55 new bars, restaurants and beach clubs opening soon in Dubai

Keep these on your radar…

Dubai is a city that never stands still with new venues popping up all of the time. We’re bringing you the inside scoop on some of the most exciting bars, restaurants and beach clubs opening in Dubai in the coming months. 

Bookmark this list as we will keep it updated…


Benny Mack’s

Benny Mack's

If you live in, or frequent Town Square Dubai, here’s some fresh and very exciting news for you, the first licensed pub is opening this November in the area. Benny Mack’s by Ben’s Farmhouse is the newest addition to the culinary roster of Dubai and it’s opening its doors in Town Square very soon. Expect a dining experience laced with loads of London gastro-pub charm to descend this December, courtesy of Chef Ben Tobbit. The menu, carefully crafted by Chef Ben fuses the quintessential gastro-pub charm from his hometown with a global flavour.

Benny Mack’s, Town Square, opening soon. @bennymacksdxb

Brass Monkey, City Walk

Brass Monkey

Already a fun-filled spot on Bluewaters for drinks, games, bowling, dining and all-round good fun, Brass Monkey will open a second Dubai venue, this time in City Walk, in the coming months. A date is still yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely to be before the end of the year. We’re hopeful for the same chilled-out vibes and plenty of activities when it lands.

Brass Monkey, City Walk, Dubai, opening late 2023. @brassmonkeysocial


Get ready to party at Celeste, a sizzling new nightlife venue opening in SO/Uptown. While the hotel is already welcoming guests, you’ll have to wait a little while longer to enjoy the upscale cuisine and lively party atmosphere at the Parisian-Pigalle style spot.

Celeste, SO/ Uptown Dubai, JLT, opening December 2023. 

Franky in Florence

The Park is a new concept brought to you by Tom Arnel, the man behind some of our favourite Aussie-inspired cafes and eateries. The EatX concept stretches over three floors, with each floor housing a different concept to create a new foodie hotspot in JLT. Still to come is Franky in Florence, an open-sky Italian on the building’s rooftop, where guests can enjoy an aperitivo spritz and a plate of antipasti or wood fired pizza.

Frankie in Florence, The Park, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, opening December 2023. eatx.com

La Vita

La Vita is the name of a new Dubai beach club currently under construction at the southernmost point of Palm West Beach, just beyond FIVE Palm Jumeirah. This beach club not only sits in front of one of the most ultra-luxury residences in the city, One at Palm Jumeirah by Dorchester Collection, but the hoarding advertisers that La Vita is a concept by Mine & Yours Group.

La Vita, One at Palm Jumeirah by Dorchester Collection, Palm West Beach, opening December 2023. 


Top Andalusian chef Dani García is set to open his first restaurant in Dubai very soon. The man behind some of Spain’s top restaurants, including BiBo, Lobito de Mar and Dani Brasserie, will bring his sleek steakhouse Leña to The Palm in 2023. If you’re not familiar with the brand, let us introduce you. Leña was born in Marbella in the summer of 2020, replacing chef Dani García’s eponymous fine dining restaurant, which the chef announced would close just 21 days after it was awarded its third Michelin star. A year after opening Leña Marbella, an opening in Madrid followed, the same year that the Marbella restaurant was recognised with the highest accolade of the restaurant category at the 2021 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. So, we can expect some pretty wow-worthy interiors when the brand opens in Dubai.

Leña, St. Regis Gardens, at The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm – Palm Jumeirah, opening December 2023. groupodanigarcia.com

Maison La Plage

Set to open later this year on Palm Jumeirah is a beachfront restaurant from Dubai-born Fundamental Hospitality. The eatery is described as a beachfront escape inspired by the sun-drenched shores of the South of France. At the culinary helm is chef Izu Ani, so expect a delectable taste of the Med.

Maison La Plage, The Club at Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, opening December 2023.



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by NAC Dubai (@nacdubai)

Looking for a casual spot to catch up with your friends? Prepare to fill your feed with snaps of NAC, a popular Mayfair eatery set to open soon in Dubai. NAC, which stands for North Audley Canteen, is opening in a new development on the intersection of Al Wasl Road and Street 19, where Al Safa Centre used to be. On the menu, guests can expect to catch-up over picture-perfect sharing plates inspired by the chic restaurants of Paris, as well as decadent desserts perfect for an indulgent weekend treat. The breakfasts at NAC are also legendary, so expect to tuck into some of the tastiest shakshouka’s avo toasts and fluffy pancakes you’ve ever tried.

