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Emiratis have a soft spot for sweets, so travelers who share a sweet tooth will rejoice. You’re never far from a café with an ample selection of cakes, dates, pastries, and desserts. With a multinational population in the United Arab Emirates, the treats range from cupcakes and croissants to chocolates made with camel milk, pistachio- and almond-stuffed dates, and cheesy pastries sprinkled with nuts and coated in simple syrup originating from the Levant.
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The Collection - The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort,Saaydiyat Island - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
At the St. Regis collection of restaurants on Saadiyat Island, you will come across great dining options, one of which is the Caramel Retaurant & Lounge. I haven’t had many Baked Alaskas in my life, and this was certainly a memorable one. Apart...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Looking to bring home a sweet souvenir? Something different from a huge bar of duty-free Toblerone? Al Nassma chocolate is made with camel milk, said to be the next "superfood," with lower fat and more vitamins than cow milk. Then again, it is...
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Kunafa, an Arabian treat likely brought from Turkish Ottomans, comes in several varieties. Some is orange and others more neutral colors (I much prefer the bright orange version). Sometimes it's wrapped around the cheese, and other times it comes...
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The Bee's Knees Signature Caffe was a beautifully presented and perfectly spiced coffee on my afternoon walk around the Corniche. Settling into the cozy bright cafe, I couldn't resist a lemon tart as well. With a large display of sweets and a...
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Podium Level 3, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
I love watching people enter the Jumeirah Lobby at Etihad Towers for the first time. I typically see jaws drop, followed by big smiles, and then little sparkles from the chandelier reflected in their eyes. The entry into the lobby invites guests...
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Marina Mall - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
You cannot visit the Arabian Peninsula without trying the fruit of the palms. Dates (of the fruit variety, not of the human variety) abound in the United Arab Emirates. They are available at sweets shops and in the supermarkets. Dates are a...
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Nation Galleria, Nation Towers - West Corniche - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
A local favorite gathering place for coffee, tea, sumptuous salads, and decadent desert, Leopold’s of London (or LOL, for short) attract return customers with high quality ingredients and servers who can easily articulate the menu to patrons. My...
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Corniche Rd - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
The temptation of sweets meets the allure of espresso at Lavazza, where perfectly pulled espresso shots are adorned with creme, caramel, and toffee. The cafe at Nation Towers has an open atmosphere in the gallery of shops, a place where you can...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! This little cafe, tucked in the Fairmont Bab al Bahr, is the perfect place to break a diet - or celebrate an accomplishment. Serving hot and cold chocolate drinks along with truffles, cakes, and gift items, the...