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Amazing Middle Eastern Restaurants To Check Out!
Updated on 04 October 2022

Living in the UAE, the love for delicious Middle Eastern food knows no bounds.

With so many flavours and dishes included, there is always something to enjoy for every mood.

As there are many hotspots to enjoy mouthwatering Middle Eastern food, here is a round-up of just some of the amazing stand-alone restaurants to stop by and enjoy a great meal.

Al Fanar

If you are looking for a place to delight in amazing Emirati cuisine, Al Fanar is a great place to visit. With three locations in Dubai in Al Barsha, Al Seef and Dubai Festival City, the restaurant takes you to the 60s with authentic local cooking. Delight in tucking into food from the Michelin Guide 2022 listed restaurant with dishes including kofta samak, lentil soup, grilled jumbo shrimp, saloona laham badaweya, thereed laham, kebab Emarati, Vimto cheesecake and more. 


Allo Beirut

Lebanese street food is the name of the game and Allo Beirut is the winning spot. Located on Hessa Street, City Walk and Al Warqa City Mall, it is the perfect stop to enjoy great comfort food. Delight in a wide range of great dishes at the restaurant including mixed grill, stuffed lamb, dynamite shrimp, falafel saj sandwich, chicken shawarma and more. 


Bait Maryam

Located at Jumeirah Lake Towers Cluster D, Bait Maryam is a small homegrown concept. Named after the owner's mother, the restaurant serves diners scrumptious Levantine dining. Winning big at the Michelin Guide 2022, the restaurant won the Welcome and Service Award and was one of those selected to get a Bib Gourmand. This place is a must-visit. Delight in dishes including zaatar and cheese manakeesh, grilled halloumi qallayat, lamb chops with honey, shish tawook and more.


Al Safadi

Al Safadi has been bringing the taste of Lebanese food since 2000 to five branches in Dubai including Al Rigga, Sheikh Zayed Road by Dubai World Trade Centre, Umm Al Sheif, The Pointe at Palm Jumeriah and Motor City. Tuck into amazing flavours with dishes including hummus with meat and pine, fried sujouk, calamari, grilled salmon, kabab orfali and more.


Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant

The Bib Gourmand winner at the 2022 Michelin Guide, Al Khayma Heritage Restaurant, is an amazing spot to enjoy delicious Emirati food. Located at Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, the restaurant is a celebration of Emirati culture. Enjoy appreciating Emirati heritage at the museum and delight in tasty dishes including seafood soup, fried squid, lamb biryani, grilled lamb chops, uzi chicken, vegetable saloona and more.


Al Ustad Special Kabab

Located on Al Mussallah Road near Al Fahidi, Al Ustad Special Kabab is a great place to enjoy authentic Iranian cuisine. Delight in amazing dishes from cholo kabab, tahdeek, falafel, khorak barg, mixed grills and more. One of the oldest restaurants in Dubai opened in 1978, the food will definitely have you coming back for more.


Al Beiruti

Al Beiruti, with two branches in Dubai at The Pointe at The Palm and at Umm Al Sheif on Sheikh Zayed Road, is a great spot to transport yourself to Beirut and enjoy amazing Lebanese food. With a captivating ambience, diners can enjoy a breakfast menu with a mixed cheese platter, eggs and potato, grilled potato and more, as well as main meal dishes including spinach pie, cheese rolls, falafel, fatteh with meat shawarma, grilled jumbo shrimps and more.


Orfali Bros Bistro Restaurant

Orfali Bros Bistro Restaurant in Jumeirah 1 is a homegrown concept by three brothers from Syria with a love for food. Adding a spin to traditional Middle Eastern flavours, the restaurant serves diners with a wide variety of innovative dishes including caviar bun, corn bomb, cheese pide, ultimate burger and more.



Zaroob with branches in Dubai Marina and on Sheikh Zayed Road is a lovely place to enjoy delicious Levantine street food. Start the day with breakfast with dishes including shakshouka, meat fatteh, labneh, eggs and soujock and more. The restaurant also serves dishes like chicken shawarma rice bowl, beef and mushroom skillet, hotdog and kashkaval, dynamite chicken shawarma and more. 



Comfort food is always something we all gravitate to and Mama'esh with multiple branches in the UAE is definitely the one-stop destination to enjoy authentic Palestinian street food. While at the restaurant, delight in hummus with meat, vine leaves, fatayer, mashed potato and minced meat pan, labneh and za'atar manakeesh and more. 



Bringing the taste of Beirut to the world since 1979, the restaurant is a great spot for delicious Middle Eastern dining. With two branches in Dubai at Bay Avenue Mall at Business Bay and on Hessa Street, the restaurant serves diners the best Lebanese comfort food. Delight in dishes including turkey and cheese manakish, kebbeh, roasted chicken, kebab eggplant sandwiches, shawarma platter and more. 


