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Arabic Dishes to Try On Your Visit to Qatar - Treat yourself for some delightful Arabic Cuisine

When you are visiting Qatar for the first time there are so many different things you need to do and see and here are the must-try dishes on your first visit.



Machboos is undoubtedly the most popular dish in Qatar. The rice-based dish is a sort of mixed rice that is cooked with meat, vegetables and spices to make sure all the ingredients are able to absorb the flavours and aromas.



Kebabs remain as one of the most popular food in Qatar. If you love kebabs then Qatar is your kebab lovers’ paradise as there are over a dozen types of ways in which they are prepared and served. You can find kebabs as appetisers at many restaurants and events. Most of these are served with a variety of different sauces you can select from and with each sauce you try, you get to experience a completely new flavour. Different types of meat are at times served on one skewer and at certain times you can find one type of meat placed on one skewer. When you are getting your kebab you need to inquire this, in case there are certain types of meat you do not like.



Harees is one of the most popular dishes during the month of Ramadhan. It is similar to porridge and is considered to be healthy. This is used during the month of Ramadhan as the individuals starve for hours and it is important not to feed yourself harmful fast food or oily food. Harees is considered to be a healthy and delicious option which serves the purpose without any disadvantages.



A vegan delight around the world which originated in Qatar is now one of the most sought after dishes of most animal-activists. It has two deep-fried patties or balls that are made with ground chickpeas and fava beans. The dish is served with a delightful sauce called Tahini which is thick and full of flavour. Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar by Tivoli is known to serve a delightful falafel at their restaurant.



Shawarma is one of the most popular Arabic dishes and is not available across many other countries around the world. However, the original Shawarma is something that you must try on your first visit to Qatar. The name Shawarma derived from the Turkish word, turning, where a block of meat above the stove is constantly turning.



Luqaimat is a popular dessert that can be found in many restaurants and hotels in Qatar. Most Restaurants in Wakra are known for serving this dish on a complimentary basis to those who dine with them. The bite-sized dessert is crunchy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside.



Thareed is a popular dish that can be seen in many households. It is like a pot stew where a variety of vegetables are prepared with meat, usually chicken or lamb with various spices. A thick layer of bread is placed on the bottom of the dish before it is served so that the bread soaks up the flavours and keeps the food warm and fresh.

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