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Al Arab

From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010

Popular with taxi drivers who want a taste of home, if you want an inexpensive dinner with a dash of local colour then Al Arab is not a bad option. It’s a cheap and cheerful Asian restaurant that caters mainly for local workers from the subcontinent. Certainly, judging by the many noisy regulars who devour their dinners with relish, it provides a welcome meeting spot too. The décor is decidedly devout, with religious prints of Mecca and illustrated verses from the Koran lining the walls. The electronic bug-zapper works overtime, but the red chairs and tables are all clean.

Meanwhile the menu spans the continent, with Chinese, Pakistani, Indian, and Bengali cuisine all on offer. Nothing here will break the bank (it’s only Dhs4 for soup) although items such as beef pencil, chicken bananas, chicken roast old fashion and brain fry make you question the pros and cons of being a bit adventurous. It is unlikely to ever truly rival local affection for the food court over the road at Al Wahda Mall, but Al Arab has gathered a reliable niche market and it serves it well.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Al Wahdah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 641 7210
  • Travel: Old Airport Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Assad on 12 Sep ' 12 at 09:18

Posted by: jaz on 17 Aug ' 12 at 07:39
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

nice food

Posted by: Hind Tahbouib on 15 Jul ' 12 at 15:38
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

first of all the name contradicts its purpose !

very poor quality and service plus the staff don't comprehend neither arabic nor english

Posted by: khan on 21 Jul ' 11 at 19:23
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Ever best place fr every1 to go....
Because its family friendly...Environment...
Variety of dishes...Cheap rates...Best Staff....
Mastered in Asian Dishes....
and much more to enjoy....

Posted by: Sabrina on 31 Aug ' 10 at 21:58
  • Best for: Family friendly

Very diverse menu, lots to chose from. Caters for everybody's taste. Great value and polite staff. I would definitely reccommend this restaurant.

Posted by: JC on 27 Feb ' 10 at 10:21
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Definitely worth the walk across the street from the mall. Tasty food, amazing value, and an extensive menu.

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