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Popular Pakistani restaurants endure the challenges of time in Dubai

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Dubai, Arab Emirates (AP) — Boasts champagne brunch with sea views, Michelin's star restaurant, and endless fine dining A small perforated restaurant with city Asian culinary options, plastic chairs and a metal table is one of Dubai's favorite spots.

A small family-owned Pakistani location, Ravi Restaurant is rooted in a community of South Asian workers who helped build Dubai. But for decades, it has become a staple of the city's food culture, usually attracted to everything flashy and classy.

The restaurant opened in the United Arab Emirates in 1978 in the Dubai district of Satowa, when it was a sandy area full of big trucks and small construction shops. The emirate was mostly desert in the 1970s, with a poor, low-rise skyline overlooking the bay.

Ravi mainly served home-cooked food to South Asian construction workers.

Founder Chaudary Abdul Hamed "wants to find a way to serve better food to the working class," says his son Wasime Abdul Hamed, who is also the restaurant's operations manager. I did. This meant keeping the price affordable, with an average meal cost of $ 7.

Over the years of Dubai's boom, it became a hit between Emiratis and its expatriates in Western Europe and Asia, which flooded the emirates.

Famous culinary critic Anthony Bourdain helped map Ravi when he visited Ravi in ​​one of the television series in 2010. A few years later, rapper Snoop Dogg also stopped by. Ravi has been promoted to a must-see attraction.

In addition to that part, price and taste, ironically, Ravi's unpretentiousness is the cash.

Customers wearing everything from business suits to traditional sneakers and sneakers rush to restaurants for big meals and late-night snacks. It's common to see people lined up at the door, or to eat and eat food on the curb.

Inside, the customer sits at a table with a plastic cover under a flashing neon light. Chatting lowers the sound of ceiling fans. Chicken biryani, chicken tikka, dal, and naan are thrown out of the kitchen above the service counter, and as the waiter rushes the plate to the table, the scent of curry and roasted meat floats in the air.

Last week, the modest eateries were a very Dubai-style splash scene. Social media influencers gathered to drive the launch of a brand collaboration between shoemakers Adidas and Ravi.

Adidas has produced a specially designed limited edition Superstar Ravi sneaker. The restaurant's name and year of opening are engraved in green and white, and inside is a list of the six most famous dishes on the menu. The tongue of the shoes.

Both Ravi and Adidas refused to disclose the terms and conditions to the Associated Press or answer questions about whether restaurants would make money from selling shoes.

Waseem Abdul Hameed said that the restaurant reflects the way Dubai is part of the cultural structure. "That's why they chose us because you have to go to the Ravi restaurant for a meal."

This is a sneaker sold for $ 899 in Dubai and other cities. In stark contrast to other recent lines released by Adidas, such as the Gucci line that includes. But this collaboration shows how brands like Adidas are looking for new ways to connect with consumers who want to be unique.

On a recent hot summer day after the shoe was launched, customers lined up outside Ravi.

"It's real, that's it, and that's why I like it," says Dana, a 32-year-old Dubai resident who has been in the rabbi for years with her friends. I did.