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Top 10 foodie things to try in Dubai

In the last few months, there has been an increase in the number of new restaurants opening.

From delicious bread and pastries to Arabic coffee and camel burgers, we have uncovered some of the best local dishes and drinks to try during your visit to this Middle Eastern foodies paradise.

1. Luqaima

There is a similar taste and texture to doughnuts with these hot dumplings.

Cafes serve fresh batches daily with a sticky date sauce and sesame seeds, and are a good place to try them early in the morning.

2. Knafeh

The dish was originally from Palestine and is now a firm favourite with locals.

It is best served immediately after it has been made.

Qwaider Al Nabulsi in Deira is one of the top places to try it.

Orders for this dessert can reach in to the thousands per day, as people request it for iftar to break their fast.

3. Camel

Traditionally, camel meat was not eaten by Emiratis, but modern chefs in the city are increasingly trying their hand at cooking everything from camel patties to camel stew.

Compared to cow’s milk, camel milk has higher levels of vitamins C and iron and lower levels of cholesterol.

Do you not like a whole glass? It’s better to try camel milk ice cream.

There are a number of different flavours of chocolate and date in Arab cafés.

4. Turkish cocktails

The cocktail scene is getting more lively.

The Anatolian Fizz at Ruya is made with sparkling wine, pomegranate molasses, fruit and berry.

The cocktails at Ruya are based on classic Turkish flavours with ingredients such as honey, spices, and mint.

5. Samboosa

Techniques and flavours from across the Arabian Sea influenced the hot pastry appetisers.

The local version is filled with meat, vegetables, and spices, but is stuffed with three types of cheese.

6. Arabic coffee and dates

From government buildings to hotel foyers, there are complimentary Arabic coffees.

The Bateel signature qahwa is a traditional Arabic coffee made with lightly roasted beans and cardamom and served with organic local dates.

7. Margoogat

The stew is full of heat and cooked with the bear, a local spiced mixture.

Chicken or lamb can be used to make different variations in the city, some made with baby marrow and potato.

The chicken margoogat dish at Aseelah in the Radisson BLU Hotel is a must-try, along with the restaurant’s other traditional and experimental dishes.

8. Chebab

These delicious pancakes are usually served at breakfast time.

There’s a lot of sour cheese and date syrup.

A flavour that’s a little like a rich, boozy Swiss fondue can be created by combining the sweet and sour elements of the cooking process.

At Logma, Tasty ones are served.

9. Machboos

The traditional rice dish is made with cinnamon and cardamom.

It is usually made with shrimp, lamb, or chicken.

10. Khubz

If you want to try a shop-bought version of Arabic bread, try it at a bakery or restaurant where they are making it fresh.

It is perfect with fresh Hummus and Mutabal.

The glass window in the bread kitchen of the Arabian Tea House is used for theatrical displays.

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