Let’s be honest… Pork BBQ is delish (a vocabulary I learned from Rachel Ray which means delicious), right? For those who have never been here in UAE, you may wonder how on earth you can crave for pork products and dishes when it is a Muslim country.
Actually, there are only selected shops in Abu Dhabi that sell pork products. You can purchase though not all branches in Spinneys, a premier supermarket with branches spread out across Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Available items include ranging from sausages, hams, frozen and fresh meat, and other pork products.
Pork items are not generally displayed in open area or along with the other similar non-pork goods. There is a specific room allotted for it with a noticeable signage - “Pork for Non-Muslim”. I really cannot say if the prices are expensive or not because I have never been to other pork shops except for Spinneys. However, the price for fresh meat ranges from 40 to 60 dirhams (approximately $10 – $16) per kilo.
I personally recommend shopping in Spinneys - Khalidiya Branch because it is spacious with ample nearby parking space. It has also an alcoholic beverage shop, one reason that this branch is swarmed by expats.
Just a caution – If you do not have a car, you need to stretch your patience because it is quite difficult to get a taxi in this area. There is always a queue of shoppers waiting for taxi.