NAC, Huna Dubai, Al Wasl Road, opening December 2023. @nacdubai

Ninive at Bab Al Shams

Ninive, the beloved Middle Eastern eatery in DIFC, will open as a breathtaking desert destination within Bab Al Shams. Recreating the stunning surrounds of a Bedouin tent, Ninive at Bab Al Shams promises much of the same ambiance and flavour as the original in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, with elevated Middle Eastern and Anatolian cuisine taking centre stage in an enchanting surrounding.

Ninive, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, opening December 2023. @ninivedubai

Osterio Funkcoolio

Chef Akmal Anuar has unveiled plans for an exciting new restaurant in Dubai, and it’s set to open later this year. Known for his inventive, unlicensed Japanese restaurants, for his latest venture chef Akmal is turning his attention to Italian cuisine. The new Osteria Funkcoolio will have seating for just 30 guests, and while Italian flavours will be at the beating heart of the menu, chef Akmal isn’t moving entirely away from the Japanese cuisine he’s known and loved for. The new Port De La Mer eatery will instead serve ‘innovative Itameshi creations,’ which the chef describes as a collision of Italian cuisine and the best of Japanese Kyoto ingredients. So, we can’t wait to see what this menu looks like.

Osterio Funkcoolio, Port De La Mer, opening Q4 2023. @funkcoolio


Say goodbye Marina Social and buongiorno to Papa’s, a new Italian restaurant that replaces the former Jason Atherton restaurant at InterContinental Dubai Marina this December. The neighbourhood eatery has been kitted out to represent a classic Italian trattoria and of course, you can expect authentic hospitality which will teleport you to Italy with its attentive, kind and nurturing experiences. As for the food, we can expect rich classic Italian flavours combinations using secret cooking techniques and recipes passed down through generations.

Papa’s, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, opening December 2023. @papasdubai

Tania’s Teahouse

Tania's Dubai Hill

Cuppa tea-quila anyone? Beloved Tania’s Teahouse, the pretty pink cafe on Jumeirah Beach Road, is moving to a new location with a brand-new look and feel, and an alcohol license. That’s right if picking from the vast number of teas and coffees had you scratching your head, you will now have alcoholic sip options to pick from on the menu. Opening its doors in November, Tania’s will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a revamped menu, three event spaces, and a heightened in-house dining experience.

Tania’s, Dubai Hills Business Park, opening December 2023. @taniasteahouse

Vietnamese Foodies, Creek Harbour


Homegrown favourite Vietnamese Foodies will bring the vibrant flavours and aromas of Vietnam to a new location at Dubai Creek Harbour this December. Boasting a prime location with a capacity of 60 indoor dining seats and 20 outdoor dining seats, the restaurant is perched on the pretty waterfront promenade, offering a panoramic view of the 81-berth marina. Signature dishes include the 14-hour-bone-broth Beef Brisket rice paper rolls with avocado wasabi prawns, and the Banh Mi sandwich.

Vietnamese Foodies, Dubai Creek Harbour, opening December 2023. @vietnamesefoodies

Q1 2024

African Queen

Exotic fine dining restaurant African Queen is opening its first outpost outside of Europe at J1 Beach. From the French Riviera, the cult-followed restaurant is inspired by French culture and African flavours. Guests can expect Chef Paludetto’s signature Mediterranean dishes, from truffle pizza cooked over a wood fire to traditional niçoise with tuna, as well as exotic cocktails in a casual atmosphere.

African Queen, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 

Alba Restaurant and Bisou


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Bisou Restaurant Dubai (@bisou.dubai)

Heading to Dubai Opera soon? Take note, there are two new restaurants that will be opening their doors right outside Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai. During a recent visit to the performing arts centre, What’s On spotted two new restaurant hoardings a stone’s throw away from the Dubai Opera’s doors – Alba Restaurant and Bisou. Both restaurants are a concept by Metafoodies Restaurants Management, a new hospitality group launching in Dubai. According to posts on Instagram, Alba Restaurant is a ‘Mediterr-Asian’ restaurant, while Bisou Restaurant is a Modern French Middle Eastern restaurant. Both restaurants have yet to announce an opening date, but a photograph showcasing both restaurants on Bisou’s Instagram states ‘soon…’

Alba Restaurant and Bisou, Dubai Opera District, Downtown Dubai, opening soon. @bisou.dubai

Almayass by the Sea

This family-run Armenian-Lebanese restaurant will transport guests back to 1966 Beirut with its seafood menu filled with mezze-style dishes, fresh ingredients, and fusion of flavours. Started in Beirut, it will be the brand’s second outpost in the UAE, currently open at The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi which was awarded a Michelin Bib-Gourmand last year.

