Dubai has the best of options when it comes to food. The city presents a wide variety of eating places, which serve the best of cuisines from all parts of the world. From Thai to the Mediterranean, and from the Korean to the French, Dubai has them all when it comes to satisfying those taste buds of yours. A relaxing dinner cruise on an Australian made luxurious catamaran is highly recommended.
Dubai’s cosmopolitan flavour is matched by the city’s many restaurants and entertainment spots, which provide a truly international array of choices for the visitor.
Hotels offer a remarkably diverse range of food and beverage outlets, partly because they serve not only their own guests but also attract large numbers of local residents.
Their restaurants cover everything from coffee shops to fine dining and speciality outlets. The nightlife scene is equally varied, with many bars, pubs, discos and nightclubs open until the small hours. And — an important point — the standard of service in Dubai’s hotels is on a par with the best in the world.
Outside the hotels, small eating places are to be found in all parts of the city including Deira, Dubai, Satwa and Jumeirah.
While restaurants located outside hotel and club premises are not permitted to supply alcohol, all are airconditioned, clean and are often culinary adventures in their own right.
Middle East Cuisine
An excellent place to eat in Dubai all types of gulf and Middle Eastern cuisine, including Iranian, Moroccan & Lebanese. Arabian food makes up an important part of most buffet spreads. Specialities include:
Hoummus, a paste made from chickpeas and sesame seeds.
Tabbouleh, chopped parsley, mint and crushed wheat.
Ghuzi, a whole roast lamb on a bed of rice mixed with nuts.
Wara enab, vine leaves stuffed with rice.
Koussa mahshi, stuffed courgettes.
Local dishes include:
Matchbous, spiced lamb with rice.
Hareis, a rich delicacy of slow-cooked wheat and tender lamb.
Seafood served with specially seasoned rice.
Naturally, dates are a feature of any Arabian meal.
Delicious regional desserts include:
Umm Ali (literally “Mother of Ali”), a type of bread pudding.
Esh asaraya (meaning bread of the harem), a sweet kind of cheesecake with a cream topping.
Mehalabiya which is a pudding sprinkled with rosewater and pistachios.
Visitors especially enjoy fresh fish from the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean — lobster, slipper lobster, crab, hamour, shrimp, tuna, king fish, pomfret, red snapper.
A traditional Middle Eastern snack is the shawarma — grilled shavings of lamb or chicken, mixed with salad and rolled inside a pocket of Arabic bread — sold in many small outlets around the city.
There are also numerous juice bars where visitors can buy a fresh juice cocktail or a mango milkshake.
Standards of international cuisine in Dubai are high and the choice is wide. Top class European restaurants in the city’s hotels range from French to Italian, Spanish to Greek and British to German.
Asia is equally well represented with many fine Chinese, Japanese, Thai,Filipino and Korean restaurants, as well as numerous outlets featuring cuisine from the Asian subcontinent.
There are also several American and Mexican restaurants in the city, while international fast food chains are represented by such names as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn, Burger King, Shakey’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Wimpy and Hardees.