If you’re visiting Dubai, or if you plan on moving there, you may wonder about the food. If you have any dietary restrictions or medical conditions, you may be worried that you won’t find much that you can eat.
Worse, you might be afraid there’s nothing widely available in Dubai that you will like. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and many grocery stores offer a range of basic foods and ingredients you can use to make many of your favorite dishes.
Here are some of the things to keep in mind when you’re grocery shopping and planning your best food in Dubai.
Don’t Look for Pork
Islam is the dominate religion in Dubai, and as such, you won’t find a lot of pork products. You may find some in supermarkets located in areas of the city that are mainly inhabited by expatriates, but very few restaurants will have any pork dish on the menu.
If you do find pork, it’s likely to be fairly expensive. You may be better off accepting the fact that bacon and sausage won’t be on your menu very often.
There’s a Variety of Dishes
On the other hand, you may not miss pork that much once you start learning about the cuisine of Dubai.
The city is something of a melting pot of different types of food. The two predominant cuisines you’ll find in Dubai are Middle Eastern and Asian, but all of the dishes have a unique spin on them.
You’ll find Chinese, Japanese, North Korean, Indian, and many other foods here, and grocery stores offer the spices and ingredients to make them all yourself.
The Food is Healthy
While people in Dubai do love their share of junk food, you’ll find that many ingredients are fairly healthy and don’t contain nearly as many preservatives as foods found in the U.S.
Finding organic food in Dubai is easy and priced very affordably. You can even purchase your healthy foods online and have them delivered right to your doorstep, so you don’t have to go out in search of them.
People Love Their Spices
After eating in a few restaurants, you’re likely to realize that a lot of food in Dubai is spicy, and many dishes contain things like hot chilies.
When you’re cooking at home, that’s not a problem since you can leave out the spices, but if you have native Dubai residents over for dinner, be aware they may find the dishes you’re cooking to be fairly bland.
It’s Not That Different
Overall, food in Dubai isn’t that different from what you’re used to. Grocery stores and online grocery services carry chicken, spinach, cucumbers, and many other foods that you’re familiar with and that taste the same.
You don’t have to worry about trying to learn how to cook with new and different foods or with spices that are completely unfamiliar to you.
Of course, once you get settled in and become comfortable with the ingredients available to you, you can always experiment and learn how to cook some local specialties.