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Culinary Delights of the United Arab Emirates
The Local Cuisine In UAEThe United Arab Emirates is known for their flavorful dishes that are incredibly aromatic. Most traditional dishes offer a delightful combination of meat or seafood, vegetables, spices, and rice. What makes the dishes in UAE unique are the spices and herbs that are used in every dish. Turmeric, cardamon, cloves, and thyme are herbs that infiltrate most dishes. These flavors add amazing contrast and spice to every bite.
BreakfastLocals across the country recognize the importance of starting the day with a nourishing breakfast. For the most part, foods that are eaten in the morning are similar to the foods that are eaten later in the day. Some of the mouth-watering breakfast dishes that can be found in restaurants across the country include:
- Balaleet -- A rich vermicelli cooked with eggs, onions, and cinnamon. This dish is sometimes offered sweetened and includes sugar, dates, and cardamom.
- Baigh Tomat (Shakshuka) -- A traditional meal in the middle east consisting of scrambled eggs and tomatoes.
- Chabab Bread with Dates -- An emirati wheat pancake sweetened with dates.
LunchThe lunch options in UAE are endless. Locals eat at the typical lunch time hour, between 12:30pm and 3:00pm. Although lunch is still rich in flavor, it requires less production than other meals. During your time in United Arab Emirates, you must try the following dishes:
- Hareeth -- A warm porridge made with wheat, meat, and ghee. This dish is typically served under chopped vegetables and arabic spices.
- Fish Salona -- This dish consists of grilled fish cooked in curry and arabic spices. This dish is simple and healthy, typically served with white rice.
- Thareed -- A stew made with either lamb or chicken. The stew contains potatoes and mixed vegetables. Thareed is commonly served with Raqaq Bread.
DinnerDinner in UAE is usually the largest meal of the day. The main dish of dinner is usually accompanied by rice and salad. The locals in the United Arab Emirates typically have a sweet tooth after dinner. Most dinners are followed by fresh dates or other aromatic desserts. Dinners are filling and delightful; common dishes include:
- Ouzi - A rice dish that is topped with lamb meat, almonds, and pine nuts.
- Khuzi - A dish that contains roasted lamb or goat accompanied by rice, nuts, and spices.
- Al Machboos - A lemon-flavored dish containing red meat, fish, shrimp, and rice.
UAE Cities Known for Their FoodThroughout UAE, there are a few specific cities that are known for their cuisines. The most popular foodie destinations include:
- Ras Al Khaimah - The restaurants in Ras Al Khaimah are unmatched across the country, offering options for five-star dining or local street food.
- Dubai - Dubai has many restaurants that have amazing menus and an even better ambiance.
- Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi is home to a modern and eclectic restaurant scene.
- Al Ain - This large city is known for their foreign buffets and waterfront dining opportunities.
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