The street food in Dubai has the most-sought after blend of middle-eastern and Asian cuisines. The rich food of the whole bunch of different flavors of this cosmopolitan city is a melting pot of cultures. From being the city of world record breaker events to gaining the importance of traveller's paradise, it has everything one would like to explore and yet crave for. 

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Dubai has in store of all cuisines through a combination of Iranian, Lebanese, Arabic and Indian food with luscious flavors served by the heartwarming local eateries on the streets. As being the topmost luxurious city in the world, you get a chance to enjoy the tempting aroma of the piquant delicacies in the streets of Al Karama, Al Barsha, Jumeirah, and others.

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The places to eat in Dubai have made the streets a living dream for all foodies. Tempting dishes like shawarmas, falafel, and manakish have got all words beyond, you’ll be bound to love!

Places to Enjoy Street Food in Dubai

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Downtown Dubai

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Downtown Dubai
Iconic neighbourhood giving impressive and awe-spiring experiences to visitors through its different attractions, restaurants, hotels and the hub of luxury living and lifestyle in Dubai. Downtown Dubai is a hub for all the cuisines, being the top are Zuma for Japanese, Baker and Spice for international cuisine, and Costilla Taco at Maiz Taco Food Truck.

Offering a large number of eateries and dining options, this place has become a centre of attraction and a top tourist destination.

Location: Situated along Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
 
Timings: Open 24 hours

Famous Food Joints: Souffle cheesecake at Yamanote, vegan at the supernatural kitchen, Morelli's Gelato

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Meena Bazaar

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Meena Bazaar
Put on your shoes and be ready to shop at one of the oldest and busiest places in Dubai where the thousand of shops proffer you with vast categories of fashion and shopping items at negotiable prices. You cannot resist the thriving food culture in Meena bazar where authentic dishes are served using the Indian spices.

When here, one gets to taste one of the tastiest and mouth-watering dishes like samosas, bhajis. curries and biryanis at pocket-friendly prices. 

Location: Close to Khalid Bin Waleed Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai

Timings: 8am-12pm 

Famous Food Joints: The best place to eat country-specific cuisines and give buds a homely experience of tastes like  Al Ustad Special Kabab is known for its kebabs and south Iranian specialities.

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2nd December street

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2nd December street
Known as Al Diyafah until 2011, the street gets its reference after the declaration signed on  December 2, 1971, at the nearby union house and therefore holds historic importance. Watch this place turn into one of the liveliest places after sunset where you get to enjoy the aperitive and savory street food and get a chance to taste the authentic street food in Dubai.

At just one dirham you can enjoy the flavorsome piping hot flatbread at the Afghan Hole in the wall bakery, samosas at Satwa palace, explore traditional sweet shops with chocolates, juices and shakes, and numerous other cafes and eateries. 

Location: Jumeirah Street, cross of 2nd December Street, Dubai

Timings: 10 am- 8pm

Famous Food Joints: Cheesy pastries and shawarmas at Al Mallah, chicken tikka at Ravi's kitchen, kebabs at Pars Iranian Kitchen, and Delhi Darbar

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Al Karama

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Al Karama
Travelling on a budget? This market is going to satisfy all your shopping needs at extraordinary deals in the vibrant market spread with almost 300 shops. the multicultural vibe of this market welcomes you with delicious, lip-smacking and pocket-friendly dishes at the same time.

You must try chilli cheese vada pav at chaat bazaar in Al Karama. Being one of the oldest places in Dubai, you will come across a high number of restaurants and other places to eat in Dubai.

Location: 18b Street, Next to The He Karama Fish Market, Dubai

Timings: 10am - 10pm

Famous Food Joints: The chaat Bazaar

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Al Mateena and Muraqqabat Streets

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Al Mateena and Muraqqabat Streets
When hunger strikes drive down to two of Deira’s best eat streets, Al Mateena and Muraqqabat Streets is the place to go as some of the cafes are open 24*7 and ready to serve you best street food in Dubai. Try conventional specialities at different kebab joints, Lebanese bakeries and dessert places at this food central.

The place becomes more fascinating for tourists as there are few important landmarks to visit in al Mateena like Sheraton Deira, Renaissance Hotel, Marco Polo Hotel, and Dubai Palm Hotel. 

Location: Eastern Dubai, in the heart of Deira, Dubai 

Timings: Open 24 hours

Famous Food Joints: Tender lamb shawarma and tangy salad at Al Jazeira Streets, Karachi bakery, and Qwaider Al Nabulsi

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Ripe market

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Ripe market
Get a vibe of the regular alfresco market at the ripe market which is a platform for small and local businessmen to sell their organic and handcrafted products to the residents and tourists visiting under one roof. Not only the organic fruits and vegetables are sold here but all different kinds of organics like honey, tea, gluten-free foods, eggs, etc are available to choose from.

