Authentic street food of Dubai

Dubai, a city famous for its architectural excellence and the lavish lifestyle that it has to offer. Along with that, it’s cuisine is a story of its own. Drawing inspiration from different cuisines across the world, Arab cuisine is one of the most sought after in the world. Like any other city in the world, street food culture is huge in Dubai. It’s safe to say that the street food culture of the city marvels at everyone that experiences it. Here are a few must-try items in Dubai. 



A non-vegetarian delicacy that has sliced meat which is totally up to you and your preference, and is served by rolling in a soft flatbread. It is also seasoned with onions, capsicums, fresh vegetables and sauces, giving it a peculiar taste and an otherworldly feeling, which will leave you craving for more. Be sure to try one, if not more!


Shish Tawouk Sandwich

One of the few undiscovered gems and one of the most underrated dishes, it is extremely popular among the locals and can be found easily in most of the food joints in Dubai. It is very much similar to a shawarma, the only difference being that it is spicier and contains more vegetables.



It is an Arab dish made out of wheat and mixed with meat. It is a very popular dish not just in Dubai, but all across the Middle East. Therefore, you can come across a lot of variants of the dish. It is most commonly served during the holy month of Ramadan, Eid and also Arab weddings. So, if you ever get a chance to try the dish, don’t miss out and consider yourself lucky.



Widely regarded as the national drink of Dubai, it can be bought at a very cheap rate at any roadside shops. It’s usually served in very fewer quantities and in paper cups. The drink tastes best when you enjoy it with a cake or a doughnut.



With the Shawarma being every non-vegetarian’s favorite, it was only right that there was something for all the vegetarians. Falafel is a dish for all vegetarians to even it out. It is a deep-fried chickpea patty, wrapped in a roll with vegetables and various toppings and sauces, making it an exquisite dish for everyone to try. 



Popularly known as the ‘Queen of desserts’, Knafeh is one of the most popular desserts in the Middle East, if not the most popular one. Knafeh is unique and stands out from the rest as it is a cake made only out of sweet cheese. Often topped with rose syrup, the two make for an amazing pair and will surely feel like heaven on your taste buds.



Another traditional dessert famous among the local residents and also the tourists, this Emirati dessert is a crispy fried ball of dough which is chewy and have a soft texture to it. A typical plate would consist of multiple balls and is served with date or honey syrup to enhance the taste and give it a sweet flavor. 

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Last Updated : Jul 28,2020
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