Ask around: Dubai’s worldwide reputation definitely does not involve the word ‘budget’. Nevertheless, there’s a gleam of hope for frugal foodies and the currency-challenged. Wednesday May 23 heralds the launch of Jumeirah Restaurant Week, a seven-day promotion offering three-course set menus at more than 30 Jumeirah restaurants for either Dhs120 (at its more casual venues) or Dhs180 (at higher-end locations). It’s quite a discount, especially when you’d usually expect to spend up to three times this amount at any other time of the year. Not only is this the first ever restaurant week, but it will be the first of many – organisers hope the event will grow in size each and every year and will one day rival New York’s biannual Restaurant Week.

As well as looking at all those bargains, we’ve also tracked down the very best of the rest of the city’s deliciously decadent but bargain meals. With lunch specials, business offers, afternoon tea deals and evening promotions, we’ve used our calculator to work out how cheaply you can dine at some of the city’s high-end haunts. Get ready to fill up – without emptying your wallet.

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