About Us

We have pioneered food and culture walking tours in Dubai since 2013.

Frying Pan Adventures is the lovechild of an 80’s Dubai child who made a commitment to preserve the foods, stories and community feel of a city that has witnessed incredible change through her lifetime. Our team of longtime locals loves exploring, researching and storytelling as much as we do eating—and we’re always hungry for new ways to rediscover the city we call home.

Our 4 hour walking food tours and custom-tailored food events in Old Dubai are a favourite not only with discerning visitors to Dubai but also to many residents, both old and new. We have curated our tours for travelers and residents whose curiosity and open-mindedness leads them through doors that most tourists may not open.

Our Frying Pan Family

Arva Ahmed

Arva Saleem Ahmed

Founder and Chief Executive Muncher

Old Dubai child. Dorm-cook, Wharton undergrad and MBA, Philly. Ex-Management Consultant, NYC. Co-host of The Frying Pan Diaries (fryingpan.fm). Budding ice-cream maker. Cast iron addict.

Farida Ahmed

Farida Ahmed

General Manager & Food Tour Guide

Dubai, Switzerland, USA, Goa. Hospitality veteran. Event planning wizard. Social media savant. Swiss fondue fanatic. Adventurous eater. Kangaroo steak to Croc meat.

Atiya Fatima

Atiya Fatima

Administration Associate

Creative brainpower. Arts Degree. Aspiring photographer. Indian at heart. Soft spot for Hyderabadi Biryani. Bargain bloodhound in the souk. Jack of all trades, master of those involving chocolate.

Tanya Rehman

Tanya Rehman

Food Tour Guide

Singapore and Dubai raised. Ex-banker. Current entrepreneur. Avid home chef who loves feeding people her wares. Indian food lover. In a relationship with biryani.

Joanne Mascarenhas

Joanne Mascarenhas

Food Tour Guide

Mumbai born, Dubai raised. Advertising & planning wiz. Always up for fun and French fries. Persistent itch to travel & explore. Forever prioritizing eating over everything else.