From east to west, Dubai has everything best! Dubai is well known for its majestic deserts, towering skyscrapers and marvellous architecture. However, surpassing all this exoticness, there are some traditional sweets that will leave you drooling. Is your sweet tooth acting up? Are you looking for some sweet dose(s)? Well, we’ve put together a list of devouring UAE traditional sweets that you should try if you haven’t yet. Even a single bite of them will have you craving more. So, without further ado, let’s get into the deets.
Luqaimat translates to ‘bite-sized’ in Arabic and traces back to the streets of Qatar. These delicious, brown and deep-fried dumplings taste out of this world. Luqaimat is made up of flour, sugar, milk, butter, dry yeast, wrapped in date syrup and garnished with date molasses & sesame seeds. The dish is a part of the traditional Iftar table and a must-have during Ramadan.
How do you feel the taste of honey strands melting in your mouth just like butter? Heavenly right! Baklava is a crispy and tender sweet treat that rings a party in your mouth. This popular dish is said to have originated during the Ottoman empire and is widely consumed in several parts of Europe. It is undoubtedly the most famous and preferred Dubai sweets, best served with chopped nuts, raisins, and syrup.
Also known as Kanafeh, Knafeh, Kanafa or Konafi, Kunafa is a deliciously-rich cheesy pastry where the prime ingredient is vermicelli. It comes all soaked in sugar syrup and is a treat for those with sweet teeth. Moreover, Kunafa is considered no less than a royal dessert and is best enjoyed primarily during Ramadan. There are various famous online sweet shops that deliver this famous Arabic sweet in Dubai anytime, anywhere.
Translated to ‘Ali’s Mother’, Umm Ali is a lip-smacking creamy pudding that comes from the heart of Arabia. The sweet and creamy treat is also a common sight during the holidays, especially after Iftar meals. Some people best enjoy it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. All in all, Umm Ali is a dish that should be on your list of UAE traditional sweets.
While the people residing in the UK have cookies, the locals of the UAE relish Maamoul. It is counted among the most delicious Arabic sweets every sweet lover must try. Maamoul is a little piece of shortbread prepared with dates, figs, pistachios, walnuts and many such dried fruits. Moreover, the dish is relatively easy to prepare as well as easy to consume since it is bite-sized. This utterly butterly delicious treat is commonly served with tea and coffee.
Chebab is an Emirati pancake that is served with cheese and honey. It is among the delicious Arabic sweets every sweet lover must try. This sweet version of pancake is quite a hit among people of all age groups. The preparatory method involves combining the batter of classic pancake (flour, sugar and eggs) with a generous amount of turmeric, saffron and cardamom. Just a few flips (until reddish brown texture) and you can enjoy these fluffy, crispy and golden delights.
Our list of traditional sweets of Dubai is not just limited to the country but we also have an amazing sweet from India that the Arabs are crazy for. One such dish is Rice Pudding. Also known as Roz Bel Laban, Rice pudding is a traditional Indian sweet in Dubai that finds itself sitting on every occasion. This luscious porridge consists of rice, cream, sugar, milk & nuts and is served both hot and cold.
Altogether, all these UAE Traditional Sweets are too good to resist. These delicious bites of heaven can easily overwhelm anyone’s palette. Once you get a hang of them, there is no turning back. Try them out today!