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Food & Drink

Take a bite out of Dubai’s best shawarmas

Thu, June 3, 2021

Slivers of spiced meat wrapped in fresh bread with pickles, tangy sauce and sometimes French fries – the shawarma is a comfort classic you can't miss in Dubai.

Slivers of spiced meat wrapped in fresh bread with pickles, tangy sauce and sometimes French fries – the shawarma is a comfort classic you can't miss in Dubai.


Al Mallah

One of the city’s long-standing Lebanese joints, Al Mallah offers the ultimate street food experience in Satwa. From its humble beginnings as a juice stand in the 1970s to a cafeteria thronged by tourists and residents alike, there’s plenty to munch on at this authentic eatery. While you’re there, ordering one (or two!) shawarma is a must. Tender spiced meat slathered with garlic paste and tangy pickles within the bread, both the chicken and meat shawarmas are great to try.


Allo Beirut

A relatively newer spot on the block, Allo Beirut has a menu that covers all the bases for your Levantine dish cravings. But their shawarmas are undoubtedly one of the stars of the show. Whether you go for the beef or chicken shawarma, you won’t be disappointed. The only choice you must make is between saj bread or toasted Arabic bread, and dig in. Plus, the restaurant helpfully offers their meaty delights in a regular and large size for you to pick from.


Aroos Damascus

A veritable institution of Dubai’s dining scene, Aroos Damascus is a Syrian restaurant that, in addition to its delectable mezzes and grills, also churns out some of the most popular shawarmas in town. One bite of the juicy meat shawarma and it’s easy to see why this spot is filled with throngs of customers on both levels of the restaurant and the outdoor seating. Check out the chicken shawarma as well; slathered in toum (garlic paste), it’s one of our favourites.



Al Safadi

This casual Lebanese eatery sports shawarma dishes as its signature dish, so you can’t go wrong with this choice. While it has its roots in Deira, the brand has recently opened up a spot at The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah, overlooking the Palm Fountain – so settle in for a show and some deliciously grilled meats in its shawarma wraps.



The neon signs alert you that you’re at the well-known Levantine street food gem, Zaroob. Whether you opt for the wrap or the platter, you are assured of a lip-smacking experience. What’s the best part? Zaroob is open 24/7, which means no matter what the time, you’ll get the shawarma that’ll satisfy your cravings.




Another old-school Dubai offering, Automatic has been in business since 1977 and its original location in Deira has been serving customers a variety of Lebanese food even as it opened up a number of branches across the city. Automatic’s chicken and lamb shawarmas are arguably some of the best in Dubai – so what you waiting for? If you’d like beach vibes with your shawarma, head over to its Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR) branch for your fill of sun, sand and sea.

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