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What to Eat in Qatar: Snacks and Sweets

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If you’ve been following along with me on my world-wide adventures, you might notice a pattern… My strongest tooth is my sweet tooth! My trip to Qatar was tons of fun and absolutely flavorful. There wasn’t much room for dessert after such large meals (check out my Qatar Page for all the posts about what I ate there!), but don’t worry, I found plenty of sweets to keep me satisfied between meals!

Dates

If it’s not already, the national fruit of Arabia should be the date! They are super sweet and often served with Arabic coffee. If you have a sweet tooth but want to make a “healthy” choice, dates are just the thing!

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Box of Dates
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Dates and Arabic Coffee
Cookies

The cookie rounds below are Palestinian cookies rolled with a date filling. They are called Kaik, and I got to watch my friend Sharifa’s mom make them! I also got to have a hot, fresh one as soon as they came out of the oven, and it was a real treat!

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Dozens of Date Cookies!
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Date filling
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Palestinian date cookies called “Kaik”

The cookies below are either dusted with powedered sugar, dipped in white chocolate and rolled in pistachios, or dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in pistachios. They were all equally delightful! Definitely a worthy companion to coffee or tea.

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Cookie variety pack!
Savories

Okay, so sweets are my main thing, but I can hardly resist a savory once in a while. I even opted for the cheese filling instead of Nutella for my Bread of Rgag in the photo below! It was pretty fun to watch all the ladies like this work. They were so fast!

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Lady at the Souq Waqif Market making Bread of Rgag! Nutella to the left, cheese to the right!
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Cheese-filled Bread of Rgag!

These little savory delights were served at a friend’s house before dinner. I could have totally made a meal on them! Some are filled with chicken, some with cheese, some with other savory delights—all of them delicious!

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Variety of savory snacks!

Quick snack in the car—time for falafel!

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Fresh and hot falafel!
Sweet Treats

Much like dessert, I have saved the best for last: the sweetest of the sweet! I was never actually hungry in Qatar, but let’s get real. There is always room for a sweet!

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Sweets from the Museum of Islamic Art: juice, coconut cake, baklava, walnut square—yum!

Not so sure about the Arabian delights? Not to worry—there is Krispy Kreme! That is the one and only American food I decided to eat while I was there. I couldn’t resist! My choice: original glazed. The best choice. And yes, it tasted just like the ones in America!

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Surprise… Krispy Kreme!

The treats in the two photos below were passed around at a dinner party at my new friend’s house. WOW! They were amazing. The fried dough balls below are basically the best donut holes in the world, and the variety box below is full of incredible sweet bites. The dipping sauces really put them over the top!

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Basically a donut hole covered in sweet syrup and sesame seeds!
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Variety of sweet bites.

I think we were supposed to have the saffron cake below at a dinner party the night before, but we were all full! So we had it the next day. It was amazing. It was moist, sweet, soft, and the frosting was creamy. Can I have another piece?

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Saffron Cake
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It’s super moist and super delicious!

Last but not least: my sweet friends surprised me with a cheesecake my last day in Qatar! It says “We will miss you, Whitney!”

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My going away cheesecake!

Ready for a sweet yourself? Which one looks the best to you? Comment below!

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5 thoughts on “What to Eat in Qatar: Snacks and Sweets

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I do not remember how much everything was, but I do remember thinking how inexpensive it was! I think the Bread of Rgag was around $2-3, and my friend bought the falafel for me, so I don’t know how much that was—probably around $5 or less I would imagine!

      1. Thank you for your response. It might have sounded like a bizarre question, but I’m relocating to Doha next month & I really like these types of snacks so that’s what made me curious. 🙂

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