The Middle East's top 10 restaurants to sample in 2012

From chic décor to international cuisine, we look at the best dining places to explore this year
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Hakkasan, Qatar. The fine-dining Cantonese restaurant brand will debut in Qatar with an outlet opening in the soon-to-be-launched St Regis Doha. It is set to open in June and will be the eighth Hakkasan.
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Jamie's Italian, Dubai. With 290 seats and a pasta bar and mezzanine, Jamie's Italian opened in Dubai's Festival City in 2011 with the hope of bringing the authentic Italian food experience to the UAE.
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S.T.A.Y, Beirut. This French concept opened in Lebanon in October 2011 and offers the original way of tasting French cuisine. It is the brainchild of three-Michelin star chef, Yannick All'no.
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The Ivy, Dubai. The Ivy opened mid-2011 and emulates the ambience, the service and the food style of the original Ivy in London's West End. It features a private dining room and a 60-seat terrace.
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Gaucho, Dubai. The award-winning Argentine restaurant is newly opened in Dubai International Financial Centre, serving ceviches, traditional empanadas and renowned steak cuts.
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Cucina, Kuwait. A stylish new entrant to Kuwait's dining scene was Cucina at Hotel Missoni, the product of a licence agreement between The Rezidor Hotel Group and the Missoni fashion house.
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'O' by Okku, Saudi Arabia. A dry version of the Dubai Japanese restaurant and bar concept is set to open in Jeddah in the Al Furusiya complex, part of the Park Hyatt in 2012. It is a tweaked version of Okku.
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Zuma, Beirut. The restaurant and bar concept, now in its third year of operation, has announced its plans for Middle Eastern expansion, beginning with Zuma Beirut, set to open in early 2012.
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Roberto's, Dubai. This Italian 'lifestyle venue' will be a a restaurant-cum-bar-cum-lounge concept. It will open in DIFC and offer 'Roman passion for food, Riccione hospitality, and Milanese style'.
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Amador, Abu Dhabi. Amador is Michelin-starred Juan Amador's new signature fine dining concept at Abu Dhabi's five-star Park Rotana hotel, and will formally open its doors on February 9, 2012.