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Street Food and Regional Eats in Dubai

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For intrepid foodies daring to venture beyond hotel restaurants, there's much to discover and devour in Dubai, especially from across the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, and Africa. In the bustling Bur Dubai and Deira souqs, you'll stumble across shawarma stands and Indian fried-snack stalls, while in the backstreets of neighborhoods like Satwa and Karama, you can feast on Iraqi grilled meats, Persian kebabs, and piping-hot bread.
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Al Muraqqabat Street , Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
To get a feel for the real Dubai, there's no better way than to book a tour with Frying Pan Adventures. Frying Pan was the first culinary tour outfit in Dubai, and their success is well deserved. A day with Frying Pan will get you out of the...
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4 B Street, Al Karama, Behind Park Regis Hotel, Bur Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
There is such a mind-boggling variety of food cramped up in the block behind the Park Regis hotel in Karama, that your brains get fried into this chewy schmukaroo of dinner-time confusion. Should you do Ethiopian? Or Sudanese falafel? Or...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Automatic Cafeteria on Al Rigga Road is said to hail from the 70's, and while much of their food is nothing to ride across the desert for, they've managed to set a high bar with their shawarma spices and cooking technique. Their special ''Arabic...
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Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Building, Al Falah Road, - Opp. Mashreq Bank, Al Al Souk Al Kabeer - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The UAE is one of the most multicultural countries in the world and its largest city Dubai the most cosmopolitan. Indians make up one of the largest population groups and have a long history in Dubai dating to its early years as a tiny trading...
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The Iranian influence in Dubai is evident everywhere, and will be especially noticeable if Special Ostadi Restaurant (SOR) is on your culinary itinerary. The photos of Iranian faces lining the walls—celebrities, singers, and pretty...
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Umm Suqeim Road, Al Barsha 2 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Tucked away in a very dusty, uninspiring road behind the Mall of Emirates, Cabrito Mandi is a traditional restaurant that caters to the carnivorous taste buds. The dish to order is their Lamb Shoulder haneeth, crusted in cumin and falling off the...
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Baniyas Rd, Near to Deira Twin Towers, Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
My Persian American roommate Parsa and I ventured off to the less posh and glam part of Dubai for some more affordable eats. Since he hadn't been to Iran in years, and we were living in Dubai, Parsa had been looking forward to sampling some of his...
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The Dubai Mall, 2nd Floor, Next to The Water Fall & The Dubai Fountain - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Save yourself from mall ennui at Dubai Mall, skip the food courts and enjoy the incredibly well-made Lebanese fare at Al Hallab. My top picks: hummus, baba ghanouj, makanek (baby sausages drizzled with pomegranate sauce), hindbeh (chicory greens),...
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Al Ras Near Ahmadiya School - Dubai United Arab Emirates - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Slightly worn out from haggling at the souks or climbing Mount Burj Khalifa? Stop by at Ahmedia Heritage Guest House for an afternoon serving of rice pilaf. Many incarnations of pilaf exist throughout the region, but most include a serving of some...