The Dubai ruler paid a visit to a new chocolatier, while DIFC’s latest Greek restaurant got the royal seal of approval from Sheikh Hamdan…

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai is no stranger to Dubai’s restaurant scene. The Dubai ruler is often spotted dining around the city from City Walk cafe’s to local Emirati eats in Souk Al Bahar.

But his latest visit is to The Dubai Mall – and it’s luxury chocolatier – Maison Pierre Marcolini.

Founded in 1995 by celebrated Belgian chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini, it’s become one of the world’s most famous chocolate shops, having opened its first Middle Eastern store only a few weeks ago.

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Although we’re not sure what Sheikh Mohammed was browsing for when he paid the store a visit on Tuesday February 19, he was seen speaking to staff and touring an array of products at the vast new chocolatier.

And he wasn’t the only royal spotted out and about in the city on Tuesday.

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai has also been spotted dining across town in DIFC.

Having only just opened on Sunday February 17, the team at Avli by Tashas said the were ‘honoured’ to have been visited by Dubai’s Crown Prince, as they took to Instagram to share a picture of Sheikh Hamdan with Natasha Sideris, the restauranteur behind the new concept.


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Avli by Tashas is the second licensed concept from Natasha Sideris, the founder of popular cafe chain, tashas.

Inspired by Natasha’s Greek heritage, avli is described as reminiscent of modern Athenian culture and promises a ‘sophisticated yet laid-back space’ that’s set to transport guests straight back to the Med.

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