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10 Emerging Food Trends That Will Hit UAE in 2016

United Arab Emirates is a fascinating place to live and work as it offers a glimpse into the world where cultures are striking. Traditionalism merges with modernism and technology is incorporated with traditional values. There are numerous large shopping malls and supermarkets in the country where you can find anything you might be in search of. Food becomes the key attraction because cuisines all over the world are easily available in authentic flavours. UAE regional food combines with world’s popular cuisines and creates a wonderful food creation to comfort and satisfy everyone.

Apparently, UAE owns the highest number of food and beverage outlets as compared to many developed countries. A lot of new hotels and restaurants keep opening to serve residents, expatriates, and travelers. In the culinary world, diners always value food quality, ambiance and entertainment to get a wonderful dining experience. But now, people are more knowledgeable and interested in the food available and willing to taste a fantastic fusion creation. That’s why; UAE introduces some new food trends every year and thrives to become a culinary capital of the world.

10 Top UAE Food Trends That Will Change Dining in the Country

UAE food trends are constantly evolving, and the reason is that they are influenced by lots of factors including growing population, changing demographics, better education system, rising business and job opportunities, comprehensive & ongoing research in the field of nutrition, growing health consciousness and developing green environment. Here are some latest food trends that will hit the plates this year. It is expected that these UAE food trends will completely transform the dining experience in UAE. Let’s have a look at them!

  1. Cuisines of Choice
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Whether you’re craving for Chinese, Italian, Japanese or whatever you like, you can find the cuisines of almost every country. There are a large number of local and international restaurants which serve the world’s famous cuisines. Therefore, people in UAE have a vast selection of food to be chosen from. You can easily explore the interesting culinary styles of different countries that will enrich your palates and satisfy your appetite.

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  1. Street Food

Dubai has been already appreciated Street food trend. There are a huge number of street food shops or quick service restaurants are operating in the major cities of UAE, which cater to the middle-class. The growth of Street food market in UAE is associated with global popularity and less human and finance resources. However, it is important to ensure the food quality in street food markets to promote this culinary trend.

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  1. Smart Casual Dining

Emirati people love to eat out and they are always ready to pay more for enjoying a wonderful dining experience. A lot of restaurants have introduced a new concept of casual dining; in which diners enjoy a high-quality food in a well-decorated ambiance with live entertainment. Everything is amazing and perfect for smart casual dining to please a crowd and give them a unique and unforgettable feasting experience.

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  1. Food Trucks

Social media-driven Food trucks are no longer a fancy idea in UAE. They have become a popular trend in the dining culture which is catching on in UAE. In the beginning, most food trucks served only burgers and sandwiches for foodies on the move. These days, they have made their menus more sophisticated. For example, gourmet food trucks have become a pioneer of this culinary trend in Emirate.

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  1. Fusion Creations

With the advent of the internet, people in UAE are becoming more crazy and curious to taste the new fusion creations. Fast food, Peruvian-Japanese, and Mexican-Korean fusions are available for some years but this year the trend of Asian-Latin and Arabic-Indian cooking is going to be hit Dubai and many other cities of UAE. These food combos are perfect for lunch and take Emirati’s taste buds to another world of flavours. Moreover, traditional ingredients are also transforming day by day. For instance chili, hummus, soy sauce, and jalapenos have become a household staple, facilitating fusion foods.

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  1. Local Food Markets

It is the fact that the UAE food and drink sector imports a majority of grocery items from other countries. But now, Emirati Government is striving to build their local food markets. Vegetables are harvested locally in the certified organic farms to appreciate this trend. Moreover, some independent grocery stores have or will open this year to sell the local things in the country.

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  1. Vegetarian at Home

You can also reveal that top chefs of UAE are currently working on new culinary trends. They are mostly focusing on cooking with vegetables, as they aim to create awareness about a healthy and balanced diet. Hence, Emirati people can expect that they’ll be enjoying a more vegetarian diet at homes in the coming years.

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  1. Chef Rotation

An innovation that is gaining popularity in UAE especially in Dubai is chef rotation. Some upscale restaurants revolve their traditional concept and change their chefs four times in a year. By adopting this new trend, eateries can make their menus completely diverse, delicious, satisfying and appealing. Moreover, they can introduce a lot of new food creation to grab the attention of their customers.

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  1. Superfoods

The consumption of superfoods is also increasing in UAE because obesity is on the rise in the country. Superfoods are nutrient rich food items that are naturally healthy. These foods not only help in losing or controlling weight but also improve overall health. Eggs, tomatoes, walnuts, Brussels sprouts, apples, salmon, avocados, spinach, olives, collard green, brown rice, edamame, lentils, black beans, asparagus, Greek yogurt, low-fat milk are most surprising superfoods that are highly recommended by expert nutritionists in UAE.

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  1. Food Delivery Services

One of the fast-growing UAE food trends is food delivery services. Food delivery companies make it possible that people get their favourite food items anywhere anytime in their zones. Through online ordering system, these services serve foodies in the comfort of their homes as there is no need to make a call directly to an eatery or keep a paper menu. Additionally, they offer exclusive deals of their partnered restaurants to value your money. That’s why food delivery services in UAE have become an ideal choice for every food lover.

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Ella Tindal is an enthusiastic European traveler who adores exploring the expat living in UAE. She dedicates herself to know the lifestyle of major cities of UAE. She shares her memories and experiences of different tours via Papaorder Blog. She offers information about anything including accommodation, transportation, and food etc. that may be helpful for you. So, if you want to read her travel stories, subscribe Papaorder Blog.

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