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
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 is high.
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.