Foodie’s Paradise: Dubai’s Culinary Scene and Must-Try Dishes

If you’re a foodie who loves to explore new cuisines and flavors, Dubai is the perfect destination for you.

Dubai is a melting pot of cultures and influences, offering a diverse and exciting culinary scene that will satisfy your taste buds and your curiosity.

Whether you’re looking for traditional Emirati dishes, exotic Asian delicacies, or modern fusion creations, Dubai has it all.

But where do you start? How do you find the best places to eat in Dubai? And what are the must-try dishes that you can’t miss?

In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips and recommendations on how to enjoy the foodie’s paradise that is Dubai.

The Best Foods to Try in UAE


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These golden, bite-sized dumplings are a sweet delight. Made from deep-fried dough and drizzled with date syrup, they’re crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. (Average Price Range: AED 5— AED 15)


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Aromatic and flavorful, Mandi is a traditional Yemeni dish featuring slow-cooked meat, usually lamb or chicken, served atop fragrant rice. The meat is marinated with a blend of spices and cooked to tender perfection. (Average Price Range: AED 40 — AED 70)

Falafel Shawarma

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Combining the best of both worlds, Shawafel is a fusion of shawarma and falafel. You’ll get the delicious flavors of falafel wrapped in warm pita bread, along with the savory goodness of shawarma. (Average Price Range: AED 5— AED 20)

Regag Bread

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Often called “paper thin bread,” Regag is a traditional Emirati flatbread. It’s incredibly thin, crispy, and slightly sweet. You can enjoy it plain or with a drizzle of honey for an authentic taste. (Average Price Range: AED 5 — AED 10)


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Harees is a hearty dish made from ground wheat and meat, often chicken or lamb. It’s slow-cooked to a smooth, porridge-like consistency and flavored with a blend of spices. (Average Price Range: AED 20 — AED 35)

Chapli Kebab

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A hidden gem from Pakistani cuisine, Chapli Kebabs are flavorful patties made from minced meat, spices, and herbs. They’re pan-fried to perfection and typically served with naan bread. (Average Price Range: AED 15 — AED 35)


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These delightful pastries are a popular Emirati breakfast treat. They come in various flavors, including cheese, za’atar, and date-filled. Muajanat are flaky and delicious, perfect with a cup of Karak tea. (Average Price Range: AED 5 — AED 15)

These are just some of the lesser-known and hidden gems that you can find in Dubai.

Of course, there are many more places and dishes that you can explore and enjoy in this vibrant city.

Dubai is a diverse and dynamic city that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for traditional, exotic, or modern food, you’ll find it in Dubai!

Written By: Ashar Iqbal Published On: 11 September 2023

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