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Eat like a local – foods to try in Dubai

Undoubtedly, Dubai is a traveler’s paradise. With over 15 million visitors flocking this city of Arab annually, Dubai boasts an ultra-modern architecture, magnificent skyline, a lively entertainment scene, and of course– a haven for shoppers. Simply put, Dubai is synonymous with grandeur.

Above all, the “City of Gold” puts its best foot forward in the culinary niche as well.

Dubai brings together a variety of cultures. This means that the various restaurants in Dubai offer food lovers with countless options of cuisines from around the globe to try out. The dining in Dubai is also vibrant as its nightlife and with new eateries opening everyday – you can find delicacies that cater to both – your taste buds and your budget.

However, as they say, “when you are in Rome, do as the Romans do” and when visiting the UAE, you must also try the local Emirati cuisine.

Inspired by the Lebanese, Iranian, and Arabic food – the Dubai cuisine offers a rich and unique taste. It also includes delicate flavorings of Indian spices such as turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, and saffron. The traditional dishes contain rice, fish, and meat preferably from goat and sheep whilst camel meat is usually reserved for special occasions like Eid and weddings.

Here, let’s take a look at some of the must-try foods of the UAE:

  1. Al Harees

Al Harees is a popular Emirati dish and is usually savored during Eid, Ramadan, and weddings by the locals. Prepared by boiling wheat and meat along with a pinch of salt – Al Harees is equivalent to the American’s porridge.

  • Mandi:

Mandi, a traditional Yemeni dish is highly popular in the emirates as well. The Mandi is prepared by slowly cooking the spicy meat – most preferably chicken or lamb in a pit underground. The meat is then served on top of seasoned rice.

  • Al Machboos

Rice, meat, onion, and dried meat are the main ingredients of Al Machboos along with the traditional spices and seasonings. Before cooking the dish, all ingredients are soaked well until tender after which the meat and rice are cooked well simultaneously.

  • Hummus

Not actually a dish but a dip made from blending chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini paste, salt, and garlic. The appetizer is usually served alongside pita bread and shawarmas.

  • Luqaimat

The most popular desert of the UAE, luqaimat are small, deep-fried dumplings soaked in sweet, sticky sauce called the dibbs. A must-try if you have a sweet tooth.

Where to Go

For these and more – visit the Ibn Battuta Mall and find the best variety of restaurants in Dubai. The Ibn Battuta Mall is one of the largest themed shopping mall in the world and offers visitors the best shopping, entertainment and dining in Dubai.

Named after the 14th century explorer, the mall is divided into six designated courts i.e. China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia, and Andalusia. Each court is decorated to replicate the area of the world that makes an interesting sight for the visitors.

The mall offers both – a food court for a quick bite and high-end restaurants of global brands under one roof. Visit the mall and experience the magnificence of Dubai.

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