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It’s been clear for some time now that Dubai’s fortunes are firmly on the rise, and if there was any minor loss of momentum coming through the global financial crisis, the city is now firmly back in top gear.\nLook beyond the rounds of gleaming skyscrapers springing up and the mind-boggling attractions being announced daily, and it’s clear the food industry is keeping up with the pace – not least because of the fresh wave of celebrity chefs sizing up the emirate.\n
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\nPreparing to celebrate its sixth birthday in September, Gary Rhodes’ first Dubai restaurant joins his empire of three UK restaurants – which between them pack a total of six Michelin stars.\nLocation: Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina.
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Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire
\nRenowned three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire serves up sensational French menus at Dubai’s Reflets.\nLocation: Intercontinental Dubai Festival City.
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\nBest known as the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star for his native cuisine, Atul Kochhar’s young venue, based in the tallest hotel in the world, impresses with gourmet cuisine from across India’s culinary map.\nLocation: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed.
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\nWorld-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa continues to redefine Japanese cuisine in Dubai with his renowned eponymous restaurant, which was co-founded in New York with Robert De Niro.\nLocation: Atlantis the Palm, Palm Jumeirah.
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Table 9 by Nick and Scott
\nYou’ve only got a few months to visit this restaurant from Dubai’s very own celebrity chef duo. Former Gordon Ramsey protégés Nick Alvis and Scott Price took over the space occupied by their mentor’s former Verve restaurant in 2011, but recently announced they will be moving on to new ventures themselves at the end of 2013. \nLocation: Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira.
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Verre by Gordon Ramsay
\nBefore Table 9 there was Verre. Opened at the Hilton Dubai Creek in 2001, long before Dubai’s global ascent was noticed by many of his competitors, Gordon Ramsay was one of the first celebrity chefs to set up shop here, and played a hand in putting the emirate’s culinary scene on the international map. Ramsay jumped ship in 2011, scaling back much of his international operations amidst the global financial crisis. \nClosed.
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Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen
\nRichard Sandoval opened his first Maya in New York in 1997, before introducing his fine-dining Mexican concept to Dubai back in 2006. In recent years this restaurant ran the risk of being overshadowed by the opening of Sandoval’s other big Latino restaurant, not ten minutes walk way, Toro Toro. Thankfully a February relaunch has kept Maya safely on the map. \nLocation: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa.
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Indego by Vineet
\nIndia's prominent two-star Michelin chef Vineet Bhatia opened Dubai’s Indego back in 2005, and is renowned for his London restaurant Rasoi. \nLocation: Grosvenor House Dubai.
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\nItalian chef Giorgio Locatelli is best known for his two restaurants in London, which have one Michelin star apiece. Here he’s the chief consultant for Ronda Locatelli at Atlantis, and is soon to sign a new restaurant, Locanda, in Dubai.\nLocation: Atlantis The Palm.
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\nGary Rhodes’ second Dubai venue is a specialist steakhouse, with suitable hype.\nLocation: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa.
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\nA fixture in every major British city, Dubai’s Jamie’s Italian, in Festival City, is only the second of the chain’s branches to be opened outside of the UK. And he’s bringing another branch to the emirates soon. \nLocation: Dubai Festival City Mall.
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\nA celebrity chef with more than 25 restaurants, Richard Sandoval visits Dubai twice a year. On one such visit he opened his latest Latin-American concept here, Toro Toro, which celebrates its second birthday later this year.\nLocation: Grosvenor House Dubai.
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Options by Sanjeev Kapoor
\nThe first of two Dubai restaurant brands from India’s household name Sanjeev Kapoor.\nLocations: Convention Centre Office Tower, Dubai World Trade Centre and Mövenpick Hotel Deira.
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Rostang, The French Brasserie
\nMichel Rostang, a two-star Michelin chef, brings Paris to Dubai with his restaurant Rostang. It’s in good company amongst the likes of Nobu and Ronda Locatelli at Atlantis The Palm. \nLocation: Atlantis the Palm.
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Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill
\nA collaboration between British chef Marco Pierre White and Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, this JBR hotspot is a renowned award winner. \nLocation: Al Fattan Towers, Jumeirah Walk, JBR.
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STAY by Yannick Alléno
\nFrench chef Yannick Alléno was awarded three Michelin stars for his Paris restaurant Le Meurice, before parting company earlier this year. He brings his expertise to The Palm’s STAY – which, appropriately enough, is an acronym for Simple Table Yannick Alléno.\nLocation: One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah.
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Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor
\nThis newer, classier joint from Indian celeb Kapoor offers an unexpected fusion twist.\nLocation: Melia Dubai, Bur Dubai.
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\nGregarious Italian restaurateur Antonio Carluccio has brought his familiar UK chain of quality Italian eateries to three locations in Dubai.\nLocations: The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Mirdif City Center and Dubai Marina Mall.
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Wheeler's of St James's Dubai
\nOpened in the autumn of 2012, Wheeler’s is a stylish revival of the world’s oldest and finest fish eatery, which was established in the heart of London in 1856, and is now owned by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.\nLocation: Gate Village, DIFC.
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Titanic by Marco Pierre White
\nMarco Pierre White’s other big Dubai dalliance has fared less well. Opening amid a flurry of obvious ‘sinking ship’ jokes last spring in the then-new Meliá Dubai hotel, Titanic sunk beneath the surface with little trace little over a year later. \nClosed.