The 5 best foods to try whilst in Dubai

Dubai is one of 7 emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E), known for its luxury hotels and designer fashion brands. However, Dubai is also a hub for great tasting food, utilizing the best spices and seasoning that the middle east has on offer.

Josh and Seb lived in Dubai for 3 years whilst growing up, as well as visiting this iconic Emirate on 13 separate occasions. We have compromised our list of the top 5 best foods to try whilst in Dubai.

So, let’s begin!

Machboos – A taste of the Spice Souk (Also known as Kabsa)

This is a staple of Emirati cuisine, and one of the Roamadic Team’s favourite dishes from Dubai. This dish is made up from rice, onions, garlic, dried lemon, tomatoes in addition to a range of spices such as turmeric, cumin, cardamon pods and saffron. It is usually made with either chicken or lamb but there is also fish varieties and vegetarian varieties too. This dish is a must try! Let us know what you thought in the comments below.

Roamadic rating: 4.8 out of 5

Shawarma – Did you even visit Dubai if you didn’t try this?

One of the most popular dishes in the UAE or even the Middle East! This dish consists of meat, traditionally lamb combined with spices cooked on a slow turning spit. Once ready it is usually put into a wrap or pita bread with salad and garlic sauce. A great dish to eat as a quick snack or as a main course, this won’t disappoint the tastebuds.

Roamadic rating: 4.6 out of 5

Harees – One of the oldest dishes in the UAE

This dish can be traced back to the 10th century, now that’s a long time! But it goes to show that it’s just as loved as all those years ago. Harees is made from ground wheat which is soaked in water for 12 hours, then boiled, mixed with meat and spices and a number of spices added. It has a gloopy consistency kind of like porridge, great for lunch or as a light dinner.

Roamadic rating: 4.3 out of 5

Luqaimat – One of our favourite Emirati desserts

Luqaimat is a flour and milk dumpling which is deep fried making them crispy on the outside but soft in the inside. These dumplings are then smothered in either date syrup or normal sugar syrup, once you have tried these you will keep on eating them, we guarantee. We remember eating these for the first time we were in the middle of the desert after visiting a camel farm, every time we eat these it brings back memories of that day.

Roamadic rating: 4.9 out of 5

Umm Ali – The Arabian version of bread and butter pudding

This Arabic desert is one you definitely need to try whether you like bread and butter pudding or not. Umm Ali is made using puff pastry that has been soaked in milk, cream, sugar, pistachio nuts and raisins. Once this has been absorbed it is then baked in the oven until golden brown, it is typically served with grated pistachio and raisins on top. This dessert is perfect for anyone craving something sweet.

Roamadic rating: 4.2 out of 5


We hope you enjoyed reading our “Top 5 food’s to try whilst in Dubai” Let us know if you have tried any of these in the comments below.

If you are planning a trip to Dubai take a look at out destination page for our top tips and insight into this great Emirate.

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