Over the past few years, more and more people from all around the world have begun the process of switching to a diet based on sustainable foods. This process is healthier for both animals and humans, respects the animals, and is better for the environment.
Dubai is a beautiful city in the United Arab Emirates that is home to many festivities throughout the year. As there are many places to dine in Dubai, there are also many ways to eat sustainable food. This article will provide the information needed to eat healthy and sustainable foods while in Dubai.
Seamood is a fantastic and affordable restaurant in Bur Dubai that deals solely in sustainable foods and produce. Though the restaurant is relatively new, as it was founded in 2012, the small and cozy restaurant has already built a reputation as a place to find some of the freshest and most sustainable food in Dubai.
Another great location to buy sustainable foods and crops is at the annual farmers' market, which had its first event in November of 2009. The popular farmers' market, also known as the Baker and Spice market, operates for six months, from November until April, of every year to bring sustainable crops and produce, grown by local farmers, to visitors and tourists alike.
The food is delicious and visitors won't have to worry about being sold anything that is imported. At last tally, there are nearly eight separate vendors that sell their locally grown produce at the farmers' market each year.
Fish is one of the most popular foods in Dubai, but not every eatery provides a sustainable menu. It's always wise to avoid anything imported, but not every local fish species is completely sustainable. As Hammour, a popular grouper fish, are becoming over-hunted, they are no longer available as a sustainable fish, which is why it's best to only purchase from restaurants with a strict no-hammour policy.
Benjarong, a luxurious restaurant in the Dusit Thani Dubai hotel, has recently stopped selling hammour, but are instead using local and sustainable species on their menu. Red Snapper is a sustainable fish sold at the Benjarong, and is available in many tasty dishes. The Kitchen, an elegant restaurant in the Hyatt Regency Dubai, only serves products using sustainable fish and other foods.
Their grilled emperor and yellowfin tuna are two dishes that provide a delectable meal while also being sustainable. There are many other restaurants around the city that provide a sustainable menu, but it's best to ask the waiters about their sustainable foods if you are unsure of their practices in that regard.
Organic Foods and Cafe
Organic Foods and Cafe is a wonderful supermarket and cafe in Dubai that is host to five separate locations throughout the city. From cheese to fruits and vegetables, Organic Foods and Cafe looks towards local farmers for their wide range of sustainable and organic foods. If you're trying to find sustainable foods, but don't want to take the time to order inside a restaurant, The Change Initiative is an excellent store that sells nothing but organic and sustainable food, produce, and other products.
The store, which opened in 2012, was the first store in Dubai to sell only green products and was named in august of this year as "The World's Most Sustainable Building". The Change Initiative is also home to a completely sustainable cafe, called The Taste Initiative. If you're shopping in a supermarket, it's best to look for products that are marked by the Rainforest Alliance, as it is safe to assume that those products are sustainable and organic.