UAE charity performs heart surgeries
Food for thought as city to get Michelin Guide
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.