Restaurants on wheels

Whether you're craving Wagyu beef sliders or spicy fish tacos, Dubai's food trucks offer up plenty of tasty treats.

Like many other cities across the globe, Dubai has embraced the food truck trend. Some have ever-changing locations – follow them on Instagram to see where they’ll be next – while others pop up regularly at markets such as Ripe and annual foodie events like the Dubai Food Festival, or even stay put in one place.
Gourmet burger van Salt has its silver Airstreams parked permanently at Kite Beach. Open from 11am to 2am, you’ll find an alfresco seating area with umbrella-shaded tables alongside an air-conditioned glass cube. The menu features Wagyu beef and chicken Cheetos sliders (a nod to the locals’ love of Chips Oman, a crushed chips, cheese and hot sauce sandwich), as well as the seriously addictive Lotus milkshake made with sweetly spiced Belgian biscuits.

 

Dining in the sunshine at Salt

 

Also housed in a 1960s Airstream, Vida is the much-loved casual eatery from the team at Vida Downtown Dubai hotel. It serves up street food favourites such as lamb sliders and fish tacos on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, daily from 11am to 11pm. On weekends – that’s Friday and Saturday in Dubai – a second caravan sets up at The Terrace at the creek, a scenic new spot with knockout views of the city skyline, from 10am to 10pm.

You can’t miss the bright orange van of Calle Tacos tootling around the city, or parked up at Dubai Design District – known as d3 – every Tuesday from 11am to 5pm. The van takes its inspiration from LA’s Mexican street food culture, serving tacos, nachos, burritos and quesadillas with homemade salsas. Be sure to leave room for the Nachos Nutella topped with strawberries and cream.

Often spotted by Umm Suqeim beach next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jake’s Burgers serves up bagel burgers with Angus beef patties and toppings piled high. For something a little different, try the Shaka burger with dukkah spiced chicken and beetroot relish, or the Hang Ten chickpea and quinoa burger smothered in harissa sauce.

Meanwhile, newcomer GObai has already become a firm favourite at Ripe Market, thanks to its delicious fusion food inspired by Goa – try the Goan bao stuffed with pulled lamb. It’s one of ten trucks pitching up at Emirates Golf Club for the new Food Truck Brunch, with unlimited food and house beverages, plus live music on the grass, every Saturday from 12pm-4pm during the cooler winter months.

 

GObai

 

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The emirate has a sub-tropical desert climate, which means blue skies and beach weather in winter (Dec-Jan) and hot and humid summers (Jun-Aug). The best time to visit is from October to April when temperatures are in the mid-20°Cs to low-30°Cs. July and August are the hottest months as the mercury rarely dips below 40°C, still the city accommodates this with indoor attractions and air-conditioned facilities everywhere.

 

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