A definitive Sheikh Mohammed dining guide…

If you’re looking to dine at royally approved restaurants, then this is the ultimate guide for you. H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai is often seen supporting the hospitality industry in his city. These restaurants have all received the royal stamp of approval by Sheikh Mohammed.

Alaya

 

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Back in September 2022, Sheikh Mohammed visited one of Chef Izu Ani’s much loved restaurants. Alaya posted a video of the Dubai Ruler shaking hands with the popular chef. Alaya’s cuisine is a culinary exploration from the coast of the Orient through to the Mediterranean, combining east and west in an authentic and modern way.

Alaya, Gate Village 4, DIFC, open daily from midday to 4pm and 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (0)4 570 6289 alaya-dubai.com @alayadubai

The Arts Club

The exclusive members club in DIFC welcomed Sheikh Mohammed when it first opened. The Arts Club has a long history of hosting the world’s most affluent and influential people at its London venue, so it comes as no surprise that the Dubai version appears to be akin. Sheikh Mohammed was said to have dined at the Nikkei restaurant Rōhen. We can only presume Sheikh Mohammed is a VIP member.

Rōhen, The Arts Club Dubai, ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC, daily 8am to 2am, members only. (0)4 422 7679. theartsclub.ae

CE LA VI

 

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Having opened back in January of 2020, CE LA VI has quickly become a hotspot for the perfect Instagrammable location with incredible food created by chef Howard Ko and an even better nightlife scene. The rooftop restaurant shared a snap of Sheikh Mohammed in attendance, coupled with the caption ‘a great honour to welcome him.’

CE LA VI, Level 54, Address Sky View, Downtown Dubai, daily 12pm to 4pm and 6pm to 12am restaurant, 12pm to 2am sky bar. Tel: (04) 582 6111. celavi.com

Farzi Cafe

 

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A restaurant famous for its modern and unique Indian cuisine, Farzi Cafe has welcomed Sheikh Mohammed to dine on more than one occasion. In 2017, the restaurant posted on their Instagram a photo of His Highness with the caption ‘we again had the honour of His Highness visit us at Farzi Cafe.’

Farzi Cafe, Building No5, City Walk, open Sun to Thu 10am to 11pm and Fri to Sat 10am to midnight. Tel: (0)52 689 2012 @farzidubai

Gaia

 

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It’s no secret that the royal family are regular guests of Chef Izu Ani’s restaurants, but one they’ve been spotted at is upscale Grecian restaurant, Gaia. Both Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan have been seen in the restaurant on more than one occasion, dining on array of Chef Izu’s signature dishes.

Gaia, Gate Village 4, DIFC, Dubai, daily 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 241 4242. @gaia__dxb

Shanghai Me

Sheikh Mohammed restaurants

An upscale Asian restaurant inspired by the glamour of 1930s Shanghai, Shanghai Me is split between a luxurious bar and lounge, bamboo-lined terrace and restaurant. On the menu guests can expect a blend of flavours from across East Asia, with a mix of lighter plates and more indulgent dishes designed to suit every taste. Sheikh Mohammed was photographed in the restaurant shortly after the opening, in 2019, sharing a sweet interaction with a little girl who approached him for a photo.

Shanghai Me, Gate Village, DIFC, open daily from midday to 4pm and 6pm to midnight. Tel: (0)4 564 0505 shanghaime-restaurant.com

SushiSamba

 

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Most recently, Sheikh Mohammed was photographed visiting one of our personal favourites, SushiSamba. SushiSamba posted the photo onto their Instagram saying that it was an honour to welcome His Highness to the restaurant. The Palm restaurant has some of the most incredible views and divine dishes, so it’s no surprise that the Dubai Ruler paid this one a visit.

SushiSamba, St. Regis, The Palm Jumeirah, open daily from 1pm to 3pm and 6pm to 2am. Tel: (0)4 278 4888 sushisamba.com @sushisambadubai