Dining in the U.A.E.

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
Categories of Restaurant
  • International restaurants
Emirates has numerous international restaurants.
  • Arabic restaurants
Specialities of Emirates and Middle East are generally served there.
  • Local foor stands
These stands offer shawermas (grilled minced meat sandwiches accompanied with tomato, pepper, onions and served in pittas), falafels (doughnuts of beans and chick peas served with aubergines). These stands are often located in cafes or one can smoke chichas (water pipes) while drinking tea or other non alcoholic drinks.
  • Fast food
All knowledge about fast food is presented in Emirates with a local inclination for KFC.
Rules For Eating Out
It is recommended to give a tip even if in general it is the service is billed (10% of the amount in Dubai, 16% in Abu Dhabi). The restaurants generally serve from 1200 hrs to 1500 hrs & then from 1900 hrs to 0000 hrs. Payment at the end of the meals

Price Indications

Economy Meal 4 to 5 EUR
Medium Price Meal 13.5 to 24 EUR
Good Quality Meal 55 EUR
Food Specialties
Specialities of the Middle East like the mezzes (assortment of salads and sauces in which the pitas are dipped), grilled meat specialities,matchoub (spicy lamb), mensaf (lamb dish served with a white cheese sauce and rice).
Consumption of alcohol is permitted for non Muslims in Emirates except in Sharjah. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during Muslim festivals as well as offering it to Muslims.
Dietary Restrictions
Pork is prohibited. Eating, drinking or smoking in public places during the month of Ramadan are not allowed. Muslims are not served in the restaurants and hotels during hours of fast.
Table Manners
People of Emirates eat with their right hand. Using left hand is considered bad.

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