Food in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

As a teacher teaching in Abu Dhabi you're bound to encounter some tasty dishes. Food in the UAE comes in many different varieties, thanks to the cosmopolitan nature of the country. Teachers can rest assured that all the foods you love from home can be obtained in supermarkets carrying a wide array of international and western products. If you prefer to cook spaghetti and meatballs at home you'll have no problem. However, if you're a little more adventurous and have a palate for exploring you're in for a treat.

Traditional cuisine in Abi Dhabi is similar to most Middle Eastern food as you know it: chicken or beef, rice, fresh herbs and vegetables, pita bread, dolmades, yogurt-based sauces, olives, humus and fresh tabouli to name just a few components. The more traditional dishes can consist of meat with traditional spices and of course fish - before the discovery of oil most of the coastal people on the Arabian peninsula fished for a living. Arab and Middle Eastern food can be found anywhere from food stalls to star restaurants, and can cost anywhere from the price of a quick meal to a lavish dinner.

A typical Arab dinner is fresh and light with plenty of fresh herbs and vegetables

The UAE has a high number of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi expat workers who brought their own cuisine with them. If you like Indian food you're bound to encounter a great variety of Indian restaurants and dishes. Besides that, the Emiratis love American fast food so McDonald's, Burger King, Krispy Kreme (and even Tim Hortons for the Canadians) are all readily available. With so many expatriates, every cuisine from the world over is represented in both restaurants and supermarkets so whether you cook at home or eat out you'll be able to enjoy a wide variety of local and international foods.