Originally from Yemen but now thoroughly integrated into the local culture and culinary scene of the UAE, mandi is a succulent rice dish that is brimming with spices, meat, and onions.
One of Dubai’s signature dishes, harees is a thick white porridge that is cooked for hours over a small flame, infused with juicy shredded lamb and cardamom. For extra deliciousness, sprinkle some cinnamon over the top before eating.
While traditionally a Bedouin dish, you have to try camel at least once while you’re in Dubai! It is usually served in a stew, grilled, or in a curry. Either way you’ll be sampling something authentically local.
Khameer with date syrup and cheese
Emirati flatbread, fluffy and soft served with sweet date syrup and fresh cheese, might just be enough of a reason to fly to Dubai today! It’s also a perfect breakfast dish.
A spice-filled aromatic rice dish that can be cooked with vegetables, meat, or even seafood, biriyani is everyone’s favorite comfort food.
Machboos rice with chicken
Another classic dish to try while in Dubai, machboos rice with chicken is usually served on a platter large enough to feed the entire neighborhood. Flavorful rice, juicy chicken, and with spices infused in every bite, people go crazy for this dish!
A classic Emirati fish dish, this will satisfy anyone who wants to taste the seafood of Dubai. Served as a fish stew, the flavors are deep and spicy, while also having a clean, fresh taste. You’ll be coming back for more.
Lamb or goat thareed
This dish has enough ingredients and flavors to satisfy everyone at the table. While it looks like a stew, it is actually filled with crispy bread, meat, vegetables, and a chicken and tomato broth. It may look like a heavy dish, but it is actually quite light and easily disappears within minutes.
A sweet pudding dish served after dinner, muhalibiya is infused with rose water and cardamom. The beautiful aromas and smooth textures make this dish the perfect way to relax after dinner.
A traditional dessert dish served in Dubai, this cake consists of an almost cheesecake-like texture and is made with sweet bread, cream, and syrup. Cinnamon is used to perfection.
Another sweet dish served with dessert, this is a pudding made from local pumpkins, spiced with enough warm flavors to make it almost a meal in itself. You’ll become addicted to this in no time!