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Ten To Try: Kunafa
Updated on 04 August 2023

Anyone in the UAE can vouch for kunafa being a very popular sweet dish found in the Middle East. 

Kunafa is made with two layers, cheese at the bottom which consists of cream, akkawi or nabulsi cheese, and semolina or shredded phyllo dough to make the top layer. The dish is served hot and is topped off with sugar syrup to give it its distinctive taste, along with either pistachios or hazelnuts.

The sweet treat originated in the city of Nablus in Palestine which to this day, is still known for the delicious dish, however now with multiple variations made around the Middle East.

If on the hunt to find this mouthwatering dessert around the UAE, then Discover Dubai has come up with some spots to definitely check out.

Al Samadi Sweets

Al Samadi Sweets, with three branches in the UAE, two in Dubai in Deira and Al Quasis Industrial Area 4 and one in Al Majaz in Sharjah, is a brilliant place to enjoy delicious Lebanese kunafa. The restaurant has been bringing amazing tastes of Arabic sweets to the UAE since 1872, and diners can tuck into options including kunafa in kaak which is the cheese pie served in a sesame bun, kunafa bil kishta made with semolina or kunafa nabulsia made with nabulsia cheese.


Al Baba Sweets

Located at Al Barsha and Al Wasl in Dubai, Al Baba Sweets is the place to enjoy mouthwatering kunafa. Made with semolina and cheese, the kunafa is available either per kilogram, by the plate or as a bun. The family-run business has been serving diners delicious sweets in Lebanon since 1950, before branching out to the UAE.


Firas Sweets

Firas Sweets, with three branches in Dubai in Al Diyafah, Al Warqa and Al Quasis, is a lovely chain that has been serving a delicious Arabic sweets since 1993. Delight in options including kunafa kheshneh cheese made with phyllo dough, kunafa naameh cheese which is made with semolina, kunafa bain narain which is a sandwich kunafa stuffed with either cream or cheese, and kunafa mabroomeh that are small kunafa rolls made with phyllo pastry and stuffed with cream.



Basbousa is a brilliant Arabic sweet shop to tuck into tasty kunafa. Enjoy bites of kunafa, as well as kunafa asabe which is cut into thin slices. There are three branches in the UAE, one in Al Barsha in Dubai, and two on Muroor Road and in Al Khalidiya in Abu Dhabi.


Wafi Gourmet

Bringing the taste of Lebanon with delicious sweets to the UAE, Wafi Gourmet has three Dubai branches on Oud Metha Road, and in Sunset Mall and The Dubai Mall. Operating since 2001, tuck into two different options of kunafa, one made with phyllo pastry and cheese, and the other called kunafa kashtal, made with semolina.


Sultan Saray

Sultan Saray on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai and at Ajman Beach in Ajman, is a great restaurant to enjoy tasty kunafa. The restaurant serves authentic Turkish cuisine and diners can delight in choices including cheese kunafa, kunafa stuffed with pistachios and kunafa topped with ice cream.


Aroos Damascus

Aroos Damascus is a spot to check out for great kunafa. Tuck into delicious kunafa, with two options, one made with cream cheese and the other with string cheese. The restaurant specialises in Syrian food and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Aroos Damascus has three branches around the UAE, two branches in Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road and in Deira, and one branch at Al Qasimia in Sharjah,


Qwaider Al Nabulsi

Looking for a spot to delight in delicious kunafa and Arabic sweets? Qwaider Al Nabulsi is the place to visit. Opt between tasty kunafa bites made with phyllo pastry with cheese, and kunafa nabulsia served with nabulsia cheese. There are three branches in Abu Dhabi in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Al Nahyan and Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street in Al Ain and one in Dubai in Deira.


Feras Hanoun Sweets

Feras Hanoun Sweets is an amazing place to tuck into mouthwatering kunafa. The restaurant has been open since 1984 and offers dessert lovers a variety of kunafa options to choose from including kunafa naama cheese made with semolina, kunafa ben naren cheese served with phyllo pastry, kunafa in kaak made with sesame bread, and kunafa with ice cream. The restaurant has nine branches in Dubai, four in Sharjah and Ajman, two in Ras Al Khaimah, one in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.



Nablus at Al Seef is a great place to enjoy kunafa, inspired by the city where the dish originated in Palestine. The restaurant serves authentic dishes from Palestine and has a rustic look, that transports diners to the streets of Nablus. The nablusi kunafa is a must-try, made with cheese and phyllo pastry, reminiscent of the dish where the sweet treat was created.


