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Regional Information on United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates, Asia
Regional Notes - Events - Gatherings & Groups - Travel Information

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Visitor Notes:

Subject: 'Excellent Place for Vegetarians'
Posted by westcornersville on: Friday, March 14, 2008 at 07:05 PM PST
Like the person below commented, there are many pure-veg Indian restaurants, especially South Indian (but you'll find North Indian food as well). And, unlike the Western chain restaurants (which I'm proud to say I didn't patronize), the Indian restaurants are mostly very cheap--as in around US$3-5 for a meal, especially in Deira. Most importantly, most Indian food in Dubai tastes EXACTLY like it does in India. Lebanese/Arabic cuisine (veg-friendly) is common there too--in fact, some hotels will even have this in their buffet breakfast (the hotel I stayed at had a delicious vegetarian fava bean dish and a delicious mushroom dish in its buffet breakfast as well as olives, fresh tomatoes, etc.).

Subject: 'UAE'
Posted by The Veggie Cook on: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 01:52 PM PST
United Arab Emirates is an independent federation of 7 emirates (countries) with an estimate of 5 million inhabitants. The 7 countries are: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al-Khaima, Fujairah, and Umm Al-Qaywan. The captial is Abu Dhabi, the largest and most densely populated. Arabic is the official language while other languages are also spoken, including Persian, English, Hindi, and Urdu.

Subject: 'Vegetarian Food in the UAE and Dubai'
Posted by Guest on: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 01:41 AM PST
As Dubai becomes more international and upscale, it is possible to get a vegetarian dish in just about any restaurant (Lebanese and Middle-Eastern restaurants, in particular, often have an excellent variety of vegetarian mezze). However, those who wish to stick to vegetarian restaurants need not fear--as long as you like Indian (particularly South Indian) food. Saravana Bhavan, the international South Indian chain, serves high-quality fresh South Indian food at at least four locations in Dubai with additional locations in the other Emirates--and they deliver for free to all hotels! In addition, there are many other South Indian vegetarian restaurants. All of them are astoundingly inexpensive, and vegan food is readily available--they are really your best bet in Dubai and the UAE. These restaurants also serve some North Indian and Chinese (Indian-Chinese) vegetarian food.

There are many other South Indian vegetarian restaurants in the Karama area ("little India") and scattered throughout Dubai (Bur Dubai, Deira, etc.). Most of them advertise "100% pure vegetarian" or something of the sort prominently on the outside of the restaurant. Because over 50% of the population of Dubai is from the Indian Subcontinent, it should not be too difficult to find an Indian person (almost any taxi driver or hotel staff, for example) to ask where to get good vegetarian food.

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