Luqaimat is a popular Arabic dish comprising hot dumplings that tastes similar to doughnuts. They are freshly served with a sticky date sauce or maple syrup and topped with sesame seeds.
Luqaimat in Arabic means “small bites” but ironically you can never just get enough of them. They are best enjoyed as breakfast with a warm cup of coffee on a cold morning in Dubai.
Timing - 11 AM to 9 PM
Price (In AED) - AED 60
Best Place to try - Local Bites Cafe
Location - Jumeirah
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Knafeh originated from Palestine and ended up being the most preferred pastry dish among locals in UAE. It is considered as one of the best foods in Dubai made from sour cheese, sugar syrup and dough. It is best served when freshly taken out of the oven topped with maple syrup.
This meal is consumed by thousands of Muslims especially for iftar to consume at sundown. There are plenty of places where you can try this special cuisine in Dubai such as Papa Kanafa, Project Kunafa, The Village Grill and many more
Timing - 9:30 AM to 12 AM
Price (In AED) - AED 45-55
Best Place to try - Qwaider Al Nabulsi
Location - Deira
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Camel meat is one of the most popular types of meat in the Emirates. Modern day chefs are increasingly trying their hand at different dishes made of camel meat such as camel burgers, camel biryanis and stews. Since camels are found in abundance in the Middle East, camel meat is an inexpensive deal and can be easily found.
Tourists from all across the globe visit Dubai just to try their hand at camel meat as it is considered to be the best food in Dubai.
Timing - 9:30 AM to 10 PM
Price (In AED) - AED 70/KG
Best Place to try - Local House Restaurant
Location - Near Meena bazaar
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The ideal way to experience the best Dubai authenticity is by trying Turkish cocktails. The cocktails were introduced by Ruya’s, a prominent lounge and bar in Dubai, to the commercial market. They offer a plethora of Turkish cocktails such as Anatolian Fizz, Sparkling wine mixed with traditional flavors.
The top ingredients used by their bartender include honey, spices, hibiscus, citrus and mint. They also offer sizzling appetizers along with the cocktails to give a fine dining experience to the visitors.
Timing - 6 AM to 1 AM
Price (In AED) - AED 700 for two people
Best Place to try - Ruya
Location - Jumeirah
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If you are running on a budget and wish to calm your cravings then Dubai got you covered too. Sambosa House is a small eatery with a capacity of serving large numbers of people from the beginning of the day. You can see the clearly visible masses in the vicinity of this stall.
People often visit the stall for breakfast and try Samboosa with a hot cup of tea. Samboosa is usually filled with spices, vegetables, and meat but the most famous variation among the locals comes with 3 types of cheese.
Timing - 6 AM to 12 AM
Price (In AED) - AED 10
Best Place to try - Sambosa House
Location - Meena Bazaar
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Chebab is an Emirati-style pancake served with sweet date syrup and sour cheese. It is one of the most preferred breakfast in Dubai as it can be easily cooked and goes best with Arabic coffee.
You can find a huge variety of pancakes mixed with different flavours such as strawberry, chocolate and many more all across the city. The best Chebab can be found at Logma and at great prices
Timing -10:00 AM to 12 AM
Price (In AED) - AED 230 for two people
Best Place to try - Logma
Location - The Dubai Mall
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Machboos is a standard Arabic rice dish mixed with traditional spices such as cinnamon and cardamom and then topped with dried lemon or sauce. It is typically served with lamb, chicken or shrimp and can easily be found throughout the city. It is basically a cross between risotto and biryani where the rice is cooked in the deep necked utensil.
Since rice is a key food ingredient in Gulf countries you can easily find it in almost every dish.
Timing -11:30 AM to 1 AM
Price (In AED) - AED 32
Best Place to try - The Majlis
Location - The Dubai Mall
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Are you tired of store-bought bread and rather try it fresh at a bakery? Dubai has a solution for it too! You can try the delicious Khubz, the classic Arabic bread with fresh hummus and aubergine dip. If you wish to see how your bread is being baked then you can visit the Arabic Tea house which has a glass window to their baking area.
People often visit this eatery as it is one of the very few restaurants in the world who give a theatrical cooking experience to their customers.
Timing -7:30 AM to 11 PM
Price (In AED) - AED 225 for two people
Best Place to try - Arabic Tea House
Location - Bur Dubai
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Margoogot is a meaty, tomato-based stew cooked with cumin, turmeric and garam masala spices and is one of the best foods in Dubai. You can discover an array of variations throughout the city made with chicken or potato. The most famous variation of this elegant dish is served with chicken and is frequently tried by locals and tourists in the city.
The best chicken margoogot meal can be found at Aseelah restaurant in Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai.
Timing -12:30 PM to 11 PM
Price (In AED) - AED 250
Best Place to try - Aseelah Restaurant
Location - Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
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Arabic coffee and date
You can never visit Dubai and not try the famous Arabic coffee and dates. It is mandated by the federal government to provide complimentary Arabic coffee to tourists and hotel foyers all across the UAE.
If you wish to try the best of this fine combo, then you must head to Cafe Bateel and try their signature Arabic coffee called “qahwa” served with roasted beans, regional dates and cardamom
Timing - 8 AM to 12 AM
Price (In AED) - AED 50-60
Best Place to try - Cafe Bateel
Location - Downtown Dubai
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