A selection of UAE-based cafés, restaurants and food trucks will be showcased at Expo 2020 Dubai, offering millions of visitors the chance to taste varied cuisines from homegrown brands, while giving renowned local institutions the opportunity to make their mark on the international food scene.
With more than 200 nationalities calling the UAE home and almost 16 million visitors to Dubai in 2018 alone, it’s no surprise that the local food scene reflects a vibrant melting pot of cultures. The UAE-based cafés, restaurants and food trucks chosen to share their dishes are no exception, spanning influences from Lebanon to India and the Philippines to Ireland.
Enjoying great popularity among Emiratis and expats, these small and medium-sized eateries, mostly homegrown and family-run, offer comfort and consistency and have been selected for their quality and longevity in the UAE.
Local favourites that will have outlets at The World’s Greatest Show include classic Dubai brands Arabian Tea House, Al Farwania, Seashell Cafeteria, Dampa Seafood Grill, Al Reef Bakery, Al Khabbaz and Firas Sweets. The six-month spectacle will also feature a variety of Al Samadi’s concepts, such as Hummus Spot, Rogue Coffee and Twisty Treats.
In addition, there will be some fun and novel brands, such as Saj 2 Go, which serves a type of baked bread that dates back centuries, Doh, a coffee and doughnut specialist, Flower Café, and the camel milk-inspired Majlis Café. Expo 2020 will also welcome the iconic The Irish Village.