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A look back in time reveals that 1984 was a bit of a bleak year – other than the fact that then president Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day, that is.

Today, as the USA attempts to eat ice cream faster than it melts – which, some might argue, is half the fun – Savoir Flair is sampling everything from traditional Italian gelato to unexpected flavors and true feats of experimental gastronomy in a quest for the best of the best in Dubai. Because why should Americans have all the fun?

Dri Dri

Playful and bursting with color, Dri Dri offers the best in low-fat flavors and sorbets made from organic ingredients. From the ‘Burro Di Arachidi’ made with roasted peanuts to Dri Dri’s speciality, the ‘Crema’, made with organic egg yolk and lemon zest, these frozen treats – with more plant-based options on the horizon – are guaranteed to satisfy all sweet-tooth cravings.

Multiple locations across Dubai
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Grom

With locations around the world, from Milan and Paris to Osaka and Dubai, Grom has earned a global reputation for its high-quality gelato and sorbet. Made using fresh milk, cage-free eggs, and cane sugar, a refreshing scoop of old-fashioned gelato from Grom will transport you to the charming cobblestone streets of Italy. We’re partial to the raspberry sorbet with dark-chocolate chips – for obvious reasons.

Multiple locations across Dubai
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M’OISHÎ

The UAE has its own homegrown mochi ice cream brand – much to our delight – and it continues to satiate with an ever-evolving roster of unconventional flavors, combining the best of Japan and the region into one perfectly bite-sized treat. For summer, M’OISHÎ has introduced six new flavors, but the one that gets our vote? That would be a toss-up between iced coffee and crème brulée.

Multiple locations across Dubai
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Photo: Courtesy of M’OISHÎ

Morelli's Gelato

Family-run since the early 1900s, Morelli’s Gelato serves traditional and artisanal Italian gelato all over the world. Coined the “Rolls-Royce of ice cream”, it’s all about the quality of the traditional flavors (think: vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio). Morelli’s also offers a tempting dulche de leche sundae that’s worth sinking your spoon into.

Multiple locations across Dubai
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Ice Cream Lab

From the posh streets of Beverly Hills, California, Ice Cream Lab brings its molecular gastronomy techniques to Dubai. A true made-to-order ice cream, each creation is freshly concocted using liquid nitrogen. Watch in awe as the scientific experiment unfolds and choose from innovative flavors such as the ‘Rodeo Road’, ‘Lotus Experiment’, ‘Affogato Vanilla’, and plenty more.

Multiple locations across Dubai
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Booza

Inspired by the endless nostalgia brought about by childhood memories, Booza serves traditional Lebanese ice cream with truly universal appeal. Choose from fruity options like pomegranate, strawberry, and lemon if you’re on the lookout for something light and refreshing or regional flavors such as ‘Meghli’ and ‘Halawa’ for something a little different. The ‘Ashta’ flavor comes dipped in chopped pistachios and has somewhat of a cult following – and for good reason.

Multiple locations across Dubai
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booza lebanese ice cream with candy floss and pistachios
Photo: Courtesy of @BoozaFrosties

Nouq

Experts claim that camel milk contains not only less calories and lactose than cow’s milk, but also three times more vitamin C – reason enough to give Nouq a try? The premium ice cream is crafted using 65 percent camel milk, with flavors like ‘Honey Saffron’ and ‘Arabic Mastic’ paying tribute to the region’s culinary traditions. You can find Nouq at various hotels, restaurants, and retailers across the country, but home delivery is certainly a tempting alternative when you rather stay put.

Various locations across the UAE
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Amorino

If you’re looking to indulge in ice cream that’s as Instagrammable as it is appetizing, think Amorino. Free of all artificial colorings and flavorings, the artisanal Italian gelato is shaped to resemble a rose when you order a cone. You can combine as many flavors as you want, but be sure one of them is the signature, incredibly rich ‘Cioccolato Amorino’ that is made using South American cacao.

