Where to dine?
Restaurants and cafés are located in shopping malls either as stand-alone establishments or in food courts. They are also located in hotels, shopping centres, shopping districts, residential areas and clubs (organisations).
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The UAE has many restaurants and cafés, some amongst the finest in the world. Several international restaurants and cafés have outlets in the UAE. Popular cuisines served in the restaurants are Afghani, African, American, Arabic, British, Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Indian, Indonesian, Iranian, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Mediterranean, Mexican, Nepali, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Thai and Vietnamese.
The UAE has many chic clubs, bars, pubs and discos; most of them are attached to hotels. They offer a variety of live entertainment, great ambience and finger-licking good food!
Traditional Emirati fare includes Khuzi (stuffed whole roast lamb or goat on a bed of spiced rice), Machboos (casserole of lamb or chicken layered with rice seasoned with spices and some saffron) or Al Madrooba (a mix of salted fish, spices and thick sauce).
Visitors interested in tasting traditional Emirati fare could visit Mezlai at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Milas in Dubai Mall and Al Fanr in Dubai Festival City.
Find out where you can try Emirati cuisine in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Eat with an Emirati
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding offer cultural meals; you can enjoy Emirati food while chatting with an Emirati and learning about the UAE's history and culture.
The UAE offers several unique eating-out experiences such as dining beside a floor-to-ceiling aquarium, munching in cafés while you pet some purring cats, indulging in chocolate cafés and splurging on the occasionally created edibles with real gold!
Some local cafés (Mama Tani, Majilis, Café2go) serve camel burgers as a healthy alternative to beef. Camel milk is used to make cheese, ice cream and delicious chocolate.
Vegan and vegetarian
Vegan and vegetarian restaurants and cafés are present in the UAE.
Owing to religious restrictions, only a few restaurants serve pork dishes.
Alcohol is served only in permitted/designated areas, such as licensed restaurants and bars attached to hotels.