Dubai’s glitz and glam extend far beyond its towering skyscrapers. This cosmopolitan city boasts a diverse food scene that caters to every palate. Ditch the fancy restaurants for a moment, and delve into the heart of Dubai’s culinary delights with these must-try dishes.


Comfort food takes centre stage with Harees, a creamy dish made from crushed wheat and minced meat or chicken. Slow-cooked to perfection, Harees is a traditional Emirati dish often served during special occasions and Ramadan. Its rich flavour and melt-in-your-mouth texture are sure to leave you wanting more.

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No Dubai food adventure is complete without Shawarma. This ubiquitous street food consists of marinated meat (chicken, beef, or lamb) stacked on a vertical rotisserie and shaved off onto warm pita bread. Topped with tahini sauce, onions, and pickles, Shawarma is a delicious and affordable way to savour the local flavours.


This popular dish is a favourite for breakfast or a light lunch. Madrouba translates to “beaten” in Arabic, reflecting the cooking process where rice, garlic, onions, tomatoes, yoghurt, and spices are mashed together for a smooth consistency. Often served with chicken or fish, Madrouba is a delightful combination of savoury and creamy flavours.


Craving something sweet? Look no further than Luqaimat. These bite-sized doughnuts are deep-fried to golden perfection and then drizzled with date syrup or honey. The fluffy texture and the burst of sweetness with every bite make Luqaimat a perfect way to end a delicious meal. Enjoy these heavenly bites at restaurants in Deira at properties like Avani Deira Dubai Hotel