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Local cuisine beckons visitors

Emirati restaurants and kitchens serving traditional food and cuisines have taken centre-stage across the Global Village — the region’s leading cultural, shopping and entertainment family outdoor destination.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 27 Mar 2013, 8:57 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:26 AM

While restaurants have been designed as old-style Emirati kitchens to give it a traditional look and feel, the presence of local women in their national attires baking delicious sweet bites is commonplace across the Global Village.

Exemplary in its typical Emirati design and offerings, there are five branches around the park. The cooking corners are easy to spot, thanks to the queue of people from all nationalities wanting to try the delicacies.

Umm Abdullah, one of the bakers at a cooking corner, said: “We’re proud to showcase our heritage, traditions and customs. There is a great demand for these traditional Emirati snacks. Even the UAE nationals come to enjoy the food at some of our corners. Life has changed as such traditional recipes are only prepared by older generations.”

Abdullah also assured that the corner at Gate 5 has more offerings as the crowds are bigger at that end.

“These corners have become benchmarks of Emirati traditions at the Global Village attracting millions of visitors and tourists for a lasting sweet bite of Emirati culture,” says Abdullah.

Situated in the food court, one of the restaurants is yet another model of Emirati cuisine and hospitality. Designed to reflect the old museum style in the UAE, the atmosphere is enhanced with traditional Emirati music and way of serving.

“We have a menu and daily dishes as we have a demand from all nationalities. What makes us special is that the owner of the restaurant is the one who prepares the spices, recipes and the ghee; the reason why our food is closer to homemade Emirati food,” said the manager of the restaurant.

“Sampling our local food at different crowded spots and areas would be a good idea to promote the Emirati cuisine,” added the manager.

Al Garhood Restaurant is famous for its combined local and Gulf states menu. “What differentiates us is our Emirati hospitality and how we service our clients. We have a lot of Europeans and Asians who come here to try local food. Most people love the Emirati sweets and hot drinks,” said the manager of the restaurant.

Among more than 65 countries represented at Global Village, Emirati culture is strongly expressed in the traditional cuisine and hospitality.


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