Dubai’s exceptional cuisine has brought the first Michelin stars of the Middle East to the United Arab Emirates. 

The Michelin Guide Dubai 2022 recognized no fewer than 11 restaurants in the city with the highly coveted star, strengthening the city’s position as a thriving global metropolis. 

The Michelin Guide is named after French brothers André and Édouard Michelin, who began their commercial ventures with a tire company in 1889, when there were fewer than 3,000 cars in France. A year later, the company would start producing the famous cuisine guide, which is recognized universally as the most refined international authority on culinary talent around the world. 

The gastronomic guide employs a three-star system to rate restaurants. One Michelin star indicates high-quality cooking that is worth a stop on your journey. Two stars are awarded for excellent cooking that is worth a detour. Three stars suggest exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.

Only two Dubai restaurants were awarded two Michelin stars: the modern Italian-cuisine venue Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, and the French-inspired eatery STAY by Yannick Alléno. Nine other restaurants in the city received one star, including Armani Ristorante, an exclusive Italian eatery located in the iconic Burj Khalifa skyscraper.

While no Dubai restaurant received three stars, the Michelin Guide recognitions will boost Dubai’s position as a rising star in the Middle East and internationally, known for high-class restaurants and entertainment. 

Though the cuisine guide has been associated historically with honoring the most well-established restaurants, it is eyeing a future niche in conferring special awards upon talented chefs worldwide. 

This year, Michelin presented the Young Chef Award to Solemann Haddad, chef and founder of the Moonrise restaurant in Dubai, for his unique talents in blending Japanese and Middle Eastern food. In addition, the cuisine guide recognized Haddad’s multicultural background as a culinary asset. 

“Born and bred in Dubai, with a French mother and Syrian father, Solemann’s fascination with food and Japan began at a very early age,” the guide stated. “Mostly self-taught, this eloquent, passionate and thoughtful chef is only too happy to explain his dishes, their origins, and even divulge the secrets of how he executes them.” 

According to the Michelin Guide, Haddad reportedly fuses local ingredients with his heritage, to deliver an omakase (chef-selected) menu that blends kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner, with Middle Eastern ingredients.


For the expected influx of people who wish to taste from Dubai’s Michelin-mentioned menus, the city of Dubai will reportedly add 10,000 new villas and townhouses over the next two years. 

While the UAE city looks to meet the demand of its growing population, the pandemic has changed buying patterns in the Emirati real estate market, with a recent focus on purchasing completed projects more so than planned units. 

Over the past 40 years, Dubai has been transformed, from a sleepy Middle Eastern backwater to a global metropolis of more than 3.5 million people, as of April 2022. Dubai’s rapidly growing population is projected to increase an additional 65% by the year 2040. 

Madhav Dhar, co-founder and COO of the company ZāZEN Properties, addressed Dubai’s real estate challenges and projection of 5.8 million new residents by 2040. 

Around half a million Europeans and North Americans live in the UAE, constituting around 5% of the country’s 10 million people. 

“Whether it is apartments or villas, the city is bustling with constant new developments and is ready for the growing population,” Dhar said.

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