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Dubai restaurants

Swank global chain outposts and celebrity-chef-branded restaurants are patronized by wealthy Emiratis and foreign technocrats. Don't be surprised if you eat the tastiest and most authentic dishes at one of the legions of inexpensive restaurants geared toward Asian construction workers and service industry employees. Alcohol is criminally expensive and is only served in restaurants attached to licensed hotels or clubs; the fact that almost every food item must be imported to this desert state adds to the bill. People eat late in Dubai, with few diners at the fancier establishments sitting down before 9 pm. Days off are Friday and Saturday, so booking in advance is essential on Thursday and Friday nights, and for Champagne-soused Friday brunches.

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Al Mahara, Dubai

Eating at the flagship seafood restaurant in what is still the most opulent hotel in the city is as much about the experience as it is about the cuisine. An...more

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Almaz by Momo, Dubai

This combination tea salon, shisha bar, restaurant, boutique, and Wi-Fi lounge, opened on the third floor of the Dubai Harvey Nichols' branch by London...more

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Al Nafoorah, Dubai

Al Nafoorah is another regular haunt of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad, who loves its authentic Lebanese food (and doesn't seem to mind the dark, slightly...more

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Atmosphere, Dubai

On the 122nd floor of the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, the world's highest restaurant has the air of a cruise ship in the sky. The decor of its two...more

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Buddha Bar, Dubai

Adored by Dubai's society set, the Buddha Bar is done up in sumptuous burgundy and gold velvets, dark woods, and rich red chandeliers, giving an illusion of...more

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New Café Bateel, Dubai

Launched by Saudi Arabia's gourmet date company, Café Bateel is a casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot with branches across the city (including the...more

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Okku, Dubai

Youthful media types head to Okku for modern Japanese seafood, including seared sea scallops with figs and truffles and exquisitely presented sushi. The...more

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Ravi's Restaurant, Dubai

This Pakistani fast-food institution on the Satwa roundabout existed well before the era of artificial islands to serve laborers from the subcontinent who built...more

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Sammach, Dubai

Locals flock to this low-key Lebanese seafood haunt, despite its shopping-mall location and hackneyed maritime decor; both the food and service are better, if...more

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Sarai, Dubai

Sarai serves fresh-baked pita, Levantine mezes, and specialties from Syria, Armenia, and Turkey. Grab a seat on the terrace at one of the umbrella-shaded...more

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