5 Famous Local Foods Of Dubai 

Mar 3, 2024, 04:55 PM IST

5 Famous Local Foods Of Dubai 


Dubai has a rich culinary heritage with several famous local dishes that you should definitely try when visiting. Here are five of them:

Al Machboos

Also known as Kabsa, Al Machboos is a traditional Emirati dish made with rice, meat (usually chicken, lamb, or goat), and a blend of aromatic spices. The meat is marinated and then cooked with the rice to create a flavorful and hearty dish.

Al Harees

Al Harees is a classic Emirati dish that is often prepared during special occasions like weddings and Ramadan. It consists of slow-cooked wheat and meat (typically chicken or lamb) seasoned with salt. The mixture is cooked for several hours until it becomes a thick, porridge-like consistency resulting in a comforting and satisfying dish.


Luqaimat are small, deep-fried dumplings made from flour, sugar, yeast, and saffron, often flavoured with cardamom or rose water. These sweet treats are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and they are usually drizzled with date syrup or honey making them a popular dessert in Dubai.


Balaleet is a traditional Emirati breakfast dish that combines sweet and savoury flavours. It consists of vermicelli noodles cooked and topped with a layer of scrambled eggs. Balaleet is often served with a side of date syrup or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.


Rgag is a thin, crepe-like bread that is a staple in Emirati cuisine. It is made from a simple dough of flour, water, and salt, which is rolled out thinly and cooked on a hot griddle or skillet. Rag can be enjoyed on its own or served alongside dishes like grilled meats, stews, or dips.

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