Is the restaurant scene in Dubai oversaturated?

The UAE is one of the world’s leading food and beverage markets, worth Dh52.4 billion in 2015, according to global market research group Euromonitor. Dubai alone has about 7,500 places to eat, from street cafes and fast-food outlets to fine-dining and high-end restaurants established by big-name chefs. Many will showcase their best dishes during Dubai…

The meal deal

Dubai has become one of the world’s best cities for fine dining. So how did this happen, and can the city sustain this huge boom in high-end restaurants? In many ways, Dubai is comparable to Las Vegas. While neither had a long history of fine dining, both were desert towns pushing for tourism and the…

Catch

It’s on the site where Spectrum On One used to be, with it’s massive, decadent brunch that had become a weekly challenge to get more than your money’s worth. That it’s now a restaurant is probably a good thing. The ghosts of a thousand stumbling girls being carried out by friends have been exorcised by…

Cove Beach

There’s long been this idea among some that Dubai could become the sin-free, slightly more upmarket version of Ibiza. For those who subscribe to that notion, the recent opening of Cove Beach at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is probably what they had in mind. To start, hats off to the architect and interior designer. The main…

Gaucho

Dubai has a lot of steakhouses. More than a city of this size and population really needs, so if you’re going to stand out then you need to be exceptionally good or markedly different from the competition. And this is why you should know that Gaucho is not a steakhouse, it’s an Argentinean restaurant. To…

Coya

  No lesser name than Alain Ducasse claimed that “Peru will become one of the leading actors on the global culinary scene” and London has been getting excited about Peruvian cuisine for some time now. Coya was one of several places that helped kickstart that Peruvian food trend a couple of years ago and now…

Why are Gulf States buying land in Africa?

Wealthy Gulf countries and private companies alike have been buying up land in Africa for their own strategic purposes. The driving force behind this move is the need for “food security” in a world where competition for food is increasing as populations grow. The Gulf imports 85 percent of its basic food requirements and accordingly,…