It’s all about Kunafa | Dubai

Kunafa, Kunafah kunafeh, Kenafeh, kunafah, kanāfah, künefe, spell it however you wish, Kunafa is the bee’s knees.

The oozing cheese soaked with the sugar syrup sheltered with its crunchy exterior soaking up the syrupy goodness is one of the most famous Levantine cheese pastries.

Kunafa is made from shredded phyllo or semolina, most often filled with soft Nabulsi cheese that is made from sheep milk or goat’s milk, with a thick syrup of sugar and a few drops of rose water or orange blossom poured over the pastry and topped with pistachios.

The kanafeh pastry comes in three types:
• khishnah (Arabic خشنه) (rough): crust made from long thin noodle threads.
• na’ama (Arabic ناعمة) (fine): semolina “Farkhah” flour.
• mhayara (Arabic محيرة) (mixed): a mixture of khishnah and na’ama

In Dubai, Kunafa is famously sold during Eid, a staple for any and every occasion and a constant as a dessert option in most Arab households.

Firas or Feras Sweets:

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Institutional. The only word to define one of the best sellers of Kunafa in Dubai.

The kunafa at Feras has been perfected over the years along with the level of sweetness that turns you into a kunafa addict. At Feras, massive kunafa trays zoom out of the kitchen within minutes to restock the never-ending demand and during Eid, the rush is massive enough to cause of a back log of traffic, and a frenzy over the much loved Feras kunafa.

Qwaider Al Nabulsi:

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A steady and firm competition, the all-around sweet store is known for the mass production of authentic Arabic pastries and are forever welcoming to guests, as the buttery aroma leads you into an inviting taste of the various pastries spread across the store to tantalize the taste buds.

Read more on my Deira Crawl post here.


The boutique or a gourmet version of the Arabic sweets with a contemporary experience, quality and high-end items caters freshly made Kunafa which is easily available in most malls across Dubai. Although, the main attraction at ARABESQ is the famous Bakdash Booza, directly from Syria’s well known for the pounded ice cream with an elastic texture sprinkled with pistachios.

Fancy a daring kunafa variations? Check out Rice Creamery’s kunafa rice pudding or even the Turkish variation at Turkish Village Restaurant, Künefe or the Kunafe Cheesecake (pictured below) by Sukar House of Desserts.


And if you’d like to prepare kunafa at home, read Arabic Zeal’s post on Kunafe Nabulsia ~ The Queen of Arabic Sweets – delicious!

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