Food is an important part of the Emirati culture. So much so that Dubai even hosts a Dubai Food Festival-DFF every year, which is truly a heaven for foodies. But if by any chance you cannot attend the DFF, don’t get disheartened! You can easily indulge in delectable street food in Dubai throughout the year and satisfy your inner foodie.
Simply apply for your Dubai visa whenever it’s convenient for you and take off to dig into some of the mouthwatering specialties available in Dubai such as –
Although it has created a wave in the Indian street food scene, nothing beats having an authentic Shawarma in Dubai. A world famous Levantine dish which is made with meat needs no introduction. Traditionally made with lamb or mutton, Shawarma is also made with chicken and now even the vegetarian varieties have come up across the world. A traditional wrap with meat, hummus, onions, pickles etc. it is the most well-known street food in Dubai. You can try this sizzling Middle-East delicacy at many places such as Al Mallah, Al Ijaza Cafeteria, Al Safadi and various other famous restaurants and cafes all over Dubai.
Think of Middle-Eastern street food and Falafel is bound to cross your mind. This crispy golden-brown fritter is an iconic vegetarian street food in Dubai. Made out of chickpeas, fava beans, herbs and spices which are deep-fried and then served along with your choice of topping and pickles, eating Falafel is purely bliss. Falafel, with its vegetarian constituents and Arabic flavors has already taken over the world of fritters, so do not miss out on trying the authentic ones during your Dubai holidays. You can check out Manoushe Street, Operation Falafel, Reem Al Bawadi, Kcal etc. for authentic and appetizing Falafel.
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Who doesn’t love Samosa? And you will definitely love Samboosa if you love Samosa! Samboosa which also happens to be the most famous street food in Dubai can be considered as the Emirati cousin of Indian Samosa. Samboosa- a triangular pastry, stuffed with meat, vegetables, cheese and spices is an addictive street food loved by one and all. You can enjoy tasty and flavorful Samboosa in various restaurants in Satwa district along with many other street food outlets.
An authentic Arab delicacy made with wheat and meat, Harees is quite a popular street food in Dubai. Also known as Harissa in some parts of the world, Harees has a consistency between porridge and gruel, and can be distantly compared with Haleem in India. Generally a delicacy during the festivity, Harees can be enjoyed all year round, but it’s consumed mainly during the holy month of Ramadan and during Arab weddings.
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Looks like a Gulab Jamun, feels like a Doughnut, but is not related to either of them! Also known as Lokma, Lugaimat or Awameh, Luqaimat is a traditional Emirati dessert which is a favorite among the locals and tourists alike. Luqaimat is a crispy sweet dough ball which is soft and chewy inside. These Arabic sweet dumplings are served along honey, sugar syrup or date syrup which adds a delicious aroma and taste to the already drool worthy dessert. If you have a sweet tooth you will definitely enjoy gobbling these down.
Here comes the national drink of Dubai, Karak! Derived from its Indian counterpart of Kadak Chai or Masala Chai, Karak is not just a beverage, but an emotion! Made from tea, spices and herbs, Karak is the most widely available street food in Dubai. You can buy it from almost every roadside shop for just over AED 1 and rejuvenate yourself after visiting the many sites in our Dubai tour packages.
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Madrooba is a Middle-Eastern food made from pounded rice cooked over a long period of time. It is the most nutritious street food in Dubai amongst all. The name comes from a large wooden spoon that is used to make this highly satisfying and nutritious dish. Originally a non-vegetarian delicacy, you can easily find vegetarian and even vegan variants of Madrooba in Dubai. Madrooba is popular around the holy month of Ramadan and various Middle-Eastern festivities. But, since it’s a long process to cook Madrooba, this lip smacking dish can only be found at selected eateries, and is worth going through all the troubles!
Knafeh or Kunafa is also called as the queen of desserts in Dubai! Knafeh is absolutely a must try street food in Dubai. A pastry dish made from sweet cheese and coated with vermicelli, syrup and sliced pistachios, Knafeh is going to make you forget everything for a while. This gooey dessert will take you to heaven and back if you love cheese and have a sweet tooth. One of the most delicious dishes in Dubai, Knafeh can be easily found in most of the cafes and food joints in the city.
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Manakish is another popular street food in Dubai that one must try at least once. It’s Middle-East’s very own Pizza! Manakish is relished by the locals and the tourists alike in Dubai. It is a dough topped with thyme, cheese or ground meat and is very similar to Pizza. Slice it, fold it and eat it just like a Pizza. You will definitely enjoy this authentic Lebanese snack in the streets of Dubai.
10. Oman Chips Roll
Oman Chips Roll is arguably the most famous street food in Dubai. The Oman Chips Roll is nothing but a roll with layers of cheese spread over it and filled with Oman Chips in it! This simple yet delicious street food is especially popular among the school going children and the local population of Dubai. This hyped street food is the go to snack choice for road trips and can be found almost everywhere in Dubai, from malls to local groceries and even on school canteen’s menu!
We are definitely drooling over these, what about you?
No matter when you visit Dubai or for what reason you travel to Dubai, head out and treat yourself to the street food available, as you simply cannot get this experience anywhere else in the world!
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