Eleven Dubai restaurants were awarded the first Michelin stars in the Middle East as dozens of the city's eateries made it into the prestigious gastronomic guide. Two restaurants were given two-star ratings, another nine gained one star and 14 received the Bib Gourmand for value-for-money gourmet fare. Dubai joins a growing number of cities worldwide covered by the coveted French listings.
Inspectors spent months visiting eateries "from the most elegant and luxurious restaurants run by globally renowned chefs, to the simple bistro operated by friendly locals", Michelin Guide International Girector Gwendal Poullennec said at the announcement event at Dubai Opera. "It's a historic moment for Dubai and the Michelin guide'', he said. Sixty-nine restaurants serving 21 types of cuisine were listed, including Italian, Japanese, Arabic, French and Indian. — AFP