Almayass by the Sea, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 


From Rikas Hospitality comes Aretha, a chic restaurant and lounge that will remind you of the roaring twenties. Their second restaurant opening at the St Regis Gardens alongside just-opened Chez Wam, expect live entertainment that invokes the glory days of the jazz age complete with plush seating, gold detailing, and glittering chandeliers. It is set to open its doors in the coming months.

Aretha, St. Regis Gardens, at The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm – Palm Jumeirah, opening soon. @arethadubai

Arrazuna by Mehmet Gürs 

Featuring eight open kitchens and a gourmet retail offering where diners can shop signature products, Arrazuna by Mehmet Gurs is designed like a high-end food hall. Its cuisine will focus on the vibrant flavours of the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula when it opens at The Link.

Arrazuna by Mehmet Gurs, The Link, One&Only Za’abeel, opening soon. oneandonlyresorts.com

Asia Asia Palm Jumeirah

Set to welcome diners in early 2024, Asia Asia Palm Jumeirah will debut on the rooftop of Andaz Dubai The Palm, taking the space formerly occupied by Hanami. Across the 10,000 square foot space, guests can expect to drink, dine and party across a dining room, bar area, and terrace, which comes with panoramic views of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks.

Asia Asia Palm Jumeirah, Andaz Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, opening early 2024. @asiaasiauae



From the ultra-chic shores of Cannes and Miami, famed party hotspot Bâoli will open its first Middle East outpost next year at J1 Beach. With its lush jungle-inspired ambience, contemporary Japanese cuisine, live performances, and unforgettable party atmosphere, Bâoli is sure to be the city’s next hot ticket.

Bâoli, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 


Adding to the action-packed array of culinary and leisure offerings at W Dubai – The Palm sometime in the coming months is BCH: CLB, which will be the hotel’s brand new beach club. Details remain scarce, but what we do know is that BCH: CLB will incorporate a decorated restaurant for long, lazy lunches, a sandy bar for sundowners as well as a cabana-lined pool and even a retail area for snapping up your next beach club look.

BCH: CLB, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, opening soon. @bchclbdxb


Chouchou is described as the ‘first exclusive French beach house member’s club for Dubai’s avant-gardists and leaders’. Guests can tuck into delicious French dishes while listening to live artist performances and watching the sunset in a relaxing atmosphere. Bon appetit!

Chouchou, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 

DuangDy by Bo.Lan 

The brains behind Michelin starred restaurant, Bo.Lan, Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones will open DuangDy by Bo.Lan in The Link in February 2024. It promises to bring a slice of Bangkok’s most cutting-edge Thai experience to the city.

Bo.Lan, The Link, One&Only Za’abeel, opening early 2024. oneandonlyresorts.com


Set to open in January 2024 in Nad Al Sheba is Gerbou, a sustainable, homegrown restaurant that celebrates Emirati cuisine and culture. Gerbou, which means welcome to my humble abode in Arabic, will see Atelier House Hospitality join forces with Tashkeel, a beloved beacon of arts and culture in the UAE. Housed in a renovated building from 1987, the restaurant will offer both indoor and outdoor seating, with all spaces designed by Kristina Zanic Consultants. On the terrace, Ghaf trees will offer dappled shade, for those dining alfresco during the day. Mirroring the look and feel, the menu promises to be a flight through Arab and Emirati flavours, with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients taking centre stage.

Gerbou, Nad Al Sheba, opening January 2024. @gerbou

Gigi Rigolatto

Kicking off the new year in style, Gigi Rigolatto will open on J1 Beach in January 2024. Bringing the sun-drenched shores of St Tropez to the glittering city of Dubai, this all-encompassing space for long, leisurely days and unforgettable evenings by the beach will feature an Italian menu, two terraces, an indoor restaurant, a garden, a Bellini bar, a kids’ circus and a wellness area.

Gigi Rigolatto, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 


Dinner with a side of fiesta… The tropical jungle of Mexico will also land on J1 Beach next year in the form of Gitano. With locations in Tulum, Miami, and NYC, this modern bohemian beach club will transport guests with sensational dinner and dancing experiences, signature mezcal cocktails and a modern Mexican menu.

