Dubai’s Culinary Heritage
Dubai is the home of its own distinct cuisine, with stews of goat and chicken rich with spices including cardamom, turmeric, and thyme. The emirate has long adopted many dishes more familiar in the Levant (roughly the area that includes Jordan, Lebanon and Syria)—like falafel and grilled kebabs. In more recent years, however, Dubai
has become a culinary capital of the world, and the city’s cosmopolitan nature as home to people of over 200 nationalities is reflected on the plates of its restaurants. The annual three-week Dubai Food Festival provides an opportunity to dive in to the city’s cuisine, with everything from meals by celebrity chefs to culinary walking tours of Dubai’s various neighborhoods.