The Michelin Guide is launching in Dubai this year

It's the first time the 'Little Red Book' will be reviewing restaurants in the UAE

Updated on • Written By Ellie Donnell

The Michelin Guide is launching in Dubai this year

The Michelin Guide already covers restaurants in 36 areas across the globe, including North America, South America, Asia Pacific and Europe, but this year it’s adding a new country to the list. For the first time ever, The Michelin Guide is launching in Dubai to recognise its ’'very interesting dining culture which takes influence from cuisines from around the world.’’

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The first selection of restaurants is due to be revealed in June 2022, with the guide awarding both its famous stars, which are widely regarded as the ultimate hallmark of culinary excellence, and Bib Gourmands which are awarded to restaurants that offer great food at a good-value price point. An official date for the unveiling of Dubai’s Michelin list has not yet been confirmed.  

As part of an official announcement from the red guide, International Director of the Michelin Guides Gwendal Poullennec commented: “We are delighted to announce that Dubai will be joining the Michelin Guide family. Our team of inspectors is already on the field, in order to prepare the first selection of restaurants, which will be revealed in June. 

“We will be showcasing the best of Dubai’s gastronomy, to reflect not just the sophistication that the city is famed for, but also the wide diversity of cuisines that the city’s location and history provide.” 

Dubai has long been a centre for diverse cuisines and internationally-renowned chefs, including many British names that have opened restaurants there: Jason Atherton, Gordon Ramsay, Simon Rimmer and Jamie Oliver to name a few. It is also home to one of SquareMeal's latest ventures - SquareMeal.ae.

As a quick reminder, the guide will apply the same criteria to its choice as it does for the rest of the world: one star signifying ‘high quality cooking that is worth a stop’, two stars for ‘excellent cooking that is worth a detour’ and three stars for ‘exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey’. 

Interested in the best of the best? Explore our guide to Michelin-quality restaurants in Dubai.