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Indians and Pakistanis are the biggest expat communities in the emirate – Ravi Restaurant is a Dubai institution where you can dine on great curries for less than £9 a head.
Emirati cuisine is also easy to find, of course, with some of Dubai’s top restaurants serving up traditional menus in plush, highly decorative settings.
Local dishes tend to use a lot of spices – turmeric, saffron and cardamom are all common – and stews, shawarma, hummus and tabbouleh often feature heavily.
Chicken and seafood are eaten in high quantities, and camel meat is regularly prepared for special occasions.
Friday brunch has become a bona fide Dubai institution, with multiple courses and heaped buffets the norm – there’s often free-flowing drink involved too.
A high proportion of the emirate’s leading restaurants are based in hotels and resorts, which in turn grants them the means of getting an alcohol license.
The continued rise of the annual Dubai Food Festival, which lasts for more than two weeks, is indicative of the essential truth that underpins the dining scene here: Dubai is obsessed with food.
Not ready to hit the hay after dinner? Find out where to go on our Dubai nightlife page.