Zaatar w Zeit

If you are looking for a laid back ambience to enjoy a tasty meal with friends or family, Zaatar w Zeit is the place to be. With serving some of the best Lebanese street food at its centre, relish in dishes like Rocca and cheese salad, chicken boom burger, mighty kafta wrap, light halloumi pan, baked potato and cheese and more. The restaurant has around 12 branches making it easier to grab a bite wherever you may be.


Manoushe Street

If you are on a quest to find delicious Lebanese food, Manoushe Street with multiple branches in Dubai is the place to be. From tucking into tasty dishes including hummus chicken shawarma, kafta and cheese manoushe, hot dog and cheese manoushe, Lebanese pizza, chicken spinach fatayer and more, the restaurant will surely have you coming back time and time again for more soul food.


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Enjoy an amazing performance by Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle 8 September at Coca-Cola Arena
The run will be held on 19 March from 7.30am
More chefs announced to appear and 15 top restaurants confirmed.
The festival will be held till 16 October
The one night only concert will be held on 28 April at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Eventful things happening over the next seven days
Great events to enjoy this weekend!
The event will be held from 29 October to 27 November
Top things to do in Dubailand, Motor City, Sport City and Green Community
As we observe the International Day of Sign Languages today, we’ve rounded up a few places in the UAE that teach sign language, so you can learn a new skill while opening yourself up to a whole new world.
The concert will be held on 19 February on the Main Stage
Worthwhile events to enjoy this weekend
Celebrate Eid with loads of fun and activities in Dubai
Amazing events to make it a memorable Eid Al Fitr!
Discover Dubai has curated the ultimate weekend guide, ensuring you experience the best of entertainment and excitement in the Emirates. 
The award winning comedian is appearing for one night only on 25 March
The 10-hour festival will be held on 20 August
Fun events to enjoy this weekend
Here are some things you can do this weekend!
The concert will be held on 18 March 2023
The artist will perform on 3 December
Make this weekend a fun one with these amazing events
The 90-minute show features 23 artists performing their signature dances
The championships will be held from 18 to 28 October
Marvel in stunning fireworks this Eid Al Fitr
Get ready for a December full of fun and festivities in the UAE! As 2023 winds down, the UAE is buzzing with amazing concerts, shows, and events that promise a good time.
Amazing things to make this weekend one to remember!
Enjoy paddling around the lagoon with dolphins!
The lineup for the August Selfdrive Laughter Factory will feature Ryan Cullen, Karen Bayley and Nick Page
Discover Dubai has put together the perfect guide for you. Keep reading and start making your weekend plans today!
The concert will be held at Coca-Cola Arena
Discover Dubai has listed some of the events happening around Dubai that will help you plan your weekend in the best way possible. 
Coke Studio fans, it's time to unite and glee in excitement since the highly-anticipated second edition of Coke Studio Live is all set to take stage at Coca-Cola Arena on 25 November.
The concert will be held on 4 February 2023 at Coca-Cola Arena
Dubai-ites get ready to be spooked as Dubai Parks and Resorts is all set to turn into a haunted wonderland from 30 September for six chilling weeks.
The festival will be held on 9 and 10 September
If you're looking for exciting activities this November, here's a list of must-attend concerts and events in the UAE.
The Christmas show at Festival Bay is held daily till 28 December at 7.30pm
Delight in a brilliant electronic dance music lineup of Don Diablo, Yellow Claw, Aly & Fila, VINAI, DubVision and DJ Pink Panda
Fun activities to curb boredom this weekend!
Cinema Akil is set to host Italian Film Week from 9 to 15 June
Discover Dubai has your guide for the best things to do. Don't wait! Bookmark now and get ready for some weekend fun!
Top things to do in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Emirates Living, Jebel Ali, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Delight in amazing dishes this week!
The event will be held on 4 November
Fill your weekend with all the activities and enjoyment!
Fun events to check out in Dubai!
The silver anniversary June tour has an amazing line up
Exciting events for a fun weekend!
The August tour will feature Nick Guerra, Lisa Curry and Jack Jr
With a 6 day holiday you have time to enjoy a well-deserved break
DSS is returning for over nine weeks of amazing sales and entertainment
Top things to do in Al Barsha, Barsha Heights and Al Quoz
Time for some laughs with the Laughter Factory!
Fun events to enjoy this weekend!
Fun events to check out this weekend!
The event will run on 26 February at Media Rotana Hotel in Barsha Heights
Special shows will be held at Dubai Festival City at 7.30pm and 8.30pm with the Russian flag on display at 9.30pm
Top things to do in Bur Dubai, Karama, Al Mankhool, Al Jaddaf and Oud Metha
The sale will run from 25 to 27 November
Enjoy a funny show this month!
The show will be held on 26 December at Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Spooky Planet, The Green Planet's outdoor Halloween extravaganza, will transform the indoor rainforest into a Halloween wonderland from 6 to 31 October. 
Events to check out in Dubai this weekend
Awesome events to enjoy in Dubai!
Michael Jackson tribute star Ben Bowman will perform amazing dance routines and songs by the King of Pop on 17 December at Coca-Cola Arena
