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Al Hadheerah, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai

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Al Hadheerah, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, Dubai

With belly dancers shimmying to Arabian rhythms, impressive falconry displays, and camel caravans, this open-­air restaurant—modeled after a desert village—knows how to put on a spectacle. Though the setting is over the top, the menu is authentic Emerati. Hot and cold mezze range from halloumi and romi cheeses to fried eggplant with cumin. Mains include lamb ouzi on the spit to marak bil khodra (a thick vegetable stew). If you make it to dessert, try the sweet and syrupy kunufa (shredded wheat pastry). Afterward, walk it off at the souk, or take a nap under a billowing canopy set in the dunes.

Price: $68 per person.

Save Room for: The traditional foga, leg of lamb sautéed with basmati rice, onions, chiles, and a local masala.

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