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The song will be played from 25 to 27 March at 8pm
Get ready, Dubai! Brace yourselves for another incredible performance as Tom Grennan, the chart-topping, multi-BRIT Award nominee, is set to take the stage at The Agenda in Dubai Media City on 24 May, 2024.
Dhai Dubai invites visitors to experience seven light art installations that reflect the diverse narratives and creative expressions of the city. Running from 26 January to 4 February, 2024, the festival promises an engaging program suitable for all.
Worthwhile events to enjoy this weekend
Great events for the weekend
Enjoy live performances, dining, music and more
Spend the weekend with amazing activities around Dubai!
The event is held from 7 to 17 July
Things to check out this weekend
The event will run from 9 to 13 March
Discover Dubai has curated the ultimate weekend guide, ensuring you experience the best of entertainment and excitement in the Emirates. 
The concert will be held on 11 March 2023
And you won't be disappointed.
Marvel enthusiasts, brace yourselves for the ultimate experience! You are in for a treat with an extraordinary opportunity to dive into the Marvel Universe like never before
The concert will be held on 30 September
Events to check out in Dubai this weekend
The concert will be held at the Coca Cola Arena on 26 August
Enjoy a great hub for all things gaming and comics in one place
The annual summer shopping event will run from 1 July to 4 September
Make this festive season a special one with Al Habtoor City Hotel Collection
The concert will be held at Coca-Cola Arena
The concert will be held for two nights on 30 September and 1 October at Queen Elizabeth II Theatre
The one and only Busta Rhymes, the legendary American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer, is set to take the stage as the headliner on Sunday, 10 December.
Dubai is gearing up for a star-studded night as the American pop-rock sensation, OneRepublic, is set to grace the stage at Bla Bla in JBR on Thursday, 25 January.
Enjoy endless fun throughout the summer at Dubai Summer Surprises
Attention foodies! Get ready for a delectable weekend since the much-awaited Taste of Dubai food festival is back this weekend! From Friday, 23 February to Sunday, 25 February, indulge in a culinary extravaganza at Skydive Dubai.
The event will run from 31 March to 9 April at Sound Stages, Dubai Studio City with up to 90% off on various books
Enjoy amazing dining options and live music sessions and performances!
The event will be held on 20 May at Zero Gravity
Time for some laughs with the Laughter Factory!
Exciting events taking place around Dubai!
From thrill seekers to theatre lovers, there is something for everyone this weekend!
Roxy Cinema has announced a Saturday brunch, inviting cinemagoers to indulge in delicious treats while watching their favourite movies.
Make the most the amazing events happening around Dubai
The singer will perform on 21 December at 8pm
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.
Time to break out the fun shoes for this weekend!
DSS is returning for over nine weeks of amazing sales and entertainment
Delight in amazing dishes this week!
The festival will be held till 16 October
Central Cee and Jorja Smith will headline at the event
The event will be held from 21 to 25 June at Expo City Dubai
Sit back and enjoy watching Esther Manito, Julian Deane, Tabarak and Imah perform
Amazing events to make this weekend one to remember
The concert will be held at Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium on 22 October
Anuv Jain, India’s buzziest Indie-pop sensation known for his back-to-back successful singles, is all set to take centre stage in Dubai on 3 February 2024. 
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. 
The September Selfdrive Laughter Factory Tour features Dane Baptiste, Karen Rontowski and Jack Gleadow
Tiësto, Ne-Yo, Armin van Buuren and more are set to perform!
Top things to do in Downtown Dubai, DIFC, Business Bay, Al Meydan and Dubai Design District
The event will be held on 24 November
Watch amazing fountain shows with the stunning Dubai skyline
Now that Iris Dubai will be moving back to its Meydan location tonight, 5 October, we can tell you for sure that you wouldn’t be running out of things to do anytime soon.
If you want to make the most of your weekends in the emirate by enjoying events, live shows and more, Discover Dubai has got you covered with the ultimate weekend guide.
The event will be held from 29 October to 27 November
Top things to do in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Emirates Living, Jebel Ali, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
The show ill be held on 5 May at 2pm at Galeries Lafayette Atrium
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.
The lineup for the August Selfdrive Laughter Factory will feature Ryan Cullen, Karen Bayley and Nick Page
The show will be held on 3 October at Coca-Cola Arena
The Coldplay concert will be held on 4 February, with the Queen showcase held on 3 and 4 March
