One night, one meal might be a good name for a (recurring blog) series, but until I can rediscover where most of my photos went, it’ll serve as a reminder to me and everyone else to periodically back up our files!
That said, let’s get to the gist of this post– food. On a recent round-the-world trip, I had a layover in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates). Although I’ve been before, it’s an exceedingly dull place that warrants no return other than to transit for a short time…ok, and to grab a bite.
If you land at Terminal 2 at DXB and don’t want to hail a taxi, the airport just laughs at you as your only other option is a public bus (Terminals 1 and 3 have metro stops, too). As the buses don’t take cash, you have to track down a driver randomly selling a nol transit card, but have exact change otherwise he, too will laugh at you.
Once you’re on board the bus – females and kids in the front, males in the back – take it to near the Fish Roundabout in Deira. Without a doubt, that’s the only part of town I tolerate, and here’s one reason why:
Deira is the older, working-class section of Dubai. That’s where textile, mobile phone and who-knows-what-else traders from around the world swarm; consequently, that’s where their humbler restaurants and cafeterias – as well as cheaper lodging – exist.
Though South Asian eats are plentiful in Deira, as I was on my way to Nepal, I figured a giant spread of ful medames – fava beans with oil and cumin, among other ingredients, fattoush, shawarma, two plates of pickles, and a banana shake would fit the bill. Indeed, it all did.
If you had one night and one meal in Dubai, what would you eat?