A recap of Dubai's thriving F&B scene in 2018

Hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafes have opened this year
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In the first half of the year, Dubai Municipality announced it had given permission for 473 new F&B openings in the city. Caterer Middle East takes a (non-exhaustive) look back at some of the outlets that have opened between now and then..



To start the year off with a bang, Four Seasons Hotel DIFC announced the opening of Mina Brasserie in collaboration with award-winning American chef Michael Mina.

Also at DIFC, was the reveal of a first Dubai location for House of Negroni, which would host a pop-up at BB the following month.

Sunset Hospitality brought the first of the acclaimed Luigia brand to Dubai inside Rixos, following on from four successful restaurants in Europe.

The tail end of the month saw Bulldozer group unveil that 1 OAK Dubai would open a nightclub in Business Bay. 

Bystro Group added to JLT's diverse culinary scene with two new openings - Bystro Deli and El Mostacho. While Vietnamese-styled Foodies also opened in the area.

And InterContinental prepared to launch The Fish House in Festival City.


In the second month of the year, Dubai said hola to Hola, the latin fruit bar, at the beachfront development in La Mer. 

Fogo de Chao chose Dubai as its second Middle East location, the Brazilian eatery opening in DIFC. Which is where Flavio Briatore's Crazy Fish would also choose for it's venue in February.

DIFC was a popular choice this month, with The Beefbar bringing its brand of fine dining to the financial district and The Crab Market opening under the guidance of Bulldozer Group and White Rabbit family. 

Barbecue restaurant Mighty Quinn's opened its second branch in Dubai Mall, with its first at JBR.

La Mer continued to add to its F&B offerings with the opening of MealTop, the Korean bingsoo cafe.

And finally, Seven Sisters brought a bit of Beirut to Business Bay,


Emaar added Katana to its dining division when it opened in Downtown Dubai. And Pasticceria Cova opened up at the Dubai Mall in Fashion Avenue. 

Homegrown Homestead Restaurant and Bakery took pride of place in The Yard in March and La Mer continued to expand with the introduction of SMK (Smoked Meat Kitchen).


For those who like a smaller concept, it doesn't get much more personal than Bvlgari Dubai's nine-set Japanese restaurant Hoseki.

Tania's Teahouse also offered an instagrammable cafe near the Burj Al Arab in April.


Fairmont The Palm upped its game with the introduction of Seagirll Bistro, and the relaunch of the refurbished Ba Restaurant. Not to be left in the shade, Fairmont Dubai opened its Trophy Room Sports Bar in May also.

Poultry fans were happy to see The Roost Rotisserie spread its wing this month in Al Manara, Jumeirah.


Al Mangal Express opened its first of two branches in June at Al Seef's waterfront promenade and the Emirati coffeehouse brand S34 Gahwa Mezze Bar started serving customers at Dubai International.

There was also the news that a second Axe House was on its way to the H Hotel later in the year. 

For those of you who remember the 80s and 90s with fond memories, the opening of House Party Bar at Fairmont Dubai was welcomed with delight. 

Babel opened at La Mer to give customers a taste of Lebanese delights.


July saw the welcome return of Manzoni bar and bistro which reopened in JLT, while the Caterer Middle East team headed to the launch of STK Downtown at The Address Downtown.

For customers looking for a speciality coffee, Baristas' Corner, a local concept, opened in Business Bay.

Non-licensed sports bar O'Learys opened at TIME Topaz Hotel Apartments, the third branch in the city.

It was a busy month for Hakkasan Dubai which both announced its closure, and then revealed it would be reopening at Atlantis, The Palm... before it moves again next year.

Cafe Bateel opened in Mall of the Emirates, and we heard that two new venues were opening in August - the African-inspired Catfish and authentic Mexican restaurant La Carnita.

Phew! It's been a busy seven months of the year so far and there's no signs that it will be slowing down as we plow through the second half. Caterer Middle East will keep you updated with all the openings and reopenings that happen over the rest of 2018.

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