Dubai is a melting pot of adventures for food lovers. With an array of exotic flavours that will simply explode in your mouth, these authentic Dubai dishes will leave you craving for more. Here is a simple guide to some of the must-try dishes to be had in this vibrant city.

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Made from slightly roasted and spiced meat, Shawarma is one of the most well-known Middle Eastern dishes. Brought to the table in an Arabic roti and other assortments including vegetables, fries, tomatoes, pickles, and garlic sauce, this scrumptious delicacy has gained momentum across the globe today.


Served on kebab sticks with vegetables and hazelnut over rice, Ghuzi is a popular dish made from simmered sheep or lamb. The dish is considered a wholesome meal and is widely found in all parts of Dubai city, be it at cosy restaurants in Downtown Dubai or Dubai Marina.


Craving for a refreshing dessert after an eventful dining experience? Mehelabiya will be your go-to after-meal snack. This not-too-sweet pudding derives most of its flavours from rosewater and pistachios and is compared to an oasis in this desert land. Mehelbiya will be an ideal afternoon snack for you and your kids, whilst dining at uber-luxe hotels like Anantara Downtown Dubai Hotel.

Al Harees

Made from a pot of wheat and meat mixed with a pinch of salt, Al Harees is a Middle Eastern dish that requires a lot of effort and time. The secret behind the flavourful taste of the dish comes from a perfectly smooth texture not to mention several hours of baking. Despite being a simple dish, Al Harees is bound to tantalize your taste buds with its eclectic array of flavours.