With influences from Indian, Persian, North African and Mediterranean cuisines, Omani food is a beautiful fusion of flavours and spices. Here are a few dishes you must absolutely try.

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You’ll find this dish on special occasions, such as Eid. During Eid, the cooking for this dish begins on the first day and the dish is consumed on the second day. The process to make this dish is a long one but is well worth the taste. The meat is served with rice and tomato sauce.

Also known as majboos, this dish is simply rice mixed with saffron cooked with either spicy red or white meat. Majboos translates to ‘be engaged’ in Oman and is always served at special occasions such as weddings and engagements. Saffron and Cardamom are the two main ingredients that make the dish special. Many a Muscat hotel, the likes of Al Falaj Hotel Muscat will have amazing in-house restaurants and dining options that are sure to serve an excellent kabsa.

A soft flatbread that’s stuffed with honey, meat, spinach or cheese – this delicacy is well known in Oman. The bread is kneaded into thin cakes, the ingredients are stuffed and it’s baked for 5 minutes.

No matter which Middle Eastern country you visit, shawarmas are a must to try! You’ll find this in almost every street. The sandwich consists of marinated meat wrapped in pita bread consumed with fries.