Dubai is (finally) recognised by the MICHELIN Guide

The gastronomy experts behind the series will unveil their first selection in June.

The world-renowned MICHELIN Guide covers 35 destinations, spanning cities, regions or countries that are regularly visited by its inspectors who evaluate restaurants to build their yearly selection. And today, a 36th destination has been added to the mix: Dubai. The city has developed a dynamic dining scene thanks to the fact that it’s home to over 200 nationalities, drawing influence from cuisines worldwide – regional specialities included.

“We are delighted to announce that Dubai will be joining the MICHELIN Guide family. Our team of inspectors is already in the field in order to prepare the first selection of restaurants, which will be revealed in June,” announced Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of MICHELIN Guides. “We will be showcasing the best of Dubai’s gastronomy to reflect not just the sophistication that the city is famed for, but also the wide diversity of cuisines that the city’s location and history provide.”

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Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing added, “Already one of the world’s most popular destinations, this latest accolade for Dubai is also recognition of its emergence as a global gastronomy hub, inspired by the goal of our visionary leadership to make Dubai the world’s most sought-after destination and the best city to live and work in. With Dubai home to thousands of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines from fine dining to street food, and talented Chefs, the MICHELIN Guide Dubai will provide a fresh perspective and new insights into the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of Dubai’s culinary offerings. We are excited to discover the special selection for Dubai.”

The selection will be made according to the tried-and-tested methodology applied all over the world by the inspectors of the MICHELIN Guide, based on its universally applied set of five criteria: the quality of the ingredients, the mastery of cooking, the harmony of flavours, the personality of the chef through the cuisine, and the consistency both over time and across the entire menu. These are applied to all the selected restaurants in order to help bona fide foodies make an informed choice from among high-quality options. The MICHELIN Guide conveys its restaurant reviews through an extensive system of distinctions, the most revered of which are its globally renowned MICHELIN stars.

One MICHELIN star is awarded to restaurants for “high-quality cooking that is worth a stop”, two MICHELIN stars for “excellent cooking that is worth a detour”, and three MICHELIN stars for “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey”. Besides the coveted star ratings, the selection will also include the popular Bib Gourmand category, a distinction awarded to establishments that provide value-for-money three-course meals. The full 2022 selection of the MICHELIN Guide Dubai restaurants will be available on the MICHELIN Guide website and app, where users can research restaurants following their locations, cuisine types, or additional features in order to find the perfect match.

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