Below are few of the most popular Street Food in Dubai:
Let me just put it out here, no matter how well your local middle-eastern food outlet would make your shawarma; it just cannot be comparable with the authentic shawarmas found in the streets of Dubai. It is a non-vegetarian delicacy which has sliced chicken, lamb or beef (depending on what you ask for) and is served by rolling in a soft flatbread. It is filled with fresh vegetables, onions and various sauces that make the shawarmas something out of this mortal world.
Approx Price: AED 6 - AED 10
2. Shish Tawouk Sandwich
One of the undiscovered gems of Dubai that not a lot of tourists have discovered. It is extremely popular with the locals and can be easily found in any middle-eastern food joint. It is again a non-vegetarian dish with thinly sliced chicken pieces stuffed in the flatbreads. Filled with many spices, herbs, vegetables and pickles, the sandwich is a perfect combination of spicy and savoury.
Approx Price: AED 10 - AED 115
3. Oman Chips Roll
Oman Chips is an extremely popular and local chip found in the Emirates that form a concrete part in every child's childhood. Apart from the local groceries, supermarkets, hypermarkets, every schools' canteens used to sell these chips because it was highly requested by children and even the teachers! So, the hype around oman chips remains as it was. The Oman Chips Roll is a plain roll with layers of cheese spread and inside are the smashed Oman Chips. These perfect rolls are ideal for a long road trip an is popular street food in Dubai amongst the locals.
Approx Price: AED 3 - AED 5
4. HareesHarees is an Arab dish which is made from wheat and mixed with meat. Since it is a favourite dish, many variants are found in different parts of the Arab peninsula. Many like making it by boiling wheat whereas others make it with coarsely-ground wheat. Various countries like adding different toppings and spices in it. It is mostly served during Ramadan, Eid ul-Fitr, and Arab weddings.
Approx Price: AED 20
5. SamboosaIndia's famous snack Samosa is given an Arab twist with the famous Samboosa that is ideal for a quick snack. It is thin pastry sheets filled with different types of meats, vegetables and filled with exotic spices. It is popular street food in Dubai and India as well!
Approx Price: AED 15
A personal favourite. This is a very popular Lebanese snack. It is a flatbread filled with cheese and is cooked in a huge oven. Loads of cheese. You can add any vegetable, meats or oils and spices on the top. Did I mention cheese?
Approx Price: AED 15 - AED 30
7. LuqaimatA traditional Emirati dessert that is a favourite among the residents and the tourists. They are crispy fried balls of dough which are very soft and chewy on the inside. A plate would consist of several of these small balls served with date syrup or honey to serve the otherwise plain balls with a flavour of sweetness.
Approx Price: AED 10 - AED 30
8. KarakKarak is the national drink of Dubai and can be bought for over just AED 1 at any roadside shop. It is usually served in paper cups and has a very little quantity. It is best enjoyed with a doughnut or any sweet cake on the side.
Approx Price: AED 7
9. FareedFareed is a typical meat and potato stew, with a twist. The Arab Bread that the dish is served over brings its charm to the dish apart from it having a range of exotic spices.
Approx Price: AED 20 - AED 30
10. FalafelIf Shawarma is every non-vegetarian's favourite street food in Dubai, then Falefal is a convenient alternative for every vegetarian. Falafel is a deep-fried chickpeas patty. And when this falafel is wrapped in a roll with fresh vegetables and various dressings, magic happens, which is why it is one of the most popular dishes served.
Approx Price: AED 6 - AED 30
11. MadroobaThis dish's name is inspired by a large wooden spoon that is used in the making of this dish. The wooden spoon is used to beat the batter to get a very thick consistency. Madhrooba is popular during Ramadan and various festivities. The recipe takes a lot of time to prepare which is why it may not be found in a lot of restaurants. However, it is a top choice to make at home as it is healthy, filling and nutritious.
12. KnafehAfter all the flavours, the spices and the main dishes, it is time for some desserts. And what better dessert to have than the popularly known as 'Queen of the Desserts'-Knafeh. Served almost at every middle-eastern café or a food-joint, Knafeh is a pastry dish made with only sweet cheese. Toppings include rose-syrup which is served over the dish, and together, it is the gooiest and the most delicious dish you could imagine.
Approx Price: AED 20 - AED 25
Places to Visit in Dubai to Enjoy Street-foodHere are some of the best places to enjoy street food in Dubai.
1. Bur DubaiBur Dubai-one of the oldest neighbourhood in Dubai- it is one of the liveliest and busiest parts of the city. Home to mostly Indian expatriates which is why you'd find many Indian streetfood items here along with Arab street food. Streets such as Meena Bazaar street is crammed with many shops selling everything from A-Z as well as a range of cheap and quality food outlets. One of the reasons, Meena Bazaar and Bur Dubai in general ranks at the top of the list for street-food experience is because you get every cuisine and all kinds of specialities if you search hard enough.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Cost for Two: AED 150+
2. Downtown DubaiThe perfect street food when you visit the Burj Khaleefa is the Costilla taco at Maiz Tacos Food Truck right opposite to it. And after a spicy Tacos, some delicious Egg and cheese feteer at Zaroob could tickle the taste buds.
Timings: Midday - Midnight
Cost for Two: AED 150+
3. SatwaSatwa is one of the top spots to visit if you plan to go on a hunt for street food in Dubai. Few of the oldest and most iconic eateries opened here and turned into a successful venture opening branches in every locality. For example, Pars Iranian Kitchen which specialises in Persian cuisine, Ravi's which has Pakistani cuisine, Delhi Darbar -as the name suggests- provides Indian cuisine and Al Mallah which specialises in Lebanese and Arabic cuisine. Most of the places open at around 10 AM and stay open until midnight. It can cost up to AED 150 for two individuals.
Timings: 10:00 AM - Midnight
Cost for Two: AED 150+
4. Global VillageThis may seem like a very absurd option, but Global Village assures you get the favourite street food with the authenticity of the actual street-food. Global Village is one of the leading attractions in Dubai. It is a yearly event that runs from late winter months to early summer months. Pavillions of different countries are organised where the specialities of these countries are sold. Apart from food courts, there are various stalls set up across the area. You'd find items like samboosa, shawarma etc. all sold here. There are few stalls where Arab ladies themselves traditionally cook Luqaimat. Visitors naturally surround these stalls just to observe the process, and if you're polite enough, you get a few for free to taste.
Timings: 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM (5 months a year)
Cost for Two: AED 150+
In a place like Dubai, where culinary from all around the world brings the flavour of the world together, enjoy the food the way it is supposed to be.