I was poking around on TripAdvisor last weekend and noticed there was a thread about bringing gluten-free bread to Dubai. I always travel with my own gluten-free food, but have never been to a part of the world where I thought they might confiscate my gluten-free food. I responded to the thread that maybe a doctor’s note as well as a copy of the prescription for the gluten-free food might be helpful when traveling to the Middle East.
This post got me thinking about a city and a country that I know very little about. I have to be honest that since most of my travel is solo, I am wary about going to the Middle East alone as a woman. There is so much I want to see and do in this world, but this part of the world hasn’t been very high on my list especially in the past few tumultuous months. But I digress.
Is gluten-free in the United Arab Emirates doable? Are there dining options as well as places to purchase gluten-free groceries? I started doing some research and here are some exciting links I found.
Delicious in Dubai – Gluten Free Cakes: Homemade cookies and cakes made to order and delivered right to your door.
Organic Foods and Cafe: a family-run organic supermarket and cafe with two locations in Dubai.
Carboholix Trading: an online shop and market featuring low carbohydrate foods, including gluten-free options.
Gluten-Free UAE: “Hoping to help all those living gluten-free in the United Arab Emirates.” This is a really great blog started by expat Linda Forster, a mother of a Celiac daughter. This website also seems to co-sponsor gluten-free monthly events at Organic Foods and Cafe.
Gluten-free featured in Time Out Dubai:short article featuring Gluten-Free UAE.
Divalicious in Dubai: Mostly recipes, but a few tips on where to buy gluten-free ingredients in Dubai.
P.F. Chang’s: Located in the Dubai Mall, they offer a gluten-free menu but according to Gluten-Free UAE they do not have a separate kitchen so it is not as safe as the United States
Milk & Honey: A gourmet grocer that sells a wide variety of organic foods, gluten-free snacks, nuts and seeds, and so much more. They accept credit cards and even deliver!
Have you been on a gluten-free trip to Dubai or other cities in the UAE? Any tips you want to share?