Penny De Los Santos street food in Dubai tour
Penny De Los Santos street food in Dubai tour

VIDEO: Touring Dubai’s best street food vendors

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What’s On tucks into some of the best street food in Dubai on a tour with Penny De Los Santos, who is exhibiting at Dubai Food Festival.


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As part of the Dubai Food Festival, renowned street food photographer Penny De Los Santos has been exhibiting some 30-pieces of her works at Dubai Airport.

The award-winning snapper, who is a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine, Time, Sports Illustrated, and many more, is on her first visit to the region, and granted What’s On a tour of some of the city’s street food vendors.

In total, she took in more than 70 locations through Bur Dubai, Deira, The Creek and surrounding areas, documenting pop-up vendors, markets and open air restaurants.

Penny De Los Santos street food in Dubai tour

Penny De Los Santos street food in Dubai tour

Speaking to Gulf News during the tour, Penny said: “Of all the places I’ve travelled to around the world, I can honestly say that very few cities offer the same diversity and range of food as Dubai. If I’m speaking honestly, the exhibition really only scratches the surface of Dubai’s incredible food scene.”

And discussing her exhibition, she added: “The aim is to capture the ‘heart of Dubai’ — the real city. Food is one of those things that really embodies the soul of a city, so it was a perfect avenue to capture how Dubai really ticks. Dubai is well known for its five-star hotels and restaurants, which are truly spectacular, but I wanted to showcase the elements of the city that go beyond the glamour.

Penny De Los Santos street food in Dubai tour

Penny De Los Santos street food in Dubai tour

“I was amazed and awed at what I discovered during my visit. I couldn’t believe the amount and diversity of scenes, flavours and nationalities on offer in a single city. I think my photographs represent a side of Dubai that most people are unaware of, and I hope this exhibition brings to light what amazing culinary diversity the Emirate has to offer.”

Some of the places Penny visited were:
– Bu Qtair, Umm Suqeim
– Deira Fish and Vegetable Market
– Al Bait Al Baghdadi Restaurant, Muteena Street
– Maharaj bhog, Karama
– Bait Al Wakeel, Textile Souk, Bur Dubai
– Kebab Colony
– Raju Omlet, Karama
– Ravi Restaurant, Satwa

Penny De Los Santos street food in Dubai tour

What’s On‘s videographer Ajith Narendra was hot on Penny’s heels through much of her tour. You can see the video below.