Expo 2020 Dubai Food Guide: What You Can Eat
Wondering what food you'll be able to eat at the Greatest Show on Earth? Here's a quick rundown of the food expected at Expo 2020
11 December 2019
Dining options at Expo 2020 is set to include a diverse menu of over 50 cuisines from Argentina to Zimbabwe
As the United Arab Emirates acts as a home to over 200 nationalities and receives millions of tourists every year, the nation boasts an incredible variety of locally-grown dishes, international cuisines, and some of the top talented chefs in the world.
With Expo 2020 Dubai coming up, a grand and monumental event that will welcome 135 countries to its 438-hectare site, it's only obvious that a celebration of creativity, innovation, and culture from around the globe will be reflected in the food offered.
Expo 2020's massive infrastructure makes it an ideal place for international eateries to showcase a proud example of their country's cuisine - but how do you know which ones to go to?
Here to help is our guide to restaurants, cafes, and foodtrucks coming to Expo 2020, a collection of places that will answer the question, what can I eat at Expo 2020 Dubai?
Traditional and new UAE cuisine
As Expo 2020 will be located in the UAE, it's no surprise that the host country will be shining a spotlight on local traditional food and new tastes. Here are some of the UAE-based and locally produced restaurants and cafes you'll be able to enjoy at Expo 2020 Dubai:
Known for its camel milk-based selection of coffees, desserts, and more, the cafe will be offering delicate finger foods with lavish Arabian drinks, such as the Camel Milk Chocolate.
Arabian Tea House
The first of its kind since 1997, the Arabian Tea House is set to introduce the UAE's hospitality and Emirati food heritage to Expo 2020 visitors. Expect a warm cup of authentic gahwa (traditional Arabian coffee), enjoy freshly baked chebab bread (Emirati bread with cheese, honey, and dates molasses), or treat yourself to their signature Tahta Laham (tender shredded lamb cooked in Emirati spices, rice, salads, and yogurt).
Photo credit: Arabian Tea House
Middle Eastern cuisine
Grab a light meal or indulge in satisfying Arabian flavours from some of the UAE's neighbours.
Known for their traditional Middle Eastern desserts and kunafah (a noodle-like pastry made with sugar-based syrup, cheese, nuts, and more), the home-grown Firas Sweets will be treating Expo 2020 visitors to a selection of Arabic delights.
Saj 2 Go
Saj 2 Go runs this temple of traditional Lebanese baked goods in Dubai, including baked bread made from a recipe that's centuries old.
For years, UAE-based Seashell Cafeteria has been a go-to for quick and delicious Middle Eastern food for many expats in Dubai. At Expo 2020, expect local favourites including sheesh tawook, lamb tikka, biryani, fathoush, as well as Indian and Chinese staples - mutton curry masala and chicken Manchurian.
Al Reef Bakery
Another popular Lebanese bakery at Expo 2020. If you're craving something fast, easy-to-eat, and incredibly satisfying, grab some tasty manakish from Al Reef Bakery.
Explore more delightful Middle Eastern eats such as fatayer (Middle Eastern meat pie popular in places such as Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine), and even international menu items - ex. pizza, fresh wraps, French pastries, and steaks.
Photo credit: Saj 2 Go
American and European favourites
With recipes from the kitchens of Europe, the U.S.A, and the United Kingdom, you'll find an abundance of old classics, gourmet dishes, and new delights at Expo 2020.
The Irish Village
Expo 2020 will also host the popular The Irish Village, offering traditional entertainment and authentic Irish food such as Irish stew (tender lamb slow and vegetables cooked with a light broth), Yorkshire pudding, cottage pie (wagyu beef with veggies and gravy), battered fish and chips, and much, much more.
From the flavoursome and colourful plates of India to the sweet and savoury specialities of the Philippines, here are some of the Asian restaurants coming to Expo 2020.
Dampa Seafood Grill
Bring a hefty appetite to Expo 2020 as this Filipino hotspot is popular for its menu items serving unlimited and generous portions. Dampa Seafood Grill will be at Expo 2020 with its freshly grilled seafood, special sauces, meats, and more.
Family-owned Al Farwania has been satisfying Dubai expats' Indian cuisine cravings for over 30 years now with servings of delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options including paratha, grilled meats, curry, and veggie options. With an extensive list of food at such a modest price, it will no doubt be a hit among the Expo 2020 staff and visitors.
Foodtrucks and other delights
At Expo 2020, you can also expect fun gastronomic eats from the many food trucks and cafes. Some of the confirmed eating-spots are:
If you've got a sweet tooth, coffee and freshly baked doughnut food truck Doh has you covered.
Brewing specialty coffee and offering delectable bites from flatbreads to fresh salads and desserts, this eco-friendly cafe serves its exclusive drinks in BPA-free reusable cups made from actual coffee.