The Melt Room is known for its savory Mac n Cheese,  Operation Falafel for Musabbahha, and few other places for shawarmas.  

Timings: Fri - Sat 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Location: Umm Sequim Street, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai

Famous Food Joints: Syrian dishes, and shawarmas

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Sheikh Zayed Road

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Sheikh Zayed Road
Home to most of Dubai neck-cracking skyscrapers running from the emirates tower to Burj Khalifa at a stretch of 55 kilometres. Here you get a wonderful opportunity to experience the home-cooked Emirati food and unique food culture.

If you are looking for street food in Dubai at night, then this magnificent place will amaze you with its splendid and exclusive style of trucks aligned serving food from different parts of the world. The egg and cheese feteer at Zaroob and the Chicken drifter at Burger pit are one of the scrumptious dishes found here 24 hours.

Timings: Open 24 hours

Location: Starting from landmark Emirates Towers to the Burj Khalifa

Famous Food Joints: Jamaican beef samosa, pizzas, and okonomiyaki at Bentoya

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Bur Dubai and Deira

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Bur Dubai and Deira
Dubai Creek is what separates the Bur Dubai and Deira from their physical location. Bur Dubai is the part of old Dubai with a waterfront and enthralling traditional Arabian houses. While exploring the old Dubai you can try various dishes like falafel at Sultan Dubai Falafel, baklava at Al Samadi sweets, few breakfast places around the streets, exceptionally authentic Arabian food and few other places to eat in Dubai.

The neighbourhoods of Bur Dubai and Deira are known for their economical and not so fancy restaurants serving food in the traditional style like ‘Dhabas’ and other yummy eats. 

Timings: 10am- 1pm; opens at 5pm – till midnight 

Location: Old Dubai

Famous Food Joints: Dahi vada at chaat station cafeteria in Bur Dubai and samosas at Al Abra cafeteria in Deira

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09

Satwa

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Satwa
Covered with lively street life, coffee shops, tea houses, and cafes, and other eateries, the Al Satwa is situated near Bur Dubai with busy streets, compact neighbourhood and low rise buildings. Try the famous Kabyan Filipino Cuisine at Ortego’s Grill, manakeesh at Al Mallah and very popular deep-fried samosas at different corners around the street.

You would enjoy the lip-smacking south-east Asian and Pakistani cuisines, and exotic street food in Dubai at Al Satwa fast food centres.  

Location: The Satwa District is located at the southernmost of Dubai’s.

Timings: 24 hours

Famous Food Joints: Lebanese shawarma bistros and Western fast-food joints

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Global Village

Global Village
A leading multicultural family destination with magical entertainment and shopping extravaganza. The unique style of the global village is highlighted by the culture from all over the world joining together and offering millions of guests lifetime experience in Alfresco and distinctive international cuisine. This place has it all, from Indian spicy pani-puri, a skirt burger loaded with cheese, lassi spot to zombie doughnuts.

The vast variety of dishes one can find here is endless as this place has hamburgers. Turkish ice cream, hot chips, Karak chai, ramen sushi, thai pie and many more.

Location: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai 

Timings:
 Saturday to Wednesday 4 pm to midnight
               Thursday, Friday and public holidays from 4 pm to 1 am
               Mondays are for families and ladies from November till April.

Famous Food Joints: Leaning Tower of mozzarella, Punjabi village and plov 7

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Al Barsha

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Al Barsha
The ideal place for a connoisseur to satisfy their taste buds as there are plenty of different cuisines found here-  Italian, Thai, Chinese, Lebanese, Filipino, Nepalese and many more at other places to eat in Dubai.

 A few top places and their well-liked dishes that you must try when in Al Barsha are koshari at Al Amoor express, Kunafa at Feras Aldiyafa Sweets, and Toshka at Hannouf. 

Location: Al Barsha is located at west Dubai

Timings: 24 hours

Famous Food Joints: Falafel, shawarmas, chicken madhabi, and Pakistani cuisine

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Jumeirah

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 Jumeirah
Born in Dubai, the Jumeirah gives the most luxurious experience to its guests. Breakfast buffets to select from 40 different restaurants to accessing wild wadi waterpark for thrilling aquatic adventure to zoning out on the public beach area, every bit of it has something great and unique in them.

