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The local cuisine of Qatar

Qatari cuisine is rich in tradition with a blend of influences from India, Persia, Lebanon, and North Africa. Get ready for a flavour explosion and learn more about our food culture. 

A unique cuisine, best shared with loved ones

The food of Qatar is a love language that takes your tastebuds on a journey of discovery of the Middle East and beyond. It tells stories of ancient trade routes, family and togetherness, of plates shared around a table. 

Our food is flavourful and fragranced with secret spice mixes carefully sourced from local souqs.

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Any questions about food in Qatar?

Qatar cuisine is influenced by influences from all over the Middle East, India and North Africa. A meal usually consists of lots of sharing plates, with dishes like saloona stew, madhruba, balaleet noodles and sago pudding, and drinks like sweet karak tea.

It depends who you ask! Qataris love aromatic stew, kebabs, rice, vegetables and breads but things like burgers, pizza, tacos and sushi are also popular. 

Majboos is something you must try when you’re in Qatar. The name means ‘be engaged’ in Arabic. Usually made with lamb or chicken, the dish is cooked very slowly to deepen the flavour. It was traditionally served at weddings and occasions, but now it’s eaten all the time. 

There is something for every budget in Qatar, from family-friendly eateries and street food trucks to fast food restaurants where you can eat well for under $5.

The most popular spices are cardamom, cumin, cloves and saffron. If you visit a spice souk, look out for ingredients like black loumi (lime), saffron and bizar (a secret spice blend).

Tap water is safe for brushing your teeth and cooking but it’s recommended to rather drink filtered or bottled water. 

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The local cuisine of Qatar | A Culinary Journey