UAE char­ity per­forms heart surg­eries

Food for thought as city to get Miche­lin Guide

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Dubai is a foodie’s paradise, with the city twin­kling with Miche­lin-starred chefs and top-class restau­rants.

How­ever, there’s one thing that’s miss­ing from the emi­rate’s ever-ex­pand­ing culi­nary scene - a rat­ings guide as to how Dubai com­pares as a food city com­pared with global gas­tron­omy heavy­weights.

But that might be about to change with the Miche­lin Guide on its way to Dubai to give din­ers some food for thought.

“Miche­lin is con­tin­u­ing to put the flag­pole of the Miche­lin Guide around the world,”

said Michael El­lis, In­ter­na­tional Di­rec­tor of Miche­lin Guides at the re­cent Global Restau­rant In­vest­ment Fo­rum.

“One of the rea­sons I’m here is be­cause ob­vi­ously Dubai is an emerg­ing mar­ket,” he said.

“Dubai is ar­guably one of the most ex­cit­ing and dy­namic restau­rant ci­ties in the world,” he con­tin­ued.

“And with the Miche­lin head­quar­ters for Africa, In­dia and the Mid­dle East based here in Dubai, it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore the Miche­lin Guide comes to Dubai.”

In a city with more than 30 Miche­lin-rated celebrity chefs, it’s about time the top culi­nary guide was here, said Ste­fan Breg, Global Vice Pres­i­dent of Food & Bev­er­age at Star­wood Ho­tels & Re­sorts.

While Miche­lin likes to keep Lon­don, Paris Tokyo and New York as the four great culi­nary ci­ties of the world, Dubai de­serves to be recog­nised for it’s world-class cui­sine, Breg told 7DAYS.

“When some­one asks how good is the food in Dubai, [it’s dif­fi­cult to say be­cause] we don’t have a bench­mark,” Breg said.

“What Miche­lin would do is give us a global mea­sure of how good food re­ally is here,” he added.

Dubai cur­rently has a host of top restau­rant to sat­isfy din­ers, in­clud­ing eater­ies such as Nobu, at At­lantis, and Zuma in DIFC, he said.

“Th­ese are the global heavy­weights of cheff­ing but would they be able to make a leap to go from where we are now to the global Miche­lin standard?”

Es­tab­lished by the big­gest tyre man­u­fac­tur­ers on the planet the guide sys­tem will raise the bar in Dubai’s sat­u­rated restau­rant mar­ket.

It would also boost gour­man­dis­ing tourist num­bers and di­ver­sify the food and bev­er­age in­dus­try, Breg said.

“With more restau­rants we know that malls would grow, and ho­tels will grow, which will help the in­dus­try keep apace with the grow­ing de­mand of Expo 2020.”

France has the most Miche­lin stars, with 485 restau­rants with one Miche­lin star, 83 twostarred restau­rants and 26 restau­rants with three stars, fol­lowed by Ja­pan, which has 298 (1 star), 99 (2 star) and 25 (3 star). The Zayed Giv­ing Ini­tia­tive has con­ducted 85 heart surg­eries in Su­dan. The surg­eries were car­ried out un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the UAE, French and Su­danese vol­un­tary med­i­cal teams as part first op­er­a­tional phase of the Zayed Heart Hu­man­i­tar­ian Mo­bile Hos­pi­tal. Emi­rati Heart Sur­geon Dr Adel Al Shamri, CEO of the Zayed Giv­ing Ini­tia­tive said the heart surg­eries are con­ducted free of charge to the needy pa­tients, not­ing that over 7, 000 heart surg­eries have been so far con­ducted in the UAE, Egypt, Bos­nia, Jor­dan, Syria, Ye­men, Kenya, Pak­istan, Tan­za­nia, Le­banon, So­ma­lia, In­dia and Su­dan.

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