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Emirati restaurants to try in Dubai
Updated on 15 March 2017

Emirati cuisine is composed of recipes handed down from one generation to the next and is a blend of many Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. While it still retains much of its traditional character, the modern diet of the UAE is cosmopolitan, and with the UAE’s position along the trade routes, the cuisine now features dishes from all around the world.

Meals often start with an elaborate mezze of dips and salads with traditional Emirati classics such as tabbouleh and hummus having found their way here from the kitchens of Lebanon and the Levant. In fact, Emirati cuisine has been shaped by a variety of cultures with Indian biryani as the inspiration for many rice dishes. Aromatic spices such as cardamom, saffron, turmeric, cinnamon, and nutmeg take centre stage alongside dried fruits such as almonds and pistachios, and generous sprinklings of fresh herbs such as coriander, mint and thyme.

Here are just a few Emirati restaurants to try:

Seven Sands

Located at The beach at JBR, Seven Sands serves authentic Emirati cuisine and will take you on a cultural journey through the seven emirates. www.sevensandsrestaurant.com

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)

Located in Al Fahidi, the SMCCU offers a traditional Emirati breakfast or lunch. Sat under shaded trees, you can ask the Emirati host any questions you have about the UAE's culture, customs and religion. www.cultures.ae

Local Bites Café

True to its name, this cafe, just off Jumeirah Beach Road, offers quick Emirati bites in a casual atmosphere. www.localbitescafe.com

Logma

Logma serves freshly prepared sweet and savoury dishes and is located opposite Box Park on Al Wasl Road. www.logma.ae

Milas Restaurant

Located at The Dubai Mall, Milas offers a modern take on traditional Emirati cuisine. www.milas.cc

Zaman Awal

Situated a few steps away from Dubai Creek, Zaman Awal is a traditional Emirati restaurant that offers unparalled views of Deira's skyline. www.zamanawal.com/restaurant

Bait Al Bahar

This beachfront location in Jumeirah is popular with visitors and locals alike. www.facebook.com/BaitAlBahar

 

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