A land’s authenticity is often savoured in its food. Similarly, a vacation in Qatar signs you up for a culinary journey like no other land. Here are some of our handpicked favourites that one must not miss during their visit to the country.

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Likely to be available in most Doha restaurants, Machboos is a rice dish which has also been identified as the national dish of Qatar. Therefore, be sure to order a dish of Machboos during your stay at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. This flavoursome preparation is a combination of aromatic spices and can be served with a preferred meat dish.


Margoog is a healthy and wholesome dish popular among the local community in Qatar. The dish is known to be rich in fibre content and essential vitamins that pave the way to a prolonged life. The usual preparation is made with a mix of potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, eggplant, zucchini and tenderised meat. The highlight of Margoog is the bread dough that is kneaded, cut into pieces and added to the stock to absorb all its flavours while boiling.


Luqaimat, Qatar’s edition of Loukoumades is best served sweet. The name Luqaimat is derived from Arabic, which translates into bite-sized. Luqaimat is considered to be a beloved dessert in Qatar, soft on the inside and crunchy on its outer layer, this sweet treat is dipped in honey or syrup before reaching one’s dining table.


If you enjoy thick meat chunks with a hint of tomato and vegetables, Thareed is your go-to dish in Qatar. This popular Middle Eastern delicacy is prepared by stewing meat with vegetables. Usually served on pita bread or flatbread, this succulent preparation is a meat lover’s fantasy come true; quite like a Middle Eastern take on lasagne.