Food of Dubai

Dubai, being a cosmopolitan city has residents from all over the world and boasts of serving world-class global cuisines. Among the local food, Shawarma (minced meat in Pita bread) is the most commonly available food along with Falafel and Hummus. They cost as little as AED 5 for a budget-friendly meal. Indian restaurants serving snacks are even cheaper. International chains like McDonald's, KFC, Chilis, and Starbucks are present all over Dubai and cater to most of the standard taste buds.

There are lots of Chinese and Oriental cuisine restaurants as well. However, the foreign cuisine is dominated by Indian cuisine owing to a large number of Indian migrants. Lebanese, Pakistan, Italian and Mexican cuisines are also quite easily available. Dubai's food, however, is famous mostly for its Kebabs and Middle Eastern delicacies. There are also several cafes to just sit around and relax.

Since UAE is an Islamic country, eating at public places during the holy month of Ramadan is prohibited and travellers should strictly take care of this rule. Unlike other places in the Middle East, alcohol is allowed in Dubai but has its own set of restrictions. Alcohol is available in Dubai at only licensed restaurants and bars which are mostly located in good hotels. However, selling alcohol is prohibited during religious holidays and also during the daytime in the month-long festival of Ramadan. Consuming alcohol is not allowed at public places and there are only a few selected licensed shops which sell alcohol to be consumed at home. The legal age of drinking in Dubai is above 21.

Food for Indians in Dubai

Best Indian Restaurants in Dubai:

  • Gharana Indian Restaurant, Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Rasoi Ghar Restaurant LLC, Bur Dubai
  • Indego by Vineet, Dubai Marina
  • India Palace Restaurant, Al Garhoud
Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Dubai:
  • Maharaja Bhog Restaurant, Bur Dubai
  • Kamat Restaurant, Mankhool
  • Bombay Brasserie, Burj Khalifa Street
Jain Restaurants in Dubai:
  • Marwari Vegetarian Restaurant, Computer Street
  • Sai Dham


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