Dubai-ites, brace yourselves; the emirate is all set to get its first-ever Dhai Dubai light art festival at Expo City Dubai. Yep, you read that right! The Dhai Dubai Light Art Festival will illuminate Al Wasl Plaza from 26 January to 4 February.
On 11 November, Saturday, the remarkable Kevin De Vries will be taking the stage for an extraordinary performance at Terra Solis by Tomorrowland.
Discover Dubai speaks to Sharleen Spiteri, on performing in Dubai and her career with Texas
Top things to do in Bur Dubai, Karama, Al Mankhool, Al Jaddaf and Oud Metha
The new season will offer new attractions, shows, shopping offers and food concepts
Get ready for an exciting and eventful weekend!
The weekend is around the corner, and with Dubai being the hub for everything fun, hip and happening, if you are looking to attend concerts, shows and events in the emirate, Discover Dubai is back with its ultimate weekend guide.
The festival will be held on 9 and 10 September
Great events to enjoy this weekend!
Time for some weekend fun
Fun events to check out this weekend!
Marvel in stunning fireworks this Eid Al Fitr
Brilliant events to check out this weekend
With new offerings, immersive experiences and attractions, Dubai knows how to keep its visitors and residents entertained. And now, to add more to the entertainment, Dubai gets one-of-a-kind live-action go-karting experience.
The festival runs from 12 to 22 May
The event will be held from 16 to 18 December
The show will be held on 3 September at the Coca Cola Arena
The festival will run from 12 to 21 May around Dubai
The show will feature live entertainment, aerialists and special effects and lighting
Exciting events to be a part of this month!
Fun events to do in Dubai!
Let the weekend fun begin!
Make this long weekend a fun one!
The silver anniversary June tour has an amazing line up
Dubai’s longest-running comedy night has announced a new lineup for October with three international acts taking the stage at different venues across the city. 
The long weekend is finally here!
Make this May a special one with Disney Concerts!
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 American rock band KISS will perform as part of their final 'End of the Road' world tour on 13 October at Coca-Cola Arena
Take a look at some of the different staycations you can try in Dubai and across the UAE.
Watch performances from the boyband BTS and experience Parasite live
Get ready for an amazing tour this July with Adam Bloom, Red Richardson and Michael Fabbri
Make July a brilliant one to remember with activations galore
If you're looking to kick off the new year by attending exciting events, Discover Dubai has you covered with its ultimate guide.
The lightsaber will be on display till 31 March at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
If you're looking to make the most of the upcoming weekend, Discover Dubai has you covered with the ultimate guide to all the events happening in the Emirate. 
Winter has begun, and with the onset of winter, Dubai’s most loved open-air VOX cinema is back with a cool new look! Now called Vox Moonlight, it's on the rooftop of Galleria Mall on Al Wasl Road, where all the action is happening.
Dubai is gearing up to bring in the Year of the Dragon with a dynamic array of events, activities, and retail promotions organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.
The packages are aimed at children of all ages.
The show is divided into three sections highlighting the work of each artist
Get a chance to win free tickets on purchase of the 330ml Coca Cola special edition cans
Amazing events around the UAE to have a brilliant time
The concert will be held on 17 October
Time for endless weekend fun!
Comedian to make his Dubai debut in March.
Indian singer Neha Kakkar is making her way to Dubai for a one night only concert on 22 October at Coa-Cola Arena
The artist will perform on 3 December
Time for a break and some fun this weekend
The concert will be held on 4 November at Coca-Cola Arena
Get ready for 10 days of non-stop laughter
Cityland Mall, the world's first nature-inspired family-friendly shopping spot, has teamed up with Spacetoon, a top family content provider in the Arab region, to bring you the Cityland Dubai Toy Festival.
Last weekend of the month fun
The LOADED live concert at The Irish Village in Al Garhoud will see performances from Dodgy, Toploader, Stereo MC and Fun Lovin' Criminals on 4 November
The final run will be held on 26 March
The season will run till 4 September
Spend the weekend the right way!
Exciting events to definitely check out this week!
The event will be held on 14 October at City Walk
Discover Dubai has put together the ultimate weekend guide so you can make the most of every moment in Dubai. 
Dubai residents, gear up for an exhilarating run as the Bubble Run is set to make a vibrant return in January 2024, this time at Expo City.
With a 6 day holiday you have time to enjoy a well-deserved break
The concert will be held at the Coca Cola Arena on 28 October
Brilliant events that are sure to make the month a fun one for all!
The show will be held on 30 October
Make this weekend a fun one with these amazing events