Gitano, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 


Hailing from London’s swanky Mayfair neighbourhood, upscale Indian restaurant Jamavar will open in early 2024. Design-wise, expect a show-stopping, detail-led dining hall, bar and pretty outdoor terrace that ooze glamour and sophistication. On the menu, pan-Indian flavours will fuse traditional techniques with local ingredients, with dishes drawing inspiration from the Royal kitchens across Indian’s north, coast and southern states. At the helm will be culinary director Surender Mohan.

Jamavar, Downtown Dubai, opening early 2024. @jamavardubai

Jara by Martín Berasategui

Michelin-lauded Spanish chef Martín Berasategui is bringing a taste of Spain to Dubai with his first restaurant in the Middle East, Jara. Located on the 18th floor of The Lana, guests can expect a bold menu showcasing the finest Basque recipes curated by Martín himself, authentic Spanish pintxos, and cocktails at Jara Bar.

Jara by Martín Berasategui, The Lana, Business Bay, opening February 2024. 



For top notch food and cocktails by the sea, look no further than Kaimana. Meaning ‘spirit of the ocean’ in Polynesian, Kaimana will serve up a tropical Asian/Polynesian inspired menu, inventive cocktails, and an immersive beachfront experience.

Kaimana, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 


Another new opening in DIFC from Fundamental Hospitality is KIGO, a Japanese omakase restaurant. It will open in Four Seasons DIFC, adding to the hotel’s culinary array that already features Michael Mina’s Mina Brasserie and Luna Sky Bar.

Kygo, Four Seasons Hotel DIFC, Gate Village, opening early 2024. 

La Baia

For a refined Italian dining experience, say ciao to La Baia. Inspired by the charming Amalfi Coast, guests can choose to sit either inside the restaurant or on the beach, and indulge in a selection of coastal favourites, paired with Italian wines and cocktails. Now that’s la dolce vita

La Baia, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 

La Dame de Pic 

Enlivened by Anne-Sophie Pic, La Dame de Pic is a breathtakingly chic restaurant found in foodie capitals including London, Paris and Singapore. In Dubai it will open as one of 11 restaurants at The Link at One&Only Za’abeel, and we can expect the same wow-worthy aesthetic and exquisite French fine dining dishes.

La Dame de Pic, The Link, One&Only Za’abeel, opening February 2024. oneandonlyresorts.com


Vibey Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant LÚNICO will have you dancing all night long. Get ready to try traditional yet innovative dishes, eyebrow-raising cocktails, and vibrant toe-tapping beats. You’ll never want to leave…

LUNICO, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 

Market Island

A brand new food hall is coming to Dubai Festival City Mall early next year. Called Market Island, the food hall is set to open in the coming months at the mall’s north end on the ground floor. Across 70,000 square feet, the food hall is set to be the biggest in the Middle East and will be the first licensed bar venue located inside a mall in the UAE. The market will have 53 venues along with dedicated restaurant spaces, bars, and lounges. Basically: a tonne of great food and drink to choose from. There will also be live entertainment including performances from local artists and DJs.

Market Island, Dubai Festival City Mall, Festival City, opening early 2024. 

Mimi Mei Fair

Pairing elegant aesthetics with upscale Chinese cuisine, MiMi Mei Fair promises show-stopping interiors with details everywhere you look. Blending oriental glamour with an eclectic, modern aesthetic, trinkets, antiques and artifacts from owner Samyukta’s personal collection will dot the multi-room space. Ancient folklore tales and whimsical 1920s Shanghai will inspire a restaurant interior that’s designed to be photographed.

MiMi Mei Fair, Downtown Dubai, opening early 2024. @mimimeifair.ae

Mr. Chow

The world-famous Chinese hotspot, Mr Chow is set to replace Indochine, which closed its doors last month after a four-year stint in DIFC’s Gate District, in DIFC. The Dubai outpost will be Mr Chow’s eighth restaurant worldwide and second outpost in the Middle East after opening its doors in Riyadh last month, in the buzzing King Abdullah Financial District. Mr Chow is famed for its unforgettable dining experience including a daily handmade noodle show, Champagne trolley, and one of the best-prepared Beijing ducks in the world.

Mr Chow, Precinct Building 3, Gate District, DIFC, opening soon. @mrchow


Bringing an air of otherworldly elegance and sophistication to the shores of Dubai, Mūn will be a secluded beach-garden oasis providing guests a lush sanctuary to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. On the menu? Mūn will serve up sharing-style dishes inspired by Asia’s specialty flavours.

