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A city like Abu Dhabi is a harmonious blend of cultures from countries all around the globe.
This fact has given rise to several cuisines that are worth a try when visiting or if you are an expatriate that calls Abu Dhabi your home.
From street food to sushi to shawarma to popular fast food joints like Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, and Burger King, Abu Dhabi has a wide range of food and drink choices. Nevertheless, it would be incomplete if you didn’t try some regional specialities while in the UAE.
Due to the UAE’s prime location in the Persian Gulf, the country relies heavily on seafood, and Middle Eastern spices like saffron, cinnamon, turmeric and cardamon are highly favoured. Rice, yoghurt, meat and chicken are among the country’s other staples.
Keep in mind that finding traditional Emirati foods in Abu Dhabi can be pretty challenging, especially in touristy areas. So be sure to download your trusted Map app to help you navigate the city and find the restaurant you are looking for.
If you are passionate about food and drink, finding international cuisines will never be an issue, no matter the time of year you plan a visit, which also applies to Emirati cuisines. Still, we strongly suggest you visit during the holy month of Ramadan (a time of fasting for Muslims).
At this time of year, plenty of restaurants offer traditional Emirati Iftars (meal to break fast) and Suhoors (last meal before fasting), so you will be able to enjoy a delectable feast of culinary delights.