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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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Shabestan, Dubai

Dubai's genesis as a regional trading hub started with 18th-century Persian emigrants lured by duty-free tax privileges. Their nostalgic descendents (and...more

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Table 9 By Nick and Scott, Dubai

The former Verre, Dubai's first celeb-chef outpost, was launched by Gordon Ramsay. When he decamped (not that he was often in Dubai) in October 2010, sous chefs...more

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Tagine, Dubai

You'll have to duck to enter the tiny doorway cut out of enormous wooden gates that lead to Tagine, a slice of Marrakech transported to Dubai's One&Only Royal...more

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Zheng He's, Dubai

If you feel like dim sum (no matter what time of day), get a table at Zheng He's, a sophisticated spot decorated with dark woods, red lanterns, and...more

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Zuma, Dubai

Despite competition from Okku and the Dubai branch of Nobu, Zuma, the London-founded sushi house, still pulls in a clientele of Emirati sheiks (including...more

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