If you want to try some authentic Arabic/Lebanese food in a traditional setting, then this is the place for you. Kan Zaman is located on the Dubai Creek’s Bur Dubai shore, right down by the water’s edge. Only a few hundred metres further, and the creek spills out into the Persian Gulf. Watch as the Abras (water taxis) bob along on the waters… this could be one of the few occasions in Dubai when you actually feel like you are in the true Middle East.
I absolutely love this place, which I stumbled upon many years ago whilst walking around & exploring the Textile Souk and historic area around the Dubai Museum. This is an unusual place: 1/3 filled with Local families, 1/3 filled with “veteran” Western expatriates and 1/3 tourists – but this mix doesn’t spoil the traditional atmosphere by even an inch…
The food is decent and receives a 90% rating from me. Service is sufficiently good & most of the waiters speak English well. The main attraction is the ambience (this place manages to be both romantic & buzzy at the same time) and of course the al fresco tables; meaning there’s space for hundreds of diners either upstairs, down by the water, or inside their spacious dining hall. They also offer international dishes on their looong traditional menu, but as it goes with all authentic eateries, it’s probably best to stick to the Arabic specialities. They have everything from hummous, to shwarma, kebabs, grilled seafood, etc.
We paid 10 Dirhams for a pot of gorgeous Moroccan Mint Tea and 24 Dhs for a nice Sheesha. Prices are extremely reasonable, considering that you are sitting in the most visited streets of Dubai. For a comprehensive list of popular Arabic food, click here: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tp/1411c2/.
NOTE: Women, please wear respectful clothing. There are many Muslim families here that might easily feel offended.
TIP: In the winter months, bring a jacket as it can get quite cold & windy here! In summer, you have no choice but to sit inside in air-conditioned bliss.
Opening Hours: 7 days a week, 11:00am – 03:00am.
Address: Dubai Heritage Village, Shindagha Road.
Phone: +971-4-393 9913