• LOCATION 23 | On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats

    Firas Sweets

    To your right, you’ll see Firas Sweets with a small sign in English and Arabic above its narrow shop.

    Firas isn’t the same as Nujood Sweets, which we passed a little earlier. That’s because Nujood sells Indian and Pakistani sweets, while Firas is known for its Arabic confections and desserts – and for over 25 years, it’s been a local favourite.

    Inside, you’ll find knafeh kishna, a cheese pastry soaked in sugar syrup from the Levant. The orange crust on top is made of vermicelli noodles, sprinkled with pistachios. Beneath it are layers of soft nabulsi cheese sitting on a bed of orange blossom water or syrup. They’re best enjoyed when fresh and still warm!

    Their baklava is also popular, especially during the Islamic holidays of Eid. Stop in and buy something if you like, or carry on walking now, still keeping straight.

    Eid marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan and it’s celebrated by the giving of sweets and other gifts. For Muslims, Eid Al-Fitr, and Eid Al-Adha are the two most important holidays of their faith. They’re both times when charity is offered to people in need, and friends and family gather in their finest clothes to celebrate and pray.

On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats