pasta art – to keep them entertained. Older kids and teens can relax in the reading corner or Playstation area.
We all know the struggle of trying to settle on a restaurant when eating out with a group. But whether you’re in the mood for noodles, your friend fancies Arabic food or perhaps the kids are craving pizza, the food courts in Mall of the Emirates have it all and will satisfy everyone’s tastebuds in one convenient space.
At the West Food Court (located just above Ski Dubai where you can go to the slopes for an indoor skiing session), you’ll find interactive installations so you can dine family-style while being entertained throughout DFF.
There’s also a daily ‘Happy Hour’ with plenty of surprises including complimentary tastings and roaming entertainment with musicians, magicians and dancing waiters.
Outdoors by City Centre Mirdif
If street food, games and free entertainment in an Instagram-worthy setting sounds like your kind of vibe then stop by Outdoors, a cool foodie concept at City Centre Mirdif. Located by the main entrance of the mall (where you can sneak in a bit of retail therapy pre- or post-meal), the venue ticks all the boxes for a chilled day out with family and friends.
You’ll find lots to see and do aside from working your way around the many mouth-watering kiosks, including daily movie nights under the stars, arcade games, obstacle courses, a jungle-themed kids’ area and even an ice-skating rink.
Dubai Food Festival dining deals at City Centre Mirdif
To further celebrate DFF, a number of restaurants at City Centre Mirdif, including Super Chix, Chili’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill, are offering a ‘Foodie Hour’ where you can buy one, get one free on select dishes on the menu, during weekdays, from 3pm to 5pm.
Over at City Centre Me’aisem’s Outdoors, visitors can meet adorable animals at a petting zoo, every Friday and Saturday, from 4pm to 7pm.
The DFF Social Hub
City Centre Deira, meanwhile, has transformed its West Food Court into a gastronomic DFF Social Hub, with must-try foodie concepts and dish decorating activities.
There are also lots of games for all ages, such as table footie, ball pools and maze-like installations, plus creative arts and crafts workshops for the little ones.
Win Up To AED25,000!
You could be in with a chance at winning amazing prizes, gift cards, cash and even a car during DFF.
Mall of the Emirates
Spent AED350 to enter a draw to win AED5,000 worth of Mall GiftCards, which can be redeemed at hundreds of shops and restaurants inside Mall of the Emirates.
City Centre Deira
City Centre Deira is giving back to those in need throughout Dubai Food Festival by inviting customers to donate canned food (bought from Carrefour) that will then be distributed to disadvantaged residents across the UAE. Every time you donate, you’ll be entered into a competition to bag a AED2,000 City Centre Gift Card.
It’s just one of many opportunities to win cash prizes during DFF at City Centre Deira.
City Centre Mirdif
Each day during DFF, snap your meal in the mall and share on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #CCMiFoodie for your chance to win an AED500 Mall GiftCard. There’s a AED10,000 GiftCard up for grabs for the best pic of the competition.
What’s more, spend AED200 or more at any stores in the mall during DFF to enter a prize draw to snag a cool AED25,000. Spend the same amount on food and beverages at the mall and have your chance of winning multiplied fivefold.
City Centre Me’aisem and City Centre Al Shindagha
Both malls have teamed up with Dubai Food Festival and Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG) to give away a brand-new Nissan Patrol car! Simply spend over AED50 dining at any food outlets in the malls to enter this amazing prize draw.