10 royal-approved Dubai restaurants


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We’ll have what Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan are having, thanks.

Want a feast fit for a king? Or at least a steak fit for a… sheikh?

Then you’ll want to know where H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, have been dining recently.

From burger joints to kebab shops (yes, some of them might surprise you), here are 10 eateries where Dubai’s royals have been spotted…


Earlier this month, Sheikh Hamdan was among the first diners to visit Fika, a health-focused Mediterranean concept in Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Another concept by chef Izu Ani – it’s clear Dubai’s Crown Prince is a fan, as he’s already been spotted at Carine, Gaia (several times), The Lighthouse and Izu’s latest concept, Aya. Fika took to Instagram to share a photo of Sheikh Hamdan, describing his visit as “a pleasure”.

Avli by Tashas

Three days after opening, Avli by Tashas in Four Seasons DIFC was visited by Dubai’s Sheikh Hamdan. During his visit, Dubai’s Crown Prince warmly greeting owner and restauranteur Natasha Sideris, with the venue sharing this picture of the two together in the restaurant.

avli by tashas, Four Seasons DIFC, Gate Village, DIFC, daily 12pm to 3pm, 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 356 0008. avlibytashas


We reckon Dubai’s Crown Prince must be a fan of Greek food. Earlier this year he was spotted dining at Gaia, then at Avli by Tashas, and only a month later, he paid a visit to Rixos Premium JBR and it’s beachside restaurant, Ammos. Ammos said ‘it was a great honour’ to have been visited by Dubai’s Crown Prince, as they took to Instagram to share a picture of Sheikh Hamdan with their head chef and restaurant manager.

Ammos, Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, Dubai, daily 12pm to 5.30pm and 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (052) 777 9473. ammosgreek.com

BB Social Dining

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Sheikh Hamdan has been spotted dining several times at BB Social Dining. On his first visit last year, the Crown Prince shared some tasty-looking pics to Instagram of the BB bao, cauliflower popcorn, crispy sprouts, and edamame hummus.

Gate Village 8, DIFC, Dubai, Saturday to Wednesday noon to midnight, Thursday and Friday noon to 1am. Tel: (04) 407 4444. thisisbb.com


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Always one to stay on top of the latest Dubai hotspots, in February 2018, Sheikh Hamdan was also spotted at Masti, the modern Indian restaurant at La Mer. The royal enjoyed the ‘gram-worthy tuna bhel tartare, as well as the picture-perfect lotus tiramisu.

La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, daily noon to midnight, upstairs lounge 5pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3444384. mastidubai.com


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The Greek restaurant in DIFC by Chef Izu Ani has been visited several times by Sheikh Hamdan, and even by Sheikh Mohammed on one occasion. The Crown Prince is clearly a fan of Chef Izu – he has previously visited two of the chef’s other restaurants; Izu Brasserie and The Lighthouse, and since been spotted at Aya, Fika and Carine.

Gaia, Gate Village 4, DIFC, Dubai, daily 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 241 4242. facebook.com/Gaiarestaurantdubai


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“We are a young country, proud of its youth.” It was this Sheikh Mohammed quote that inspired Flow, a healthy-eating cafe in Jumeirah Emirates Towers staffed entirely by young people. Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan popped in for a cup of coffee in May 2017.

First Floor, The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 7am to 8pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 5pm. Tel: (04) 319 8767. flowdubai.com

Farzi Cafe

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Farzi Cafe is a bit of a Sheikh Mohammed fave – he’s been spotted at the modern Indian bistro at least four times since it opened in June 2016. The chic City Walk spot is an offshoot of the flagship restaurant in New Delhi, founded by “prince of Indian cuisine” Zorawar Kalra.

City Walk, Dubai, Sat to Weds 10am to midnight, Thurs and Fri 10am to 1am. Tel: (04) 394 2556. farzicafe.ae


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Located in Souk Al Bahar, this fine-dining Emirati fusion restaurant is another one of Sheikh Mohammed’s favourites. The restaurant even has Arabic calligraphy and poems written by Sheikh Mohammed adorning the walls.

Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, daily noon until 1am. Tel: (04) 513 6207. sirajrestaurant.com

Al Ustad Special Kabab

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Legendary Iranian restaurant Al Ustad Special Kabab has been serving up its mouth-watering kababs since 1978, making it one of Dubai’s longest-running restaurants. The walls are covered with photos of some of its high-profile diners – including Sheikh Hamdan.

Al Mankhool Road near Al Fahidi Metro Station, Bur Dubai. Daily noon to 4pm, 6.30pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 397 1933.

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