In case you haven’tread this already, Time Out Dubai
is 10 years old this week. Yes, that’s right, the big one-zero – quite a grand old age in a city that sprung from the sand in just a couple of generations. A lot has changed in Dubai over the past 10 years, particularly its restaurant scene. The city is now home to a handful of Michelin-starred names and renowned high-end restaurant chains, not to mention countless hidden culinary gems, from bargain Karama curry houses to sublime street-side shawarama shacks.
Since 10 is the magic number this issue, we present 10 restaurants that are 10 years old (or older) and the secrets to their success, as well as a few anecdotes from the staff who have worked there for the past decade.Al Khayal:
Jumeirah Beach Hotel was the first hotel of the Jumeirah empire to be built in Dubai, and Al Khayal was its first restaurant. The high-end Lebanese establishment was originally unveiled by Lebanese ambassador Elias El Herawy and has long lured a large local crowd, and is reportedly a royal favourite. Why go now?
Visa card holders (ie any card sporting a Visa logo) can enjoy a 20 per cent discount on the total food and drinks bill (for a maximum of 12 people) until September 30. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999)