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American expats wishing to celebrate Thanksgiving will be happy to know that a few restaurants throughout Dubai have organized a feast for you! Why not bring along your non-American friends to share in the celebration!  A few restaurants are also offering Thanksgiving  turkey take-away menus if you feel like having celebrating at home without having to slave all day in the kitchen. Read more

With the festive season just round the corner and the weather having just hit ‘perfect’ on the thermometer what better way to celebrate than hosting a party at home.

However, at Expat Echo Dubai we believe you should enjoy the party too so have put together a list of outside catering companies which will rescue you from days spent in the kitchen filling canapés and polishing the glasses & cutlery.  These companies will arrive at your home with the food, tables, chairs, table cloths and even the waiters.  Many of the companies can provide anything ranging from a five course sit down dinner to the Shawarma man (secretly everyone’s favorite!). Read more

While Halloween is no where near as popular in Dubai as it is in North-America, we still have our fair share of fun parties and events to please the homesick expat!  Trick or treating is getting increasingly popular in Dubai’s expat communities such as The Springs, The Meadows, and Arabian Ranches.  Many parents choose to host Halloween parties at home with their little ones and friends.  The shops are already filling up with Halloween decorations, sweeties and costumes! Are you ready for a freakishly good time? Read more

Processed with MoldivWith the rather long steamy summer behind us now, brunch season is in full swing, so back by popular demand is this year’s Dubai round-up. I have purposely pulled together a selection that differs from 2013’s (which you can refer to here). You’ll find a mix of newbies, al fresco options, buffet, à la carte or the now mainstream, half-half brunch, plus many on Friday and some on Saturday – but bar one restaurant – what ties them together is free-flowing champagne (and am talking the real French deal), if you so wish to opt for that package.

All of these brunches are tried and tasted by myself or FooDiva’s guest reviewers. So voila, here’s FooDiva’s 2014 round-up of top 8 brunches in Dubai – in alphabetical order: Read more

Greg-Malouf-dish-300x287With Ramadan starting on Sunday and many of you not fasting, we’ve once again rounded up the independent restaurants and cafés open for daytime dining in Dubai throughout the holy month. All hotels and golf/ community clubs will also have at least one restaurant open – and there are plenty more outlets just open for take-away or delivery. Needless to say there’s no booze from dawn to sunset anywhere…well home and hotel rooms aside ;) .

We’re lucky we live in a tolerant Muslim society where many eateries do obtain a special licence to feed our expat appetites – but just be mindful of our Muslim friends, and patient with waiting staff who may be fasting.

This year we have nearly 60 stand-alone eateries open across Dubai for lunch, and in many cases breakfast and afternoon tea/ coffee too, so I have grouped them into districts for ease of reference. Huge credit and thank you to Geordie Armani who did most of the fact-checking this year – any inaccuracies blame me ;) . You can find her round-up here. Read more

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five Pillars of Islam. The fast is observed each day from sunrise to sunset. Muslims rise before dawn to have a pre-fast meal which is called Suhoor and after dusk, they break their fast with the Iftar meal. Celebrating the holy month of Ramadan has become a fusion of culture and religion. Come Iftar and Suhoor families can be seen heading to either tents or popular restaurants in different hotels across Dubai. Most Iftar venues in hotels are bedecked with Arabic and Ramadan themes, others have gone beyond that by putting up special tents overlooking the most tranquil of surroundings and they all have their own special way of wooing families, with Iftar food specialties playing a major role. Read more

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