1. With three new openings across the region this year, including Aya and Fika in Dubai, the all-encompassing dominance of Izu Ani shows no signs of waning.
It was evident from the moment he took La Petite Maison on to The World's 100 Best Restaurants list and continues to this day.
Since going out on his own, everything Ani has touched has turned to gold. Whether it’s GAIA seamlessly slotting in to the tough DIFC fine dining scene last year, and subsequently opening in Monaco, or opening both Aya and Fika in the same month, Ani has shown total belief in his ability to score success.
There’s still more to come. With Ani citing opening three places in less than a year as his biggest achievement of year, he could be set to outdo that in 2020 with four concepts in the pipeline for the UAE and a number in Europe.
He cites cleaner food as being the next big trend in the Middle East, and he’s tried to get ahead of the curve with Fika’s wholesome fare. And if Ani’s doing it, the rest of the region won’t be far behind.