Mun, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 

Pitfire, Dubai Hills Business Park

Fans of the famous homegrown pizza joint, Pitfire, will be able to get a slice and a beer at the new outpost in Dubai very soon… Set to open in January 2024, Pitfire Pizza is bringing its moreish thin-crust pizza and relaxed vibe to the city’s new foodie hotspot, Dubai Hills Business Park. Unique to the Dubai Hills restaurant, guests will be able to wash it all down with a selection of alcoholic beverages including beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as a few new surprises added to the food menu.

Pitfire Pizza, Dubai Hills Business Park, opening January 2024. pitfirepizzabakers.com

Qabu by Paco Morales

Adding a fine dining edge to the moorish cuisine of Andalusia is chef Paco Morales. A celebration of Cordoba’s culinary history, Qabu by Paco Morales promises to be a destination both for dinner and drinks, with a separate bar area alongside the elegant dining room. It opens in February at One&Only Za’abeel.

Qabu by Paco Morales, The Link, One&Only Za’abeel, opening February 2024. oneandonlyresorts.com

Riviera by Jean Imbert

Also marking his Middle East debut, acclaimed French chef Jean Imbert is adding to his culinary adventures with the Dorchester Collection, opening Riviera by Jean Imbert on the fourth floor of the Dubai hotel, The Lana. Giving guests a taste of the Mediterranean, Riviera serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a breezy setting with Jean’s creative energy shining through.

Riviera by Jean Imbert, The Lana, Business Bay, opening February 2024. 

Sagetsu by Tetsuya Wakuda

No Dubai dining destination is complete without a Japanese restaurant, and the one at The Link at One&Only Za’abeel is left in the capable hands of Tetsuya Wakuda. The man behind two Michelin Starred Waku Ghin, he presents an elevated menu of traditional and modern Japanese cuisine, which marries classical French techniques with the Japanese philosophy of using natural, seasonal flavours.

Sagetsu by Tetsuya Wakuda, The Link, One&Only Za’abeel, opening early 2024. oneandonlyresorts.com


Opening its third outpost in J1 Beach next year, Sakhalin is a Michelin-Star awarded restaurant from Moscow. The restaurant is renowned for its unique Mediterranean and Asian recipes using both local and Far Eastern products to create a memorable dining experience.

Sakhalin, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 


Downtown Dubai is getting a sizzling serving of exciting Japanese cuisine, and this one is one of Madrid’s most fabulous festive restaurant. Get ready to party at Salvaje, opening soon at The Address Opera Residences. Promising to serve up its signature ‘wild side of Japanese gastronomy,’ when it lands in Downtown Dubai, diners can look forward to vibrant fusion flavours. Paired with Instagrammable interiors and the kind of pumping party beats that make you want to get up and dance, it’s a formula known and loved on Dubai’s dining circuit.

Salvaje Dubai, Address Opera Residences, Downtown Dubai, opening soon. @salvaje.dubai


Samakje opened in 2020 at The Pointe at the top of the Palm Jumeirah. This dining destination of all things fish and seafood has now closed at The Pointe, as all the restaurants at the destination will in coming months to make way for redevelopment. But for fans of the contemporary Lebanese restaurant, it’s not all bad news, as the restaurant, and its beautiful lounge bar Habour971, will reopen soon at St Regis Gardens, according to its Instagram account.

Samakje, St Regis Gardens, opening soon. @samakjedubai

Sirene Beach by Gaia

From award-winning homegrown restaurant Gaia comes Sirene Beach by Gaia, described as a ‘coastal evolution of Dubai’s home-grown, Greek-Mediterranean concept, Gaia.’ Chef Izu Ani will once again take the culinary reigns to present a menu of signature dishes designed for a barefoot luxury beach setting. We hope the frozen yoghurt and honey makes it on this menu too…

Sirene Beach by Gaia, J1 Beach, Jumeirah 2, opening early 2024. 

Smoki Moto

While Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah on Palm West Beach is already welcoming guests, it won’t be until early next year that its culinary array of 10 restaurants and bars is fully open. Among the last to open will be Smoki Moto, a high-end, Korean steakhouse that will serve as the hotel’s signature restaurant. Stealing the show is the tabletop barbecue, where trailblazing design meets uncompromisingly fresh ingredients.

