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Special Features Reveal Insider Tips to Discovering Dubai’s Top Airport Restaurants

Countless tourists make their trip to Dubai every year just to see how the city that’s known the world over for making the impossible possible beautifully accomplish this feat. All of them discover, however, that not only is Dubai a destination of magnificent wonder, it’s also a gastronomic paradise. They don’t even have to step out of or drive too far away from the airport to find the best eats in the city.

There’s a long list of restaurants within Dubai’s airport and airport road – so, how do you find the top class from the duds? Here are some insider tips from MenuPages, the most in-depth online guide to Dubai’s restaurants.

1. If there’s a huge crowd in it, the food’s definitely the reason behind it.

Don’t be lured by the nice interior of restaurants if you’re searching for the yummiest eats. Check out the dining establishments that attract a huge crowd. After a long plane flight, you want to be satisfied and everybody else thinks the same. The restaurants at the airport (and around it) that always have customers have already “collected” a loyal following who were gastronomically satisfied their first, second, third – tenth visit. Take a cue from them and discover what keeps them coming back for more because no doubt, it’s something good.

2. Found a restaurant that looks cool? Connect to the airport’s internet service and check the ratings.

There are so many websites that offer ratings for highly visible restaurants – online ratings are usually reliable especially if testimonials are present. Say, you’re looking for the best Italian restaurants in Dubai, you will find Casa Mia which is located at La Meridien on Airport Road on the list in MenuPages’ website, as well as its rating of 5/5 stars (consistent with other websites’ ratings). Apart from the ratings, there’s also information on the price range of menu items on the site, so you can easily choose from the restaurant options that fit your budget.

3. Get a recommendation from an airport employee.

There’s always good buzz about really good restaurants at the airport and airport employees typically know the low-down (such as where restaurants source their ingredients, and even the specials for the day) especially if you’re looking for the budget-friendliest places within the vicinity.

4. Talk to fellow plane passengers.

You certainly will find some people on your flight who come in and out of Dubai frequently as well as locals who have sampled many of the restaurants at the airport and nearby. Strike up a conversation and inquire about their dining experiences at the airport and score additional information such as proper dining etiquette at Sukhothai (one of the best Thai restaurants in Dubai located along Airport Road), and the best way to eat signature dishes. Not only can they recommend the best restaurants at the airport, their advice can even enhance your dining experience.

5. Try your own version of “restaurant telephone.”

Say, you’re getting coffee at one of the hip cafes at the airport, talk to the servers and ask them where they like to catch some grub nearby and then ask the servers at the place you’ve been directed to recommend another restaurant for you – capitalize on this kind of social collision. Servers are great sources of insider information because they’re in the industry, you can trust them to direct you to the right places for eat and run, or dine and unwind (especially if you’re just on layover).

6. Go on social media.

Since Dubai is such a popular tourist destination, for sure you have friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram who have been here and can recommend you airport restaurants worth checking out. These are the kind of venues that may not even be featured on popular lists because they’re often overshadowed by longer-established dining places. How great would it be to find a really good restaurant that’s not as crowded and noisy?

Airport restaurants cater to a traveler’s lifestyle so they’re really wonderful to try when you’re exploring the world. Don’t pass up the chance to see what the best airport restaurants have to offer. If you want to get the best value for your money in terms of food quality and overall experience, do take into consideration the tips shared here.


Kumar Samtani is the co-founder of With an educational background in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the prestigious University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Kumar's expertise lies in process improvement & operations management for all types of organizations. He is also an experienced entrepreneur with business interests in consumer goods, hospitality supplies & real estate.

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