Local cuisine is famous for its inimitable meat dishes, and lamb meat remains the most popular choice in the region. Lamb meat is also present in Biryani, a traditional local food that looks somewhat like a pilaf. However, rice for Biryani is cooked separately. During the cooking process, such ingredients as rice, pistachios, and different spices are added to the rice. The rice is then put onto plates and decorated with pieces of roasted lamb. There are different variations of this popular dish, for example, Biryani with chicken and even with fish.
Jumeirah restaurants also offer original Meze snacks. As a rule, Meze sets include hummus, small pies with various fillings, pickled vegetables, and meat delicacies. When Meze is served, the whole table becomes covered with small plates and bowls with dozens of various appetizers. Meze is so nutritious that many tourists may find it surprising that such diverse and hearty appetizers are served before the main dish.
Perhaps, Al Harees is one of the most interesting and unusual dishes in the national cuisine. It contains wheat and different meat. Wheat with meat is stewed in an oven for more than 10 hours. As a rule, Al Harees is cooked all night long. The ready dish is sprinkled with melted butter before serving. As a rule, Al Harees is always present on festive tables during important holidays. It is also a typical dish for weddings.