Visitors from many parts of the world along with
a multi-ethnic resident community have ensured that
a sophisticated and innovative food culture has
developed in the UAE. Almost any type of food is
available, from classic European to Pacific Rim.
You can eat Mexican, Polynesian, Japanese, Chinese,
Thai, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Persian, Italian
and French cooking, and more, at some of the finest
restaurants in the Middle East.
International fast-food chains, serving the standard
fare of hamburgers, chips, pizzas etc (McDonaldss,
Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn, Hardees, Wimpy, Dunkin
Donut) are also located in the larger cities.
Fried Chicken seems to be a particular favourite.
International theme restaurants such as TGI Fridays,
Planet Hollywood, Fashion Café, Hard Rock
Café and Henry J Beans are all represented
in the Emirates.
you cannot find anything to suit in that list, small
ethnic cafés and corner stalls are ubiquitous.
Shisha cafés offer an opportunity to smoke
a shisha (hubble-bubble pipe) and serve food, coffee,
tea and fruit juices and corner stalls serve sharwarmas
and other sandwiches.
and Middle Eastern food is also available in a wide
variety of venues, from expensive restaurants to
local cafés. Fresh fish from the Arabian
Gulf is always good. Try lobster, crab, shrimp,
or grouper, tuna, kingfish, red snapper, grilled,
stuffed, or fried with spices.
it is not just a question of variety, make no mistake
the food is generally good and the standard of service
Muslims are prohibited from eating pork so it is
not included in Arabic menus. Hotels frequently
have substitutes such as beef sausages and veal
rashers on their breakfast menus. If pork is available,
it is clearly labelled as such.
Alcohol is generally only served in hotel restaurants
and bars (but not in Sharjah).
are some clubs (e.g. golf clubs) and associations.
Restaurants that are not associated with hotels
are not permitted to serve alcohol.