Discover the Flavors of Ras Al Khaimah

From the hearty, spice-infused dishes handed down through generations of Emirati families to the creative interpretations of international cuisine brought here by a vibrant community.

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Traditional Emirati Cuisine

Savor the Tradition

Delve into the heart of Emirati culture with traditional dishes that have been cherished across generations. In Ras Al Khaimah, each meal is a celebration of the rich heritage and the bountiful land and sea that sustain its people.

Khuzi (Lamb with Rice)

This flagship dish of Emirati cuisine features tender, slow-cooked lamb served over a bed of aromatic rice. The rice is masterfully seasoned with a blend of local spices, including saffron and cardamom, which not only impart a vibrant color but also a distinctive flavor that is both comforting and exotic. A vibrant image of Khuzi captures the rich textures and inviting aroma of this beloved dish.


Often enjoyed on special occasions, Majboos is a testament to the culinary artistry of Ras Al Khaimah’s chefs. It’s a fragrant dish made with either chicken or fish, marinated with a mix of spices like turmeric, cloves, and nutmeg, then cooked with rice in a single pot to allow the flavors to meld perfectly. The accompanying image shows the colorful presentation of Majboos, highlighting the spices and ingredients used.

Seafood Delicacies

Given its coastal geography, Ras Al Khaimah boasts an incredible variety of seafood dishes, from grilled hammour to aromatic seafood stews. Local cooking techniques often involve grilling or simmering seafood with a mixture of herbs and a hint of lime, reflecting the traditional methods passed down through seaside communities. The images of these dishes are as tantalizing as they are picturesque, showcasing the fresh, vibrant seafood market of the emirate.

Street Food and Casual Dining

Taste the Streets of Ras Al Khaimah

Immerse yourself in the vibrant street food scene of Ras Al Khaimah, where every corner and food truck offers a slice of the city’s bustling culinary culture. This section introduces some of the most beloved street foods, which provide a quick, delicious insight into the everyday flavors enjoyed by locals.


Perhaps the most iconic of all Middle Eastern street foods, Shawarma in Ras Al Khaimah is a must-try. Juicy slices of marinated chicken or beef are stacked on a vertical spit and slow-roasted, served in a warm pita with tahini, garlic sauce, and crisp vegetables. The images here capture the bustling ambiance of shawarma stands, with cooks expertly slicing the tender meat.


These crispy, deep-fried balls made from ground chickpeas or fava beans are a staple in local diet and perfect for a quick snack or a light meal. Seasoned with coriander, cumin, and fresh herbs, falafel is typically served in a pita pocket with lettuce, tomatoes, and a drizzle of tahini sauce. The visuals bring to life the golden-brown falafel, highlighting their crunchy exterior and fluffy interior.


A popular snack during Ramadan but enjoyed year-round, samboosas are savory pastries filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables. The triangular pastries are deep-fried until golden and crisp, making them an irresistible treat. The images showcase the variety of fillings available, inviting you to try each one.

Fine Dining

Dine in Elegance

Elevate your dining experience in Ras Al Khaimah with a visit to our finest restaurants, where culinary artistry meets sophistication in a luxurious setting. Discover a world where chefs blend local flavors with global techniques to create truly unique dining experiences.

Al Mahara Restaurant

Renowned for its exquisite seafood and elegant ambiance, Al Mahara offers an immersive dining experience with floor-to-ceiling aquarium views. The menu features innovative dishes prepared by award-winning chefs, such as the signature saffron-infused seafood bouillabaisse. Images of the opulent dining area and beautifully presented dishes reflect the luxury that awaits at Al Mahara.

The Terrace Grill

Specializing in grilled meats and classic fine dining, The Terrace Grill is a haven for meat lovers. With a menu boasting prime cuts and organic produce, the restaurant’s highlights include the black truffle beef tenderloin and the chef’s special rack of lamb. Each dish is a testament to the chef’s dedication to quality and flavor, served in a sophisticated setting that mirrors the restaurant’s culinary excellence.

Zest Fusion

At Zest Fusion, culinary boundaries are transcended with a menu that blends Eastern and Western cuisines. The restaurant is famous for its innovative dishes like the wasabi prawn with mango salsa and the slow-cooked duck with tamarind glaze. Chef specialties are often garnished with edible gold, reflecting the luxurious dining experience.

Food Festivals and Events

Join the Festivities

Step into the vibrant world of food festivals and culinary events in Ras Al Khaimah. Whether you’re a foodie in search of new flavors or a chef looking to share your culinary creations, these gatherings offer a fantastic way to connect with the local culture and cuisine. Mark your calendars and prepare for a delightful experience that promises great food, fun, and festivities.

Ras Al Khaimah Food Festival

Held annually in the cooler months of February, this festival transforms the waterfront into a culinary wonderland. Visitors can enjoy everything from live cooking demonstrations by top chefs to tasting stalls featuring both local and international dishes. Photos from previous festivals show crowds enjoying the vibrant atmosphere and diverse food offerings. Next Event: February 10-25, 2025. Tickets are available online and at the venue.

Gourmet Safari

This unique event offers a culinary tour through some of Ras Al Khaimah’s most prestigious hotels and restaurants. Scheduled quarterly, each safari is a themed experience, allowing participants to taste signature dishes from multiple venues in a single evening. Images of elegantly dressed guests sampling exquisite dishes as they move from one venue to another capture the exclusive and intimate nature of the tour. Next Safari: October 15, 2024. Participation is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance through the event’s website.

Chefs' Table Series

An exclusive event where local and visiting chefs showcase their culinary skills in an interactive setting. Held monthly at select venues, each session focuses on a particular theme or ingredient, offering a curated multi-course dining experience. Photos highlight the chefs in action and the beautifully presented dishes that tell the story of Ras Al Khaimah’s rich culinary landscape. Next Series Date: June 8, 2024. Tickets can be reserved by contacting the host restaurant directly.

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