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Michelin Guide Dubai to launch in June 2022

The Middle East’s first-ever Michelin guide is set to attract more talent to the region

  • The launch of the Michelin Guide Dubai was revealed at Dubai’s new Museum of the Future on Tuesday 29 March 2022
  • The inaugral 2022 listing will be revealed in June, but details of the event have not yet been revealed
  • Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin guides are currently published in 35 destinations
  • Michelin Guide Dubai will be the first Michelin guide in the Middle East

In a hotly anticipated press conference held at Dubai’s Museum of the Future, the international director of the Michelin Guides, Gwendal Poullennec (pictured centre), announced the launch of the Middle East’s first-ever Michelin guide, Michelin Guide Dubai.

Home to more than two hundred nationalities, Dubai has emerged from a trading port in the Arabian Gulf to become one of the world’s most famous business and travel destinations.

The diversity of Dubai’s population has produced a multi-cultural dining scene and a competitive hospitality industry that offers world-class fine and casual dining alike

The introduction of Michelin – arguably the world’s most prestigious restaurant ranking – is set to attract more talent to the region, not only chefs, but those working as maitre ‘d or chef de rang, both senior waiter roles, addressing the sometimes lacking service standards.

“We are delighted to announce that Dubai will be joining the Michelin Guide family,” said Poullennec. “Our team of inspectors is already in the field, in order to prepare the first selection of restaurants, which will be revealed in June.”

Chief executive officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Issam Kazim (pictured left), added: “Already one of the world’s most popular destination, 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 talented chefs and thousands of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines from fine dining to street food, the Michelin Guide Dubai will provide a fresh perspective and new insights into the diversity, creativity and multi-cultural nature of Dubai’s culinary offering. We are excited to discover the special selection for Dubai.”

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The selection will be made according to the tried and tested methodology applied by Michelin inspectors all over the world, based on five criteria:

  • the quality of the ingredients
  • the mastery of cooking
  • the harmony of flavours
  • the personality of the chef displayed through the cuisine
  • consistency both over time and across the menu

The Michelin Guide system of distinctions ranges from one to three Michelin Stars.

  • One Michelin Star = high quality cooking that is worth a stop
  • Two Michelin Stars = excellent cooking that is worth a detour
  • Three Michelin Stars = 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 Michelin Guide is published in 35 destinations. Dubai will be the 36th destination, putting the emirate on the global culinary map.

For more information, visit guide.michelin.com

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