To get to know a country, it’s important to know its food. So while in Dubai, feast on machboos, a flavoursome dish of meat cooked with spice blends and rice. Prefer bread? Try the exotic khameer and chebab, and end your meal with the Middle Eastern version of sweet dumplings, luqaimat. A great place to sample the entire gamut of authentic Emirati cuisine is the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). Alternately, you can visit local restaurants like Bait 1971, Seven Sands and Milas for a taste of the local fare.