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Dubai is a destination known worldwide for its great variety of international cuisine. Many of the luxurious hotels in Dubai that are hiring the most renowned chefs in the world to give prestige to their respective chains of restaurants, in a city where glamor and eccentricity are the order of the day. Saying which is the typical food of Dubai seems difficult, since there are a variety of typical dishes in the United Arab Emirates.

In this small list, we will find the typical food of Dubai in all its aspects, both main dishes, Arab sweets and of course Arabic tea. Where to eat in Dubai depends a lot on what you are looking for. You can go from extreme luxury to street food in the blink of an eye. Dubai is the most cosmopolitan city in the Middle East.

Those who visit Dubai can play it safe by choosing places that prepare international food, but of course, it is also recommended to taste some of the local dishes in order to learn a little more about this Middle Eastern culture.

So you can find anything to eat from restaurants in Dubai from Syrian, Indian, Italian, Russian, Thai and American chains. It has the reputation of being an expensive destination but also a good place to find street food in Dubai (with traditional flavors) and very cheap! Of course, for that you must go to popular areas, not to the shopping centers! Below are some of the neighborhoods and restaurants with good value for money.

Best Food in Dubai - Typical Dishes and Restaurants

Restaurants in Meena Bazaar


Between the Al Fahidi metro station (to the south) and the Dubai Museum (to the north). The name of this neighborhood originated when taxi drivers began to call it that because of its resemblance to the Meena Bazaar in New Delhi. In the 70s one opened a store with that name and from then on that denomination took even more strength.

It is a commercial area where you can find a little bit of everything. There are nationalities of all kinds from Indians, Pakistanis, Arabs, Afghans to name a few. So its gastronomy is a reflection of this diversity. Many of the restaurants or shops are run by Indians who are mostly Sikhs. It's the Little India of Dubai.

Restaurants in Deira


This area does not have major tourist attractions but it is worth to visit its souks and its restaurants or street food! Here the atmosphere is more pleasant if you prefer walking through pedestrian streets instead of between highways, skyscrapers and shopping centers. Another street full of restaurants in the area is Al Mateena.

Dubai is an Islamic country so it is quite strict in certain rules. No pork or alcohol is found in most restaurants. There are some exceptions such as restaurants and pubs in hotels. If you travel to Dubai during Ramadan, keep in mind that during the day and until sunset, eating and drinking is forbidden by law. Only some hotel restaurants are open during the day. In the shopping centers during Ramadan food is sold but only to carry.

Restaurants in Satwa


This area of Dubai is a favorite if you want to eat well and cheap. The Al Satwa neighborhood is between the skyscrapers of Sheikh Zayed Street and the residential area of ​​low houses on the coast. Most of the restaurants are located on the street of Al Dhiyafah Road.

Restaurants in Dubai Marina


This area of ​​the city is one of the most visited and most impressive due to the concentration of skyscrapers around the artificial canal. The area is all pedestrian and is full of restaurants. In recent years it has become one of the favorite areas to go for a walk or to eat. There are restaurants for all tastes and pockets although most are rather expensive.

You also have the typical American chains like KFC, Starbucks, The Cheesecake Factory, McDonald's, iHOP Pancakes, Shake Shack.

Restaurants in Dubai Financial Center Area


In this area, most of the buildings are office and hotel skyscrapers. Along the street-main highway where the subway also runs there are some restaurants. Another place of cheap restaurants in Dubai is the neighborhood of Al Karama, the problem is that it is not as central as others. This area specializes in Filipino restaurants. There is a large community of Filipinos in Dubai. In the vicinity of the Al Attar shopping center is where most places are.

Although the cuisine of Dubai is quite international, it is also true that many of the restaurants serve various Arab dishes from the Middle East. The Lebanese, Iranian and Syrian cuisines are present in the city. The cuisine of Dubai is quite rich in terms of variety and gets influences from both the Arab and the Jewish, being able to enjoy some dishes characteristic of these to which in some occasions it modifies offering its personal touch, among the most characteristic dishes, we can highlight some typical Dubai dishes, like these:

What to eat in Dubai?


As we mentioned at the beginning, the cuisine is varied, which means you can find everything from hamburgers, to sushi, and of course, local dishes. It is worth mentioning that although it is a country of Muslim religion, it is possible to find restaurants where dishes are made with pork, as well as establishments that serve alcoholic beverages, especially in luxury hotels. Only if it is necessary to take into account that it can not be taken in public places or when a religious festival is celebrated.

Baba Ganoush


This typical dish is basically a vegetable cream that includes eggplant, lemon and mayonnaise. It can be spread on traditional bread, such as pita or even as a garnish for dishes with meat.

Kabsa


The kabsa is a dish that is made up of rice with spices and to which is added some type of meat, which can be lamb or chicken. Among the spices that give it a unique flavor are laurel, cardamom, nutmeg, and saffron, among others that make it up.

