6 street food gems to pick up before Global Village in Dubai closes for the season
- 10 April 2019
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Whether you call the UAE home or are here on a stopover, Dubai’s Global Village is a must-visit during the winter months. As the name suggests, the outdoor venue hosts a whole variety of pavilions, 27 in total, selling products from around the world. For example, you could pick up a bargain carpet from Iran, premium date honey from Saudi Arabia, and authentic football La Liga merchandise from Spain.
But that’s not all; in addition to all the special markets and a fun fair, Global Village is known for its incredible range of street food, with vendors coming in from countries far and near to sell their tasty treats.
This year, due to popular demand, the park has announced that it is extending its season by an extra week, meaning that it is now on until April 13, 2019.
“Our partners have welcomed the extension, as it gives them the opportunity to further benefit from the season’s success,” said Bader Anwahi, CEO of Global Village.
To get the full experience, we recommend heading there early in the evening. Remember to keep a few hours free so you can sample as many things as possible.
We headed there recently and dug into some great global grub. Here are our favourites.
Need a pick-me-up before you kick off your food excursion? Go for a creamy F3 Coffee. The Emirati cult favourite (and Insta-genic bottle) is a sweet, milky concoction of cold coffee, and while the price is a little steep (AED 30), it’s worth the caffeine hit.
This is probably not for you if you’re watching your sugar intake though. The stuff is SWEET.
HUNGRY SNAPER TACOS
You can trust Global Village to feature some unusual creations, and this is certainly one of them. Inspired by social media, the Hungry Snaper is a UAE fast-food concept that does tacos, quesadillas, burgers and pastas.
It gained traction after UAE football pro Omar Abdulrahman was spotted at its truck.
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What’s so different about Bosnian Kebab, we hear you ask? Well, compared to other types of grill, we loved the juiciness of the meat and the accompaniment of its sweet tomato sauce within the pita.
The queues are long at the stand, but you’re guaranteed a fresh sandwich. And it is glorious! We found a kid’s portion of bread and four pieces of kebab (AED 25), as opposed to the adult seven-piece portion (AED 30), more than enough.
Fan of cheesy puffs? Well, have you ever tried one big, long cheesy puff? If you have, your dreams are about to come true.
Head to the Japanese pavilion to pick up some Umaibo, a Japanese corn snack (AED 25 for 30 pieces) popular with kids and grownups. It’s a nice, crunchy, salty snack that hits the spot, and best of all, it’s low in carbs and calories!
Another awesome Japanese find is this pillowy-soft cheesecake. It is half sponge, half cheesecake, and is less sweet than a traditional Western cheesecake. Find it along the main walk in Global Village.
CHEBAB & KHAMEER
And finally, what’s a trip to Global Village without a sample of some Emirati street food? Humyum is a great place to start, where you can order fresh doughy items such as a chebab, an Emirati pancake drizzled with date syrup. Order it with cream cheese for an extra burst of flavour.
Khameer is a flatbread with a slight sweet hint and including cumin; you can order it with a range of fillings, including chips, chicken, or even chocolate spread.
(Writing by Ahmed Sherif; Editing by Seban Scaria firstname.lastname@example.org)
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