Wednesday 04 August 2010 | Dubai feed


Camel burgers spice up Dubai culinary scene

A restaurant in Dubai has begun offering camel burgers as a healthier alternative to hamburgers.

Camel burgers are on offer in Dubai
Camel burgers are on offer in Dubai

The Local House, a traditional Emirati restaurant, says the camel burger is a fat-free delicacy for health-conscious diners.

Ali Ahmad Esmail, Local House assistant manager, told the Xpress weekly newspaper that the burger patties were cooked in a secret mix of spices and were fat and cholesterol free.

But he declined to say how the outlet tenderised the tough camel meat.

"It's a trade secret," he said.

For 20 UAE dirhams (£3.45) diners can try a quarter pound camel burger with cheese and burger sauce.

The camel meat is sourced from a camel farm in Al Ain, in Abu Dhabi. Al Ain has been associated with camel breeding and racing for centuries.

Camel meat is widely eaten in some Arab countries, but is not typically sold in supermarkets or served in restaurants.

The paper reported that Local House said it was the first to introduce the burger in the United Arab Emirates, although a fast-food restaurant in Saudi Arabia begun offering baby camel burgers last year.

The Local House told the newspaper that they were considering opening a branch of their restaurant in the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, to offer an increasing number of tourists and locals their special burgers.

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