Tabbouleh


It is a type of salad that brings lettuce, tomatoes, parsley, aromatic herbs, and is seasoned to taste with olive oil.

Shawarma


It is a pita (Arabic bread) with meat (chicken, lamb or veal) that is usually accompanied by sauce and vegetables.

Hummus


Hummus is one of the most traditional dishes not only of Dubai, but of all Arab countries. It is a kind of cream made with chickpeas, lemon and olive oil.

Chickpeas (also called Nikhee or Dungaw)


They can be served at any meal. Cooked with spices and chilli, they are an essential part of the Bedouin diet.

Machboos


This dish, which looks like Indian biryani, is made with spicy rice (cardamom, cloves, cinnamon). There are also Loui (click), raisins, lentils and meat (chicken) or fish.

Saloona


This Emirati stew is made of vegetables, sometimes with meat (beef or lamb), chicken or fish and served with basmati rice. It makes you think of a tajine, it's delicious.

Mhamar


This dish is composed of small local fish often prepared whole. They are spicy and accompanied by caramelized onions and rice.

What are the typical Arab desserts of Dubai?


Within the cuisine of the United Arab Emirates, there is also room for some traditional and traditional desserts, let's see some of them and what they consist of.

Umm Ali: Puff pastry and almond cake that is usually served hot.

Esh Asaraya: Cheese cake with cream.

Le-Ge-Matt: Fritters prepared with milk, salt and fried yogurt, covered with honey

Fruit Salad: Salad composed of the typical fruits of Dubai, perhaps the most popular dessert in Dubai due to the amount of exotic fruits they have.

Gahuwa Arabia: This hospitality drink is a blend of lightly roasted coffee, cardamom and saffron. It is served hot in small cups, just at the right temperature to be tasted immediately.

Dates: There are more than 40 varieties in the UAE alone. They are part of everyday life. They are served either as such or stuffed and there are derivatives such as the date syrup.

Balaleet: This sweet dish is made of vermicelli or Chinese noodles mixed with eggs, raisins and spices (cardamom and saffron). It's so good !

Chabab: This Emirati pancake is made with flour, eggs, sugar, cardamom and saffron (which also gives it its color). It is served with a syrup of dates.

Khamir: Meaning yeast in Arabic, Khameer is a bread served at breakfast with fresh cheese. It is composed of yeast, flour, water and milk powder and is sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Ligamat: These donuts fried in ghee and served with a syrup of dates are served for breakfast as well as for a treat to snack at night. If the donut is rather fat (ahah), the date syrup him, is just a little wonder.

If your thing is not to try dishes that you do not know, there is not much to worry about since you will find several food options. It's a gastronomy, and in general should not stop you so you can fully enjoy your stay in Dubai.
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19 comments:

  1. Wow, I've never heard of stuffed camel before but I am extremely intrigued!

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  2. I would be interested in trying the stuffed camel...it sounded delicious, the way you described it. I'm not usually that adventureous with food, but I'd try all the other stuff too. I'm not a big hummus fan though...my loss!!

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  3. I didn't know that Stuffed Camel is one of the popular dishes in Dubai!!! It sounds so yummy! I hope I can visit Dubai soon and try those delicious meals!

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  4. I always make sure that trying the local cuisine is part of my travels. Thanks for the tips on what to try in Dubai. Stuffed camel is new to me!

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  5. I love a good shawarma! These foods sound so interesting but I’m not sure how I feel about eating camel 🤷‍♀️

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  6. Thanks for sharing these great tips, I`m not very familiar with oriental foods apart from chai(Tea) and maybe chicken Biriyani so I really appreciate knowing what to order should I visit Dubai.

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  7. That wrap looks amazing. I'd love to travel to Dubai.

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  8. I love hummus so much! <3 I'm sure it's better in Dubai than from Tesco :)

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  9. Out of your list I have only tried the Shawarma and the hummus. I can't imagine how it would be to cook an entire camel! I mean... how big are those pots? :)

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  10. Dubai has so much to offer with food! Shawarma and hummus are my favorites without a doubt

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  11. I have never tried any of these things. I will have to look into them

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  12. I am not a big meat eater so I don't think I would try the camel but I do love hummus!

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  13. These foods sounds yummy and unique! I want to travel there just to try all this food!

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  14. Looks like a great food guide. I love shawarma and the as hoping to try out the hummus thing.

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  15. I have never had any of the foods mentioned in your list but I sure would love to give them a try. The wrap looks delicious.

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  16. Wonderful..Glad you shared this restaurant guide. I am a travel bug and looking forward to experiencing Dubai later this year this list will help me out.

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  17. You leave nothing out in your post! Very detailed and the photos are well taken. I would love to go there and take in the views and the foods!

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  18. So many things to love about Dubai! It's really beautiful out there. Truly a bucket list material.

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  19. Thank you for sharing these amazing restaurants list, thank you for sharing it with us.
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