Cheap Eats in Dubai: Shawarma

Shawarma in Dubai cost between 3-5 AED or 1-1.5 USD per sandwich. One is enough to fill you or two if with a bigger appetite. Usually shawarma are sold at cafeterias you can find around the city. You can also have shawarma in restaurants but if you want an authentic experience I bet you will enjoy it most street style, the way it should be. It is dubbed as the city's best snack. One can never really call oneself a true blue Dubai resident if you haven't eaten shawarma coz it is a staple food over here. If you're a tourist, then it is a must try.

Shawarma stalls in Dubai opens at night only except of course those in the mall or the restaurants. Shawarma comes with slowly roasted beef or chicken, with some lettuce or cabbage and parsley, then drizzled with tahina sauce before it is wrapped in pita bread (kubus) or with flat bread. I like mine wrapped in flatbread persian style just like what you see in this picture.

After wrapping it in flat bread, it is placed in a hot pan then topped with a heavy Terra-cotta cover or hot plate. Some olive oil are also added on the pan and on top of your shawarma to toast it for that extra crunch

Marinated chicken or beef meat is skewered and stacked in a long rotating metal rod, placed vertically next to a very hot grill and roasted slowly. The perfectly roasted part is sliced thinly using a long serrated shawarma knife which then falls in a round tray under the stacked of meat. Once the shawarma is ready, it is wrapped in onion paper then serve.


We love our shawarma serve with lots of pickled green chilis, sometimes with french fries too.

Writing this post makes me crave for some shawarma. You know that you have lived long enough in the UAE if you have been craving for its tradition street food, the shawarma.

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.


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  1. I tried the toasted shawarma back when we were staing in Al Karama. It was selling for a dirham higher but people kept lining up for it. I miss it reading your yummy post. Nowadays, we get our Shawarma fix at Antar cafeteria in Safa 2 Al Wasl Road.

    P.S. thank you for being with me last night. I hope you had much fun as I did!

  2. amazing pics!! such an interesting city there are so many things to do in Dubai so many interesting places to see and visit!! amazing place

  3. I really love shawarma, so many versions I tasted. In Dubai there are a lot of course but one of my fave resto for shawarma is at Zahr El-Laymoun (Lebanese Resto) in Dubai. I suggest you try it if you're really into shawarma :D

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