Fun activities to try over the weekend
Dave Crane is coming back to Dubai with his iconic 'The Dave Crane Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show' on board the iconic QE2, located in Port Rashid. Tickets start from Dhs 99.
The dates for Dubai's iconic Madinat Jumeirah festive market are finally out. The market will make a comeback from 15 December to 7 January 2024. Located on Madinat Jumeirah Fort Island, the festive market will be spread across 1,750 sqm.
Some last weekend of the month fun!
One of the biggest and most popular Sufi singers in Pakistan and globally, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, is set to perform in Dubai on Friday, 29 December 2023 at Coca-Cola Arena.
The race will be held on 16 July and 20 August and offers a 2.5km and 5km course
Special shows will be held at Dubai Festival City at 7.30pm and 8.30pm with the Russian flag on display at 9.30pm
From laughter shows, concerts and more, there is something for all to enjoy!
Make the most of the amazing National Day weekend
Top things to do in Deira, Garhoud and Al Muteena.
Where to find free sweet treats and outings to celebrate birthdays
As December unfolds, winter and festive cheer have officially descended upon Dubai. To ensure you fully embrace this joyful holiday season, the Theatre of Digital Art in Souk Madinat Jumeirah is presenting Dubai's first-ever 5D show.
Here's to an amazing weekend!
The exhibition will run till 30 November
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.
Enjoy sales up to 90% off from 26 to 28 May
If you're gearing up for the weekend and looking for exciting activities, events, or concerts to attend in the Emirates, you're in luck. Discover Dubai has compiled the ultimate guide for you.
Art lovers, we have BIG news for you. All the way from Seoul, South Korea, Arte Museum has now made its way to Dubai in Dubai Mall, marking its first venture in the Middle East.
Pet parents, get ready to paw-rty with your furry babies, since the much-awaited dog-friendly 'Feastival' is making a comeback for its spring edition on 9 March.
Events to enjoy yourself this weekend!
Get ready for three amazing days of deliciousness and entertainment!
Activities to make the weekend worthwhile!
No plans? We've got you covered!
The event will be held at Times Square Center
Create some great memories for New Year's
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the biggest celebration of stories and ideas in the region, is set to come back from 31 January to 6 February 2024 at the Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City.
Indian comedian, actor and television host Kapil Sharma will perform at Coca-Cola Arena on 24 September
Activities to check out this weekend
Amazing activities to do over the weekend!
Time to get up to some fun this new year!
The tournament will be held from 8 to 16 December
If you're looking for exciting activities this November, here's a list of must-attend concerts and events in the UAE.
Art lovers, get ready to celebrate art in Dubai since the iconic Art Dubai is coming back for its 17th edition on 1 March. It will be held at Madinat Jumeirah and feature new commissions and premières by internationally recognised artists.
Bollywood actor and singer Farhan Akhtar will perform on 1 September at Coca-Cola Arena
Amazing things to make this weekend one to remember!
Mums can now enjoy the ultimate relaxation with or without the children at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Go from Fri-boo to Fri-yay!
The Noise Next Door comedy troupe is coming to Dubai on the 28 and 29 January.
Amazing festive markets to check out for all your winter needs!
Dubai-ites, get ready to party, sing and dance as the most anticipated musical event, UNTOLD Music Festival, is making its Middle East debut at Expo City Dubai from 15 to 18 February, 2024
Amazing events to make this weekend a fun one!
Exciting events to check out this weekend!
Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest theme park destination in the Middle East, has exciting holiday experiences, including a new festive laser show, events, workshops, live shows, parades, and, of course, thrilling rides.
Get ready for unlimited fun!
Brilliant events to check out this weekend
Delight in a great show with comedians, Paul McCaffrey, Joe Larson and Meghan Hanley
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. 
Top things to do in Jumeirah 1,2,3, Beach Road, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim, Al Sufouh, Palm Jumeirah
Watch Blue, Boyzlife and Five perform on 13 October at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Exciting events happening this weekend!
Amazing activities to enjoy this weekend!
Elrow Dubai XXL has officially announced the headline act of the event. Yep, you read that right! Iconic DJ Fisher, known for his stage presence and infectious beats, is all set to headline the event. 
Dubai-ites get ready to dance 'Gangnam Style' as the South Korean sensation and K-pop idol PSY is all set to perform in at the UNTOLD Dubai festival.
Enjoy an amazing performance by the artist for Eid on 23 April at Coca-Cola Arena
