【Dubai】Very Rare Emirati Cuisine Place, “Al Fanar”


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Dubai is awash with international restaurants, such as British, Japanese or Lebanon cuisine.

On the other hands, you hardly find Emirati Cuisine, because they are usually eaten at home not outside. However, how can we leave the country without having an authentic local foods there?

To solve this problem, Al Fanar was opened few years ago, and it offers authentic Emirati Cuisine with very peculiar atmosphere.

Al Fanar lets you experience Emirati culture and take you to the journey of the time slip.

Emirati Cuisine is getting disappearing and almost only grandma generations know how to cook them. But Al Fanar has succeeded to revive traditional Emirati cuisine.

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The Decor As If a Museum

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Al Fanar is 1960’s Dubai-themed restaurant and it looks a small Bedouin village.

The wall made of coral stones and mud, grilled wooden windows and vaulted wooden doors perfectly represent the Bedouin home.

In front of the home, there are a Bedouin tendering his flock of camel and goats, a donkey, an old Land Rover welcoming you. Because of all these decors,  Al Fanar looks a museum more than a restaurant.

More life in Dubai Inside

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When you walk in inside, there are more interesting scenes spreading to see.

First you will find small cafe, where you can enjoy Arabic tea and coffee, and the roofed souk, where uod, bukhoor, saffron, spices and sweets are sold.

After walking through the entrance area, the restaurant and Arabian courtyard are waiting for you. Some life-size models are dotted here as well and tell you the daily life in the old Dubai.

You may opt for either the wooden tables inside or majlis-style tents outside, where locals enjoy their feasts with taking off their shoes. Nice breeze is coming in and camels are standing just next to you.

All interior are traditional materials, rustic lamps are hanging on the ceiling, a large Sidr tree gives you the shade against an open sky, and the staff wears traditional clothes. Every elements are perfectly taken care of and nothing is missing here to take you to the time travel to 1960’s in Dubai.

What is Emirati Cuisine?

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Most Emirati Cuisine has meat, fish and rice as a main ingredients because of the desert condition.

Emirati Cuisine is cooked in a single pot and stew-style dishes are common. Saffron, cardamom, turmeric and thyme are the core flavors and soften the flavor of lamb and mutton.

Signature Menus

Here are some Signature Menu Al Fanar emphasizes on.

1)Lentil Soup

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Lentil Soup is also popular in Dubai same as other Middle Eastern countries. This creamy soup is for everyone,

2)Beryani Robyan

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Beryani Robyan is the mix of rice, onion and coriander served with shrimp. You may opt for mutton, chicken and fish version as well.

3)Machboos Deyay

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This is a chicken cooked with yellow rice simmered in chicken stock with special Arabic spices and dry lemon.


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


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This is a deep fried fish roe. There are numerous eggs inside of the skin. The looking is not good but the texture is interesting.

The Desserts and a Great Service At the End of Your Meal


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The main ingredients used to prepare Emirati desserts are dates, saffron and cardamom.

Legaimat is crisp fried dough balls coated with dates syrup, which seems most popular dessert.

Khanfaroush, Emirati-style doughnuts, and Cake Al Tamour, caramel cake topped with almond slices are also recommended.

After you finish your meal, the Rose Water is served to cleanse the hands, which is a great service.

Restaurant Details

【Address】Ground Floor, Dubai Festival City Mall, Near P.F.Chang’s, Canal Walk – Dubai
【TEL】+971 4 232 9966
【Opening Hours】8:00 – 23:30
【Official Website】http://alfanarrestaurant.com/en/