Dubai Food Festival 2022: Try these home-grown Emirati restaurants

Dubai Food Festival 2022: Try these home-grown Emirati restaurants

With Dubai Food Festival 2022 just around the corner, we invite residents to explore the best Emirati restaurants in Dubai

Dubai Food Festival is a city-wide celebration of food offering a glimpse into the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of the Dubai food scene through its 5-star culinary concept and unique hidden gems, currently running until May 15 day.

Among the many spectacular dining destinations, there are countless native Emiratis-owned environments filled with impressively healthy, nutritious and mouthwatering menus. From restaurants that brought you back to the UAE in the 60s to contemporary food spots and more, you can pick from a list of some must-visit UAE restaurants and eateries in the city.

Al Fanar Restaurant and Cafe

Head to this place for a real authentic Emirati food. The setting of owner Hashem Al Marzouqi gives you a glimpse into what Dubai looked like in the 1960s, and his goal is to build a restaurant that will serve as a mini-museum where diners can visit and learn about Emirati culture.
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Al Jalboot Restaurant

Founded by owner Omar Salem, this upscale space combines fresh seafood and the hospitality that Dubai is known for in a nostalgic Emirati decor.
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Bait Bahar

Created by childhood friends Ahmed Al Hashimi (UAE) and Luke Sellwood (UK), this chic seaside venue features a mocktail bar, stunning waterfront views and fresh salads, sushi platters and more.
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Conceived by Emirati Ahmad Rashid and Lebanese business partner Samer Zayat, Logma is a one-stop destination for Emirati and Khaleeji cuisine.
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Shaikha Eissa Al Lutfi may have perfected her burger recipe in her own kitchen, but when word spread among loved ones how delicious they were, a homegrown business took off.
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Mai Shan 15

Founded by Emirati artist Rami Farook, Maisan 15 is not only a restaurant serving a range of dishes including lamb chops, crispy salmon tacos and beetroot eggs benedict, but also a gallery, library and a place for creatives to gather garden.
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Mama Valley Cafe

This modern and contemporary Emirati cafe is owned by siblings Omar and Maitha AlShamsi; and specialises in the much-loved Emirati dish Khameer.
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Mama Free

Co-founded by cousins ​​Rashed Belhoul and Saif Al Romaithi, Mamafri was born out of a shared passion for Asian cuisine. Now, this Dubai-born concept is known for its upscale Southeast Asian dining.
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Zoo canteen

A healthy restaurant founded by Hind Bin Dhaher and led by a team with a passion for nutrition, Menagerie Eatery is known for its delicious healthy food, serving dishes like salmon with cherry wood and buckwheat pancakes.
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Named “Best Restaurant in MENA 2022”, 3 Fils in Jumeirah fishing port was founded by UAE co-founders Abdulhakim and Adnan Ali, and Singapore-born chef Akmal Anuar is the brains behind the extensive menu.
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high joint

This famous “hole in the wall” burger joint in Al Manara started as a casual chat between three Emirati friends and has now morphed into a local establishment.
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Gloves and Trays

Known as the first Emirati woman to have her own restaurant, Amna Al Hashemi founded Mitts & Trays, where she blends traditional and contemporary styles to create high-quality cuisine in a homely way.
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From beachside food trucks to restaurant chains, Salt cafe was co-founded by Emiratis Amal Al Marri and Saudi Deem Al Bassam; and offers an irresistible menu including Wagyu beef sliders, chicken options and chips.
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Gossip Cafe and Dessert

Gossip Café was founded by Shayma Fawwaz in a stylish setting, serving glamorous artisanal cakes and desserts, as well as healthier options. Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
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Until May 15th.For more information on DFF events, please visit website or Instagram.

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