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Where the Locals Eat in Dubai

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The United Arab Emirates is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, and its most cosmopolitan city, Dubai, is no exception. Locals and expats might dine on Thai or Korean at a simple neighborhood eatery, feast on British fish and chips by the beach, or tuck into Russian or Ethiopian takeout at home. Away from the hotels, eating out is very affordable.
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Al Karama - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The crunchy lentil vada and Chennai-style sambar at Woodlands are flavors that have stood the test of time in this rapidly changing city. Long-time residents who know their South Indian fare still flock to this 30+ year old hidden gem in Karama,...
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What could be better than the catch of the day eaten while your toes are still digging in the sand? This cheap and cheerful seafood shack in the shadow of Burj Al Arab is incredibly popular with the locals, so get there early (6PM) to avoid the...
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3rd floor, Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga Road, Al Rigga - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
On the second floor of Dubai's first-ever shopping mall, hidden away in a tower that no tourist would ever come across, is the hugely popular Korean restaurant - Shogun. Shogun's marinated meats (bulgogi and kalbi) sizzle up to perfection on the...
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Al Maktoum Street, Al Rigga - Near Clock Tower, Behind Emirates Gas Station - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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This Old Dubai institution serves up some of the most flavourful, authentic Chinese fare - be it spicy chicken gooteys (pan-fried dumplings with a crunchy lace on the underside) and Peking Duck. Their Double Taste Duck is the one to pick, with...
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JLT Cluster Y - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
At Marta's Kitchen, a patio café hidden in Jumeirah Lake Towers, you're served by chef Marta herself. The menu frequently changes, but you'll taste exquisite dishes influenced by her upbringing in San Sebastián. Marta's is only open for lunch from...
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Oud Metha near Lamcy Plaza - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Lemongrass Thai has a reputation for authentic flavors and a friendly atmosphere—a great option for families. If you're in the mood for a taste of international cuisine in this cosmopolitan city, Lemongrass can satisfy your craving.
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Marina Byblos Hotel, Al Hubob St, Dubai Marina - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Have a hankering for pierogies and Beef Stroganov? Tchaikovsky Russian Restaurant & Night Club offers an impressive buffet of Russian fare. The drink menu is pretty solid, but the real treat is the company of talented Russian dancers, who provide...
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Al Rigga Rd, Deira,Near Al Rigga Metro Station - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
With the largest Korean community in the Arab world, Pyongyang Okryu-Gwan in Deira is a fitting place to begin a Dubai exploration of Korean cuisine. Part of a chain of restaurants based in the troubled North Korean capital, this...
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Ground Floor, Millennium Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road - Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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The Bufalina pizza at Rossovivo's is one of those pizzas that will leave you with a deep, primal longing for melted buffalo mozzarella cheese and their fragrantly fresh tomato sauce many nights after you first ate it. This artisanal pizza hangout...
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Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Lower Level, The Boulevard - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
I'm not a fan of eating at malls in most cities around the world, but Dubai's malls are much more than shopping centers and provide much-needed respite from the searing heat. I must have eaten at Noodle House hundreds of times since it opened....
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Dubai Internet City - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Without a doubt the best original Napoli pizza in Dubai served by its very own pizzaiolo and as good as anything you will eat in Naples. Purists should order the Napoli pizza and creative souls the Raffaello. Additional location at Business Bay....
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Shop 116, Souk Madinat Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
With its meandering canals, lantern-lit corridors, and labyrinth of treasures, Souq Madinat Jumeriah is a fitting setting for top-notch Thai food in Dubai. Step aboard an abra (water taxi) and be whisked to Pad Thai for alfresco dining. Here both...