What better way to get to know a country and its people than its food, which in Dubai means meals that start with tables laden with mezze—tabouli (bulgur wheat salad), baba ghanoush (an eggplant dip), and kibbe (ground lamb patties)—and end with desserts rich with honey, dates, nuts, and spices . Make sure to bring your appetite when you go to Al-Fanar, near the Festival City, which has become a popular option among both locals and visitors alike. The restaurant provides a chance to sample some of Dubai’s most delicious dishes, like jesheed (baby shark cooked with onions and spices), robyan mashwi (grilled jumbo prawns), and, for dessert, leqaimat (fried dough balls with date sauce). In addition, the restaurant offers a glimpse of life in old Dubai before the skyscrapers and the city’s recent boom. The dining rooms are lined with arches and many design touches are inspired by the houses of pearl merchants and the city’s souks. After dinner take a stroll along the creek, the center of life in old Dubai.
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