Multiple locations across Dubai
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ice cream cone amorino gelato
Photo: Courtesy of @AmorinoGelato

Succharia

A hidden gem in the heart of JLT, Succharia serves delicious organic ice cream that is made in Dubai using grass-fed cow’s milk and only the finest ingredients. The creamy ‘Almond Caramel’ and yogurt-based flavors are especially popular, as is the signature ‘Succhatella’, a blend of chocolate and hazelnut. There’s also a handful of sorbet flavors that are vegan-friendly.

Cluster C, JLT
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Eyescream and Friends

Throw a pair of googly eyes onto just about anything and it’s enough to get our attention. The almost-too-cute-to-be-eaten shaved gelato (complete with two candy eyes) by Eyescream and Friends originates in Barcelona and is named just as endearingly – think: ‘Sad Tom’ and ‘Inspector Berry’. Admittedly, it looks better than it tastes, but it’s worth a try for the Instagrammability factor alone.

Dubai Festival City Mall
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eyescream and friends dubai ice cream
Photo: Courtesy of @EyescreamAndFriends.UAE

Cone Street

Great Italian gelato served in a colorful, brightly lit ice cream parlor that looks like something straight out of Grease – that’s Cone Street in a nutshell. You’ll find a range of flavors that are free of sugar and dairy, and nothing on the menu contains chemical preservatives or conservatives. It is, however, the quality of the ingredients used that makes all the difference. The roasted hazelnuts and sour cherries are sourced from Italy, the coffee is 100 percent Arabica, and the cocoa is imported from Switzerland and Belgium.

The Walk, JBR
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Menchie’s

The equation here is a simple one: ice cream sans guilt = frozen yogurt. This Californian fro-yo bar boasts over 100 rotating flavors like ‘Gingerbread’, ‘Raspberry Lemonade’, and ‘Mudpie’. Virtually any dietary restrictions can be accommodated at Menchie’s as you’ll find options that are non-fat, low-carb, gluten-free, or non-dairy. Complement these with naughty or nice toppings of your choice – everything from peanut butter M&Ms and rainbow sprinkles to bananas, fresh berries, and coconut chips is on offer.

The Beach, JBR
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Scoopi

You might’ve heard of Scoopi because of its famous ‘Black Diamond’ dessert, which clocks in at AED 2,999 thanks to a combination of Madagascan vanilla ice cream, Iranian saffron, Italian black truffles, and 23-karat edible gold served in a Versace bowl. Yes, it’s the most expensive ice cream in Dubai. And yes, you get to keep the bowl.

You’ll also find a whole host of other flavors that are both unique and affordable, but we recommend giving Scoopi’s recently introduced take on avocado ice cream a try. This creamy, subtly sweet concoction is drizzled with a raspberry dip, dressed with Mexican chili, and served with chocolate-coated chips. Viva Mexico.

Multiple locations across Dubai
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indian ice cream rasmalai at scoopi cafe dubai
Photo: Courtesy of @ScoopiCafe

Silk Gelato

If there’s one eatery on this list making a case for gelato over ice cream, it’s Silk Gelato. The frozen treats here contain 50 percent less air than ice cream, resulting in a softer and creamier texture. ‘Ferrero’ and ‘Kinder’ are must-haves for chocoholics, while vegans will find coconut milk-based options that are suited to their lifestyle – vanilla, avocado, and coconut included.

Multiple locations across dubai
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iScream

Meet the wild child in town. At iScream, novelty is the name of the game, with the regional likes of ‘Tabbouleh’, ‘Emirati Coffee’, ‘Halawa’, and ‘Umm Ali’ residing on the menu alongside ‘Curry’ and even ‘Flaming Wasabi’. They do, after all, “promise to do things the loud way”. And in this weather? The ‘Screamelon’ filled with soft serve is a no-brainer, really.

La Mer Central, Jumeirah 1
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