At the public beach, you can not miss out on a few dishes like chebab at Logma, Jamaican mosa at My Mosa, cheese Manakish at Al Reef Lebanese Bakery, chips Oman at HumYum, Shawarma at Eat & drink and many other places to eat in Dubai.

Location: Jumeirah, Dubai

Timings: 24 hours

Famous Food Joints: Hassan Mathar at Al Ijaza Cafeteria, Halloumi wrap at Paratha’Ta, and Churrasquinho at Taste of Brazil food truck

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Dubai Marina

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 Dubai Marina
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Dubai Marina is the man-made artificial canal city with panoramic views and splendid, luxurious and liveliest neighbourhoods. When at Dubai Marina, there is a lot to explore like Dubai marina mall, Dubai marina walk, the beach, and the luxury yachts.

Similarly, the foodies inside you will love to explore the Mediterranean cuisine, Arabic fast foods, and Indian spicy delicacies. Strive on a new type of shawarma with a Mexican twist at Shami Gourmet as one can simply find Best tandoori and street food in Dubai Marina. 

Famous Food Joints: JJ Chicken, Dabang Kathi & Curry, Beirut Bites

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Dubai’s Best Street Food

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Shawarma

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Shawarma
When in Dubai you cannot miss out on the mouth-watering dish popularly known as shawarma which is a popular middle eastern recipe prepared with lamb or mutton traditionally but is now even available in chicken, turkey or beef. Shawarmas are served hot and have fillings of hummus, pickles, vegetables, french fries, etc. 

Al mallah is one of the most popular places for shawarmas lovers. Other places to eat street food in Dubai are Al Safadi restaurant, Belad Al-Sham, Mr. Shawarma, and al barsa.

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Shish Tawook Sandwich

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Shish Tawook Sandwich
A Lebanese dish either served in a roll or a sandwich form with a stuffing of grilled chicken shish tawouk with different veggies like cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes along with garlic spreading on the burrito. It is usually grilled or made in the stove where it is kept on rest for a few minutes.

The base for the dish is mostly a pita bread and sometimes pickles, lettuce and egg whites are added for additional taste. This lip-smacking dish just melts in the mouth, making it extremely loved by the people in Dubai and can be easily found on the 2nd December street and at filful on Al Wasl road.

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Chips Oman roll

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Chips Oman roll
This crunchy snack is perfect to have at any time of the day. It is especially loved by the cheese lovers as it is prepared using kraft cheese as one of its main ingredients. The perfect combination of the crunchy chips Oman and freshly prepared hot roll with wheat flour gives a deadly result of this flaky paratha.

Olive oil is usually used to prepare this mouth-watering dish along with a little tinge of tabasco sauce. You can find different types of Oman chips combinations like Chips Oman Donuts at IL Donaccino,  Cheese Chips Oman Paratha at HumYum, and Cheese Chips Pancakes at Freez.

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Harees

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Harees
This in-demand Arabian dish of meaty deliciousness is most served as a side dish in the holy month of Ramadan, Eid -ul- Fitr and Arab weddings. A coarsely ground wheat is mixed with meat or chicken and then the mixture is boiled. This dish is also known by names Jareesh, Hareesa, and Arizah.

People around the globe like it differently. For example, Omanis like it with dry fruits and barista, while Arabs like it light and similarly some people like it with different spices and toppings. Al Mallas and Jumeirah beach road are the most desired places to eat this street food in Dubai.
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Samboosa

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Samboosa
This Emirati recipe is nothing but fried savory triangles getting its name from the popular Indian snack samosa, and are any- time- of- the- day- snack. The samboosa is a deep-fried, a mixture of beef or meat with different vegetables and exotic spices.

You can find this snack at farzi café,  Al Abra Cafeteria, and Satwa Palace in Dubai.

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Manakish

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Manakish
All the cheese lovers get ready to drool over this Lebanese ‘pizza’ made of pita bread. Manakish can be made using a variety of bread and has an option of adding your own toppings along with the seasoning like za’atar, ground lamb, spinach, etc.

These middle eastern pizzas never disappoint and could be easily found at Al Rigga, zaroob- world trade center, all Mallah and Al Muraqqaba streets in Dubai.  
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Luqaimat

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Luqaimat
A traditional Emirati dish which looks like sweet little doughnut balls, but soft and chewy. These crispy fried balls can be served in different ways - firstly, the original style without any extras, secondly with cheese, and thirdly with a topping of honey, date syrup or Nutella adding more sweetness and flavors to it.

