It's no secret that a city's best food isn't always served on a white tablecloth and in Dubai, the best example of this adage is Bu Qtair. Until the 1920s, most of Dubai’s population (7,000 of the 10,000 people who lived here) worked in the pearling and fishing industry. Fish has played a central role of the emirate’s cuisine and history. Bu Qtair, a modest cafeteria behind the Burj al Arab, offers a no-fuss taste of this tradition. Come early to avoid the long waiting times. With the staff hollering customers’ names and the delicous aroma of fish and shrimp cooking invigorating the atmosphere, this simple restaurant should not be missed, especially if you’re looking for a change from the city’s more luxurious dining venues.