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  • During this time it is prohibited to eat, drink, or smoke in public, and as such, most of the city’s public clubs, casinos and restaurants are closed.
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If you are looking out for a sugary treat in Dubai, what can be better than a kunafa?  Kunafa, a squishy delectable Palestinian dessert, is served as a delicacy to celebrate any festivity in the Arab world. This lip-smacking dessert features a base and top layer, which is either made from vermicelli noodles, shredded filo, semolina, or shredded wheat. Between these layers is a generous spread of clotted cream or luscious cheese with fruits and nuts spread all over. It is baked until golden brown and steeped in a thick syrup of honey or is sugar-flavoured with date, orange blossoms, or rose. It gets the final touch with pistachios and nuts sprinkled over.     
The very first traces of kunafas can be traced back to the countries of the Ottoman Empire, Caucasus, and the Middle East. Kunafas are mainly of three types – Khishnah, Na’ama and Mhayara – based on the dough, the filling and syrup used to prepare it. Again, as you move from Turkey to Palestine to Iran or Greece, the kunafa varies slightly depending on the palate of the people. But almost anywhere you go, the middle layer usually remains soft and creamy while the outer layers are crunchy. Legend has it that kunafa was first prepared to satiate the voracious appetites of the princes during Ramadan. This dessert, rich in nutrients, had a filling effect that helped them observe their fast without hunger pangs. Another version of the story claims that the Fatimids, a Shia community, introduced this delicacy as a part of their tradition. To binge on this ethnic delight, Dubai offers you a number of places that specialise in kunafas.
You can find scrumptious kunafas within AED 30 at Feras Aldeyafa Sweets, Barsha 1, Zaroob, Trade Center Area, Markette, Al Safa, Mezza House, Downtown Dubai, Big Chef’s Menu, Al Safa, Shaikh Al Mandi, Al Barsha 1, Sukur House of Desserts, Cluster Q, Hey Sugar Bakeshop, Jumeirah Beach Road, Bait Al Kanafa Restaurant, Deira and Al Shami Restaurant, Deira. Places like Logma, Al Safa, Kaftan Turkish Cuisine and Fine Art, Umm Suqeim, Reem Al Bawadi, Dubai Marina, and Ayam Eleez, Umm Sequim serve kunafas at higher rates. To try some amazing variations of the traditional kunafa, head to places like Rice Creamery, City Walk – Unit 17, Al Safa Road, Turkish Village Restaurant - Jumeirah 1, Amassena, Jumeirah Beach Road, Home Bakery, Al Wasl Road or Milas, Downtown Dubai.