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Meat, fish, and rice are the backbone Emirati cuisine, particularly lamb & chicken. They’re also very generous with the herbs & spices, which should be very pleasing to those looking for deep flavor. 

Even if you’re not a foodie, you’re probably going to have a fave dish by the end of your vacation.

Looking for the best local food in Dubai? Here are eight options.


Craving pizza for breakfast? This flatbread is topped with minced lamb, cheese, zaatar herbs & olive oil. It’s the ultimate street food in Dubai that doubles as a delectable morning meal.

Al Harees

The savory porridge starts by boiling wheat in lightly salted water for a few hours before adding chicken or lamb and cooking for at least four more hours—minimum.


During the month of Ramadan, the most popular dessert is a bowl of small deep-fried dumplings called luqaimat. The sweet treat is made from flour, butter, milk, sugar, saffron, and cardamom. 

Al Machboos/Kabsa

It’s made with basmati rice and meat cooked in a mélange of spices. Chicken and lamb are both popular options for protein, and it’s best enjoyed with salad and yogurt raita.


Rice doesn’t always appear as a fluffy bowl of fragrant jasmine or basmati. In the case of Madrouba, it is chicken, rice, and various seasonings reduced to a porridge consistency.


Ghuzi is a celebratory Emirati meal during Ramadan. After a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, the rice and meat dish can typically be found at the table as Muslims prepare to break the fast.


Balaleet consists of vermicelli pasta sweetened with sugar, cardamom, rose water and saffron. It’s served with an egg omelette and occasionally sautéed onions or potatoes.


Tharid is a hearty meat and vegetable stew ladled over flatbread. It’s sometimes referred to as the Prophet Muhammad’s favorite dish and is usually consumed during the holy month of Ramadan.

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