Enjoy a spectacular show this National Day
Get ready to make the most of the new month!
The concert will be held for two nights on 30 September and 1 October at Queen Elizabeth II Theatre
Make the most of the amazing National Day weekend
Brilliant events that are sure to make the month a fun one for all!
The show will feature live entertainment, aerialists and special effects and lighting
The September Selfdrive Laughter Factory Tour features Dane Baptiste, Karen Rontowski and Jack Gleadow
The annual summer shopping event will run from 1 July to 4 September
A round up of some exciting things to do over the next 7 days starting from this weekend!
The multisensory experience will be available to the public from 23 September
The event will be held on 14 October at City Walk
It is time for the long Eid holiday fun!
Make the most of the festive season with family and friends!
Fun things to do this week.
The show is divided into three sections highlighting the work of each artist
UAE's first-ever Carnvial-style festival, Butterfly Carnival Music Festival, is all set to take place in Dubai on 11 November 2023.
Sean Paul is all set to perform at Dubai's Coca-Cola Arena on 21 October. The Grammy-award-winning artist will be performing for one night only, and tickets are on sale now at Coca-Cola Arena's website.
This year's edition will run from 1 to 6 February
Get ready for a magnificent display!
Here's to an amazing weekend!
Journeys taken by taxis has grown to their highest level compared to previous years
To help you plan the best weekend, Discover Dubai has compiled a guide to the best things to do, ensuring you have an incredible weekend. Take a look and plan accordingly. 
Enjoy an amazing performance by the artist for Eid on 23 April at Coca-Cola Arena
Time to kick back and enjoy the weekend
The shows will be held on 6 and 7 May
Top things to do in Deira, Garhoud and Al Muteena.
Make your Dad feel his absolute best and show him how much you love and appreciate him!
Get ready for three amazing days of deliciousness and entertainment!
First weekend of May, time for fun!
The concert will be held on 4 March at Bla Bla Dubai
The IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships is running now until 20 June and is free to attend
Enjoy sales up to 90% off from 26 to 28 May
Last weekend of the month fun
The festive season will be celebrated till 2 January 2022
Sheyla Bonnick, a founding member of the iconic ‘70s band, is bringing the  ‘Boney M Experience’ to the UAE. The legendary artist will perform in Dubai on 6 October and Abu Dhabi on 7 October.
Dubai stands in line with cities like Paris, Milan, London and New York, so you can never be bored of this city. There are a million of things to see, try, and taste!
Exciting events to check out this weekend
Make October a fun month with these exciting events!
Dubai is hosting its inaugural Japan Culture Con, providing an authentic experience of Japanese culture in the heart of the emirate. Japan Culture Con will take place at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai from 10 to 12 November. 
Make the most of the weekend!
Spend the weekend the right way!
The June tour will see Liz Miele, Khaled Khalafalla and Scott Bennett perform
Time for some weekend fun
The season will run till 4 September
The event will be held on 27 February
The Coldplay concert will be held on 4 February, with the Queen showcase held on 3 and 4 March
Watch funnyman Robby Collins perform in Dubai on 7 July
Time for some festive fun throughout December!
The season will shine a light on the amazing creators from writers to artists
The concerts will be held at The Agenda, Media City
Make this May a special one with Disney Concerts!
Ladies and gentlemen, will you please stand because LOVERS, a tribute show to Taylor Swift, is making its way to Dubai in February 2024 at Theatre by QE2 in Port Rashid.
Famous British Indie pop band Bastille is all set to perform in Coca-Cola Arena on 1 November 2023. Tickets for the concert start from Dhs 199 and goes up to Dhs 350.
Check out these iconic events happening this month in the UAE!
Get ready for a show full of laughter!
Amazing events to enjoy the weekend
The 28th edition will run from 15 December to 29 January 2023
Indian comedian, actor and television host Kapil Sharma will perform at Coca-Cola Arena on 24 September
The Halloween celebration will run from 20 to 31 October
The event will be held at Times Square Center
The festival will be held from 15 December to 29 January 2023
The concert will be held on 17 October
Brilliant events to check out this weekend
Some last weekend of the month fun!
The long weekend is finally here!
The concert will be held on 27 November
The concert will be held on 6 October at Coca-Cola Arena
Dubai residents, brace yourselves for an electrifying December as global superstar Sean Paul and iconic rapper T.I. are ready to perform at Coca-Cola Arena on 30 December.
Time to have fun for the weekend
The ice show will be held on 6 and 7 January 2023 at Coca-Cola Arena
The exciting Cirque du Soleil experience will have 11 shows from 11 to 18 January 2023
Amazing festive markets to check out for all your winter needs!
The market will open to the public from 13 October
Amazing events around the UAE to have a brilliant time
Are you missing travelling and exploring new places? Even with us being confined to our homes, you can still keep discovering new places through complimentary virtual tours arranged by digital platform Google Arts and Culture.
The festival runs from 12 to 22 May
Dining, staycations and more for Mother's Day!
The concert will be held on 20 November
Get ready for an amazing laughter show!
Exciting events to definitely check out this week!
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