A Foodie’s Guide to the Must Try Traditional Food of Dubai

The City of Dubai is more popularly known as the city of lights and tastes.

Dubai is home to thousands of restaurants, be it Italian, Japanese, Mexican, South Indian or Lebanese. Most restaurants in Dubai serve mouth watering cuisines. Dubai is also the best place to try out the local traditional Emirati dishes. Emirati dishes mostly use meat from animals like goats and camels. Fish is also a staple food here. Even with the availability of many cuisines you still need to experience the best of traditional Emirati food, a simple yet filling cuisine reflecting regional influences.

Camel filled speciality

Stuffed camel is considered as one of the most celebratory foods and is mostly served during occasions, festivals and family events. Stuffed camel is filled with chicken, eggs, fish, sheep and spices. Arab cafes across the city have come up with several camel variants like camel sliders, camel biryani, burgers etc.

Al Harees

Popularly known as the one-pot culinary wonder. Wheat, salt and meat mixed in a pot and boiled or baked for several hours leading to a porridge like dish. The meat could be lamb chunks, chicken, mutton or veal. Served with cinnamon, salt and pepper adds the spice to the dish.


The ultimate on-the-go meal. Thinly sliced and slow grilled cuts of meat on warm flatbread or pita bread. Meat used varies like chicken, beef, goat or lamb. Hummus, tahini, pickles, vegetables and French fries are used as fillings. It is simply tradition wrapped as a delicious treat.


Falafel are simply deep fried patty of chickpeas or soaked fava beans, hot and crunchy on the outside and fluffy and veggie within. Mostly served in a pita wrap or flatbread, falafels are a popular healthy lunchbox snack and dinner party delicacy. Low in calories, high in fibre, loaded with proteins, rich in healthy fats and sugar free, falafel offers a well-balanced meal for vegans and meat eaters alike.


The go-to dip for vegetables and pita. This popular Middle Eastern condiment is made from mashed chickpeas mixed with lemon juice, tahini, garlic and salt. Nutritious, filling and most importantly easy and inexpensive to make.

Enjoy your dining journey in Dubai!!!