The United Arab Emirates is a cosmopolitan country that is known for its amazing beach resorts, full-throttle development, and quintessential skylines of high-rises. The UAE is and has been an incredibly famous location for city breaks and family holidays. Whether you are in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, or Ajman there is so much for tourists to see and explore in the UAE. Besides exploring the beautiful places and activities, you can also enjoy some finger-licking good traditional food regardless of where you are in the country. Here, we’ve put together the top 5 mouth-watering traditional foods you must try when in the UAE.
Shawarma is one of the most popular foods in the UAE and also eaten in several middle eastern countries. This is a wrapped non-vegetarian delicacy that can be made with either lamb, beef, or chicken (depending on your preference). This food might be prepared differently by different restaurants but most tourists find it incredibly tasty. This dish is prepared from small chops of seasoned marinated lamb, fresh vegetables, onions, garlic sauce, and tomatoes, wrapped in Arabic Pita bread.
2. Al Harees
Al Harees is probably one of the most traditional delicacies with highly exotic taste in the UAE. It is the dish you will find when you attend weddings and other religious festivals. This porridge-like dish is very easy to make and only needs a few ingredients. The Al Harees is made up of meat and wheat with just a pinch of salt, cooked together in boiling water for hours till becomes a smooth taste. Although this dish takes a long time to prepare, the end result is absolutely worth it.
3. Al Machboos
Al Macboos is another mouth-watering non-vegetarian food you must try when in the United Arab Emirates. The main ingredients used to make this dish is red meat, rice, shrimp or fish, and onions. Other seasonings that make this dish spectacular are salt, spices, and loomy (dried lemon). To enjoy this dish even better, we suggest you try this with some salad and raita.
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4. Stuffed Camel
Stuff Camel is one of the most amazing and most luxurious dishes in the UAE. Mentioned by the Guinness Book of Records and the largest dishes served in any menu around the world, this food will is a real treat! Served occasionally for special events such as Bedouin wedding feasts and festivals, the main ingredients of this dish are the whole camel, boiled eggs, chicken, lamb, rice, and fish. This one dish you don’t want to miss out on during your trip to the UAE.
5. Esh Hasarya
Esh Hasarya is a delicious cheesecake dessert that is also known as “the bread of Haram”. With a texture similar to that of a cheesecake and cream frosting, the Esh Hasarya is an emblem of Dubai’s food scene. This dessert is made with sweet pieces of bread, smothered in cream frosting, and then topped with pistachio nuts.