“Home to hundreds of nationalities, Dubai has emerged from a trading port to become one of the world’s most diverse business and travel destinations,” Michelin said. “It has developed an interesting dining culture, taking influence from cuisines from around the world, including the emirate’s own Arabic specialities.”

Issam Kazim, chief executive of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, says: “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 insights into the diversity, creativity and multicultural nature of [the] culinary offering.”

The Michelin Guide is best known for bestowing stars on select restaurants, with three being the maximum restaurants can lay claim to.

The stars are defined as:

  • 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.

“The stars are not a matter of style or decor — only the quality of the food counts,” Michelin said.

Selection criteria

Food quality is the overarching reason for a restaurant’s inclusion in the Michelin Guide. This is gauged based on five criteria:

1. The quality of the ingredients

2. The mastery of cooking

3. The harmony of flavours

4. The personality of the chef reflected through the cuisine

5. The consistency both over time and across the entire menu

The stars are awarded to restaurants and not chefs (who may choose to move on to other pastures), and the selection is updated once a year. This means a restaurant can lose its place in the guide, should it not live up to the mark. More information on the criteria will be available on guide.michelin.com

Source: The National