InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) on Sunday announced that top UK-based chef Jason Atherton will debut his first restaurant in the Middle East in the upcoming InterContinental Dubai Marina.
Atherton cut his culinary teeth in Dubai when he served as executive chef of Gordon Ramsey's restaurant Verre in 2001.
He then gained worldwide recognition in 2011 when his flagship London restaurant, Pollen Street Social, was awarded a Michelin star just one year after opening its doors.
Atherton is now returning to Dubai to expand his international culinary reach, which includes highly acclaimed restaurants in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.
Atherton said: "The Marina has transformed by leaps and bounds since I last lived here 10 years ago, and it's exciting to be a part of the area's vibrant culinary scene.
"I'm looking forward to working with InterContinental Hotels and Resorts and being a part of their repertoire of world-class signature restaurants."
Part of the Bay Central development, InterContinental Dubai Marina is set to open by the end of 2014 and will feature 132 hotel rooms, 196 InterContinental Residential Suites and seven additional food and beverage outlets, including restaurants, bars and a nightclub.
Phil Broad, vice president of Food & Beverage, Asia, Middle East and Africa, at IHG, said: "Food is a critical part of travelling and entertaining and we understand the need to deliver extraordinary dining experiences for our guests and diners. That's why we have established this partnership with Jason Atherton."
InterContinental Dubai Marina will be the fourth IHG hotel in the UAE, joining InterContinental Abu Dhabi and InterContinental Dubai Festival City.
IHG currently has 18 hotels open in the UAE and seven hotels in the development pipeline.