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Five Middle Eastern Food Favourites

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Tamilla Dowse Tamilla Dowse

Five Middle Eastern Food Favourites
Maybe we’re biased but Middle Eastern food is by far our preferred choice when it comes to eating. Dubai has some of the most delicious restaurants that serve up quality Middle Eastern cuisine. Here are our top five foods that we can’t live without:


One of the most popular desserts, that varies slightly depending on which country it’s from. Either way, each variation includes phyllo dough layered with honey and nuts to create a very sweet taste. In Turkey, you’ll likely get it served with their famous vanilla ice cream which takes the taste to a whole other level. This is by far our favourite post-dinner dessert and if given the chance, is the only thing we’d choose to eat.


You probably all know what a falafel is, right? It’s that deep-fried ball made of chickpeas which is the ultimate meat substitute that’s added in your typical kebab. It can also be served alongside some hummus (because we can never get enough chickpeas), a simple greek salad and much more. They’re vegan and a guaranteed meal to fill you up!


This snack is slightly more lowkey and not that widely known/eaten. It’s predominantly popular in the Balkan/Caucauses area and is pretty much a sweet snack made of nut butter and sesame tahini. Warning: this one might not be your cup of tea, it’s very sweet and might need an acquired taste. Either way, you should give it a chance because you never know!


The most obvious choice to add to this list is the holy grail of dips; hummus. This bad boy tastes good in so many formats, whether it’s just spread over a piece of toast, used as a dip with crackers, added into your veggie bowl or however else you prefer to eat it. Another chickpea based dish, it’s also vegan which means everyone can enjoy! We’ll assume that you’ve tried this and if you haven’t, I think it’s safe to say that you might be living under a rock?


Finally, to wrap this list up we’ve reached the last favourite food on this list: the ever-versatile Shawarma. You can have this warm pita served up with a variety of meat, some lettuce, a delicious garlic sauce and some more veggies depending on your taste. If you’re looking for some easy, quick spots in Dubai that serve the best shawarma then click here.