Smoki Moto, Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah, opening January 2024. marriott.com

StreetXO by Dabiz Muñoz

From one of Madrid’s finest culinary stars comes the international street food eatery, StreetXO by Dabiz Muñoz, a concept we’re particularly excited about. In an informal and relaxed setting at The Link at One&Only Za’abeel, expect haute cuisines with a dynamic edge, inspired by street food from all over the world.

StreetXO, The Link, One&Only Za’abeel, opening early 2024. oneandonlyresorts.com


Dubai, get ready to par-tee: London’s popular crazy golf venue Swingers is opening on Bluewaters Island in 2024, according to an article by Bloomberg. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, Swingers is an adults-only venue with four nine-hole crazy golf courses, street food from renowned vendors, an extensive drinks menu for post-putt cocktails, and live DJs creating a party atmosphere.

Swingers Dubai, Bluewaters Island, opening 2024. swingers.club / @swingersldn


From South Africa to Dubai comes Tang, a new restaurant opening early next year at Palace Downtown. A homage to contemporary Japanese izakaya’s and the classic Cantonese eateries of Hong Kong, this vibrant new eatery will pair fusion Asian flavours with incredible Burj Khalifa views. Named after the Tang dynasty, the restaurant is set over 10,000 square feet and promises Cantonese style sharing plates, featuring sushi, dishes from the robata and authentic wok dishes.

Tang, Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, opening early 2024. @tang_dubai_downtown


A One&Only homegrown concept already found in the Maldives and Montenegro is Tapasake, a refined poolside experience that serves elevated Nikkei cuisine. In Dubai, you’ll find it perched atop The Link with access to the UAE’s longest infinity pool. Alongside dining in the restaurant, guests will be able to enjoy the Japanese-Peruvian menu poolside on plush cabanas, while admiring the show-stopping views of the Dubai skyline.

Tapasake, The Link, One&Only Za’abeel, opening February 2024. oneandonlyresorts.com

Timbuktu Market


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Hani AlMalki (@bedouinfoodie)

The Dubai food scene is about to reach new heights with the addition of an exciting new food market called Timbuktu Market. Set to open in Q1 2024, the market will be located in Two Towers, Barsha Heights. Inspired by London’s Borough Market and New York’s Chelsea Market, Timbuktu Market will bring an exciting new energy to the city’s hospitality industry. The market will be home to several different eateries under one roof, all of which will be brand-new concepts that don’t already have a physical presence in Dubai, including home chefs, bakers, pop-ups, supper clubs, and some international concepts.

Timbuktu Market, Two Towers, Barsha Heights, Dubai, opening Q1 2024. @timbuktu_market

Later in 2024…


Dubai’s dinner and a show scene is getting a serving of iconic entertainment, as Ibiza’s sizzling cabaret hotspot Lío is opening in Dubai. Slated to open in late 2024, it will be one of the flagship restaurants at FIVE LUXE, which will open in early 2024 on JBR. In unique FIVE style, the venue promises to be as wow-worthy as the shows at this famed entertainment extravaganza. Lio Dubai will be built on its own hedonistic party island off the JBR coast.

Frantzén and Studio Frantzén

Fine-dining figurehead Björn Frantzén will open two new restaurant concepts at Atlantis, The Palm next year. Presenting two world-renowned restaurants inside one venue, the Nordic chef is set to open Studio Frantzén as well as a fine dining concept and the sibling to both three-Michelin star restaurants, Frantzén in Stockholm and Zén in Singapore. The first concept, Studio Frantzén, will showcase the best of Chef Frantzén’s creative Nordic cuisine with Asian influence in a relaxed yet immersive setting that will feature a lively bar, private dining area, intimate booths, as well as space at the kitchen counter for an intimate dining experience. Set inside Studio Frantzén will be a more intimate, fine-dining restaurant, and a sibling of Stockholm’s famous three Michelin star concept, that currently ranks No.25 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

Studio Frantzén, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, opening 2024. 


From Aussie-born, New Zealand-adopted chef and restauranteur Nic Watt comes Shoku, one of a number of new restaurants opening this year at Trade Center’s new dining destination, East Park. According to its website, Shoku will open in 2023 and is described as ‘the spirit of Japanese dining.’ The man behind the menu, chef Nic Watt, co-founded acclaimed Japanese restaurant Roka alongside Rainer Becker, which is an indication of the high-pedigree we can expect from his debut Dubai restaurant.

East Park, Trade Center, Dubai, opening early 2024. 

Images: Social