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With an ambience of Dubai in the 1960’s, and with the taste of Authentic Emirati Cuisine, AL FANAR RESTAURANT and CAFÉ will revive the memories of Dubai when it was a small town on the shore of the Arabian Gulf at an idyllic spot close to the creek-with rows of wind towers surrounded by Al Badia oasis, with tents and barasti huts where fishermen, pearl merchants and Bedouins lived.

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Signature Dishes


Deep Fried Fish Roe

Beryani Robyan

Shrimp served with mix of rice, onion and coriander

Machboos Deyay

Chicken cooked with yellow rice simmered in chicken stock with special Arabic spices and dry lemon


Crumbled baby shark cooked with onion and mixed Arabic spices served with side white rice


Golden crisp fried dough balls coated with dates syrup

All Day Breakfast

Breakfast in the UAE usually features breads like Raqaq, Khameer, and Chebab, served with cheese, date syrup or eggs.

Main Dish

Due to harsh desert conditions, the traditional Emirati food uses a lot of meat, grain and dairy. Meat, fish and rice are the main foods of the Emirati cuisine. Usually lamb and mutton are the more favored meats, than beef. Emirati cuisine is a reflection of a great Arabian heritage and vast exposure to civilizations over time. The dishes are usually like stews as everything is often cooked in a single pot. Saffron, cardamom, turmeric and thyme are the core flavors used in Emirati cookery.


Dates, Saffron and Cardamom are the main ingredients used to prepare Emirati sweets.


Foreigners may notice that sometimes Emirati men greet each other by touching their noses to one another. This is the traditional way of greeting among Emirati men, which usually takes place between Emiratis only.

However, the mainstream greeting in the UAE is the handshake. If you are a man who is introduced to an Arab woman, it’s advisable not to shake hands with her unless she extends her hand for a handshake; this also applies for a woman meeting a man.

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