When in Dubai, you can try this classic dessert at smart in Mirdif, Al Fanar, Hum Yum, and Seven Sands.

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Karak with Fried Donuts

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Karak with Fried Donuts
The national drink of Dubai getting its relevance from the Indian kadak chai, is very popular amongst the crowd in Dubai due to its creamy and strong taste of tea. One can easily find this drink at any roadside shops in Dubai where you will get a strong scent of cardamom and other spices being used together to make it and is available for AED 1 ( INR 20).

A few well-known places serving Karak with a side of a crispy doughnut or a sweet cake are Karak house restaurant, all fresh Karak café, Karak time (Karama beach) and many more.
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Fareed

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Fareed
A great combo of flatbread usually crispy layered with meat soup. It could be prepared either way – only with vegetables and exotic spices, or with meat, lamb or chicken. This type of soupy stew is a popular dish during the month of Ramadan and usually served at the time of iftar because it’s easy on the stomach.

Seven Sands, Jumeirah Beach Road, and Al Mallas, Jumeirah Beach are places which are known for the authentic taste of fareed.

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Madrooba

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Madrooba
A common middle eastern dish made from a mash of beaten rice cooked on a low sim on the stove for a longer duration of time. It is considered to be one of the most nutritional, healthy and filling dishes served at various festivities. The unique ingredient to this recipe which adds a speciality to it is dried limes.

The final dish is served with the topping of fried onions and cardamom flavored butter to maintain its thick consistency. You will not find madrooba that easily as it is mostly cooked at home due to the time it takes but could be possibly be found at Al Dawaar, and Al Romansiah.

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Knafeh

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Knafeh
Rated as the queen of desserts, this middle eastern dessert is a sweet pastry layered with molten ooegy gooey cheese. This dish is perfect for sweet tooths and cheese lovers. Chopped pistachios are sprinkled all over this Arabic dessert and some essence of rose-scented syrup adds the perfect taste,  making it one of the most delicious foods in the city.

The local favorite and absolute gem of Dubai which serves the best knafeh is  Feras Aldiyafa Sweets and no one can beat it. 
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Falafel

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Falafel
The prime most alternative for all the vegetarians is falafel. This delightful deep-fried patty is made from chickpeas or fava beans and comes with various dressings of hummus and pita with fresh vegetables rolled around it. This vegan food is also a great source of protein and can be prepared fast and easy to make. 

Operation Falafel The Beach Mall JBR, Arabian tea house restaurant and café, and Olea are top most popular places serving this exotic dish of spices.

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  1. What is the famous Dubai street food?

    1. Samboosa: An Emirati version of the Indian samosa, Samboosa is a deep-fried snack stuffed with beef, meat, or exotic vegetables.
    2. Laqaimat: A popular Emirati sweet dish, Luqaimat are deep-fried donut balls served with a variety of toppings.
    3. Manakeesh: Manakeesh is the Lebanese version of pizza, served on pita bread.
    4. Knafeh: One of the most popular desserts in Arabic cuisine, the Knafeh is a sweet pastry served with molten cheese.
  2. Which is the traditional food in Dubai?

    1. Harees: A traditional preparation of wheat and meat, Harees is mainly served during religious festivals.
    2. Fareed: Fareed is a sweet dish mainly served during the month of Ramadan, a creamy stew prepared either with meat or vegetables.
    3. Balaleat: A traditional sweet and salty breakfast dish, prepared with vermicelli and eggs.
    4. Fattoush: A vegan salad preparation with fresh vegetables and bread, usually served as a starter before the main meal.
  3. What are the best areas to find Street Food in Dubai?

    1. Sheikh Zayed Street: Home to some of Dubai’s best-known skyscrapers, Sheikh Zayed Street is also well known for its variety of street food. Open 24 hours on all days of the week, the street is teeming with shops selling traditional Emirati items.
    2. Bur Dubai and Deira: A popular attraction in the Old Dubai region, Bur Dubai and Deira is home to a number of Emirati snack stores. This waterfront eats street is known for its falafels and baklavas. 
    3. Global Village: A much sought after entertainment arena in Dubai, the idea of Global Village is to create a melting pot of cultures from all across the world. Consequently, the food served here offers a taste of prominent global cuisines, from pani puris to skirt burgers.
    4. Al Satwa: A popular joint for Lebanese and Pakistani dishes, Al Satwa is one of Dubai’s most popular food joints. The street is best known for its Shawarma bistros and western food shacks.
  4. Is food at the food festivals in Dubai free?

    No, the food served at the festivals in Dubai is paid, and the charges depend on the restaurant serving.

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