Eating economically in Dubai

Whether on a business expense account or using personal funds, prudent travelers want to keep expenses under control. The upmarket AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel has just introduced a special lunch offering that will help when it comes time to dine.

Dubai is the world’s eighth most-expensive city according to the Savills Live/Work Index and meals are certainly not an exception.

During my 2016 visit, one of the least expensive bottles of wine at the noted Mediterranean restaurant Qbara (which has since closed) was 400 Emirati dirham (AED), or about US$109. A business lunch in my hotel’s Indian restaurant was AED 99, or about $27 without alcohol.

With those experiences top of mind, I was pleased to learn that the AVANI Deira's Jigsaw Restaurant has begun offering a business lunch menu for AED 49, or about $13.50. Of course, it is available to more than business people; leisure travelers to Dubai can also partake.

In keeping with the city’s appeal to visitors from a wide range of cultures, three different cuisines are offered, including an Arabic menu, an Indian menu and a Western menu. Lunches also include soft drinks, water and unlimited access to a cold buffet and a dessert buffet. Reservations are recommended.

The AVANI Deria is a five-star hotel located four kilometers from Dubai International Airport (DXB). Located at the corner of Abu Baker Al Siddique and Sallahudin Road, the hotel is just steps from the Abu Baker Al Siddique Metro Station, four kilometers from the city’s historic Gold Souk and Spice Souk, nine km from the Dubai World Trade Centre and 13 km from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

In addition, Dubai offers shopping at two of the world’s largest malls, the Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall. High-end shopping is available at some of the world’s best-known retail names including Fortnum & Mason, Bloomingdale’s, Galeries Lafayette, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Paris Galeries, among many others. A variety of indoor activities are available ranging from ice skating to snow skiing.

The nearby Persian Gulf and its beaches beckon, though water temperatures average about 31 degrees Celsius, or 88 degrees Fahrenheit in August. Daily high temperatures on land decrease from 41 degrees C or 106 degrees F, to 40 degrees C or 103 degrees F over the course of the month, according to

For an overview of this interesting city, read the article, “Making the most of Dubai.

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