From camel shawarma to fancy desserts, the UAE’s bee expert Riath Hamed from Balqees Honey reveals his UAE hotspots…

– Dubai after dark
– Paleo eateries in Dubai
– Guide to farmers’ markets 

Eat: I’m a big fan of Baker & Spice, particularly the Souk Al Manzil branch as I love the home cooked feeling to their dishes. If I’m feeling naughty and want to indulge I recommend La Serre – Chef Izu is an extremely talented cook and his desserts make me go bonkers!

Online: Recently I’ve been getting into changing my eating habits as I’m getting on a bit, so I’ve been researching and ordering anything and everything to do with super foods and nutrition. I love as it’s the largest online raw food and superfood store in the world.

Grooming: I love the ‘Desert Essence’ brand from the Organic Foods & Café. They are natural, organic and environmentally friendly essential oil based products for all the body – I’ve even found a conditioner for my beard and blimey, it smells great!

Culture: The Dubai culture is a cosmopolitan one and I like to experience it, not just from a prism of art but also a collection of gastronomic experiences. Whether I’m having a camel meat shawarma in Safa Park or a falafel manakish in Karama, every dish represents a piece of history, art and definitely a cultural experience.

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