The five shows will be held from 5 to 7 May at the Coca-Cola Arena
The event will be held on 4 November
The championships will be held from 18 to 28 October
First weekend of May, time for fun!
Get ready for an exciting long weekend because Dubai has thrilling events, activities, concerts, musicals, and more to ensure you're thoroughly entertained.
Watch comedians Andrew Ryan, Liam Withnail and Radu Isac perform!
The event will be held on 20 April at Pure White at Dubai Harbour
Dubai's Miracle Garden, the world's largest natural flower garden, returns for its 12th season, featuring breathtaking displays of over 150 million natural flowers from more than 120 varieties.
The market will open to the public from 13 October
Unmissable events in Dubai!
The festival will be held from 12 to 22 May
Get grooving with the amazing West Side Story musical!
The venue will be open from 8am to 1am during Ramadan
The concert will be held on 27 November
A1 and 911, popular boybands from the 90s, will perform on 22 September at The Agenda, Dubai Media City
The event will run from 27 to 29 May
UNTOLD Dubai, the four-day festival will be held in February 2024 at Expo City Dubai
The UNTOLD music festival has kicked off its Middle East debut at Expo City in Dubai, marking a historic moment for the city. Running for four days until 18 February, the first day witnessed over 40,000 music enthusiasts gathering at the venue.
Eventful things happening over the next seven days
Dubai-ites get ready to laugh out loud as renowned American comedian and actor Kevin Hart is all set to take over Dubai for one night only at Coca-Cola Arena on 4 March 2024.
Things to check out this weekend!
Things to do this weekend when bored!
F.A.M.E., the annual event for people of determination will be held on 25 June at Dubai World Trade Centre
The event will run on 26 February at Media Rotana Hotel in Barsha Heights
Emaar has revealed that for this year's Emaar NYE 2024, you now have the option to buy a ticket for an exclusive viewing location, eliminating concerns about dealing with the crowd or the need to rush to secure your spot.
Fun events for the weekend!
Kylie previously performed at the resort's grand opening in 2008
The four-day international motion picture gala, META Film Fest, is all set to return for its second edition in Dubai from 9 to 12 November. The four-day fest will take place at VOX Cinemas, Wafi City.
Mini golf at Mini World is offering a free game until Tuesday, 7 November. The 18-hole mini-golf course provides adventure and fun for individuals of all ages.
Enjoy a funny show this month!
With new offerings, immersive experiences and attractions, Dubai knows how to keep its visitors and residents entertained. And now, to add more to the entertainment, Dubai gets one-of-a-kind live-action go-karting experience.
Things you can do for New Year's Eve.
The sale will now run a week later from 7 to 16 April
Multi-platinum selling global superstar Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019, is all set to make his Dubai debut with an electrifying performance at Coca-Cola Arena on Friday, 27 October.
Known for hosting some of the most extravagant celebrations worldwide, and after following its successful 2023 edition, Elrow Dubai XXL is gearing up to dominate the Middle East once again in 2024.
Delight in a brilliant electronic dance music lineup of Don Diablo, Yellow Claw, Aly & Fila, VINAI, DubVision and DJ Pink Panda
Enjoy an amazing performance by Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle 8 September at Coca-Cola Arena
Maroon 5, the Grammy-winning band will grace the stage in Dubai this November. The band will deliver an outstanding performance at the upcoming Dubai Airshow during Dubai Airports' Gala Dinner.
The renowned American rapper and singer Denzel Curry will perform on 12 October at Bla Bla Dubai
To honour the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment has introduced a variety of thrilling events, entertaining attractions, and retail specials happening throughout the city this week. 
The Butterfly Carnival Music Festival will be held on 11 November at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
The concert will be held on 23 December at Sheikh Rashid Hall at Dubai World Trade Centre
Get excited for festive fun!
Weekends are always great for some fun!
Delight in up to 50% to 80% off discounts on books for 10 days
Use this weekend as a warm up to the long holidays
Dubai's ultimate Drum N Bass Night, Project 174 by MAC Global, is gearing up for an exciting night on 6 October, starting at 8pm at the P7 Arena, Media One Hotel.
Fun activities for the last week of the month!
A free yoga event will be held on Wednesday, 21 June at Danube Sports World for International Yoga Day
Tine to kick of the three day weekend with some fun!
After a successful relaunch last year, Taste of Dubai is returning in February and will be held for the first time at Skydive Dubai.
The award winning comedian is appearing for one night only on 25 March
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.
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