Every traveller who wishes to experience Arabia’s character as a melting pot of cultures needs only to do one thing: Eat.
As an easily accessible halfway point of the world, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is also home to more than 200 nationalities living and doing business in the country. Traces of international cultures can be found everywhere across the country, thriving in harmony with the vibrant Arabian culture.
Meanwhile, neighbouring Oman warmly welcomes an influx of travellers from across the world by expanding its hospitality portfolio.
The fantastic mix of nationalities in these destinations translates into a unique gastronomic adventure that every MICE program can benefit from.
A weeklong trip with your group, given the wide range of F&B options, will enable you to eat out three times a day for the entire programme, without going to the same restaurant and without having the same cuisine over and over again.
Hummus, moutabal and fattoush are Arabic staples. After trying these out, you can sample dishes and delicacies from literally around the world. Indian, Argentinian, French, Italian, Japanese—you name it. There is a wealth of flavours to experience.
Michelin-starred chefs have flown into the UAE to set up shop. Luxury hotels all make sure their F&B outlets serve the best menus. So when you’re dining in the UAE and Oman, expect nothing less than satisfying.
As your Destination Management Company, Gulf Dunes has a strong partnership with the finest hotels and dining hot spots in the country. This allows us to incorporate memorable gastronomic journeys into our programmes.
To give you a quick insight into some of the amazing dining spots in our destinations, here’s a top 20 list of restaurants, in no particular order. Each item also comes with an exclusive recipe, so you can even try your hand at making them at home.
All the recipes come directly from the head chefs of each establishment; so, believe us when we say, this is where you’ll find the star of your dinner table tonight.
*Click on each restaurant below to know more. Within the description is a link to a special recipe.
• Asado, The Palace Downtown (Dubai) | Argentine Grill
A tribute to the culture and history of Argentina, Asado at The Palace Downtown, offers cuisine created from age-old recipes and premium-cellared beverages. Explore the many nuances of Argentinian cuisine where the highlight of the menu is a selection of premium cuts of meat, made to order on a ‘Parrilla’ – an open grill at the center of the restaurant.
Indoors – 80 pax
Terrace – 150 pax
Private Room – 15 pax
Head chef Josefinna Vallve shares with us Asado’s recipe for Ceviche de Gambas – Prawn Ceviche.
• Awtar Restaurant, Grand Hyatt (Dubai) | Arabic Cuisine
Awtar offers an opulent and dramatic interior that includes a traditional renovated terrace inviting you to experience a warm Arabian welcome. It offers an intimate setting where diners are entertained nightly by a talented live band, a singer and a belly dancer.
Indoors – 100 pax
Terrace – 32 pax
Head chef Tarek Ibrahim shares with us Awtar’s recipe for Falafel Crisp.
• Peppercrab, Grand Hyatt (Dubai) | Singaporean/Asian Cuisine
Peppercrab is one of the most unique Singaporean restaurants in Dubai. The restaurant is famous for its Singaporean Pepper Crab, known for its distinct taste and serving style. What makes the dish so special is the use of high-quality crabs, especially imported all the way from Alaska.
Indoors – 99 pax
Terrace – 33 pax
Head chef David Soh shares with us the recipe for Peppercrab’s Black Pepper Mud Crab.
• LAO, Waldorf Astoria The Palm (Dubai) | Vietnamese Cuisine
Dine with at LAO for authentic Vietnamese cuisine through Chef Mai’s menu. Fusing traditional cooking techniques with modern presentations and balancing delicate flavors using fresh organic herbs, its menu isinspired by the natural beauty of Vietnam. Vietnamese cuisine is considered amongst the healthiest worldwide.
Indoors – 100 pax
Terrace – 80 pax
Head chef Mai Nguyen shares with us the recipe for LAO’s Papaya Salad with Beef.
• OMNY Brasserie, Hormuz Grand Hotel (Muscat) | New York- Style Brasserie
Blending classic glamour with the elegance of Manhattan’s modern eateries, OMNY brings contemporary Brasserie culture to Muscat. With an outdoor dining terrace situated beside a picturesque water feature, OMNY serves a variety of New York specialties alongside fresh seafood. Guests can themselves select from OMNY’s centerpiece Raw Bar.
Indoors – 16 pax
Private Room – 10 Pax & 12 Pax
Terrace – 30 pax
Head chef Luke Borg shares with us the recipe for OMNY’s Rack of Lamb with Sweet Bread Tart.
• Hoi An, Shangri-La Hotel (Dubai) | Vietnamese Cuisine
With an entirely Vietnamese kitchen and service team, Hoi An offers a mesmerising blend of authentic Vietnamese flavours and traditional hospitality. The ambiance is complemented by a wide variety of delectable Vietnamese dishes served in traditional style, on bamboo platters and lotus leaves
Indoors – 60 pax
Head chef Pham Quan shares with us the recipe for Hoi An’s Vietnamese Pepper Rolls.
• Gaucho DIFC, Dubai International Financial Center | Latin American Grill
Located at the center of DIFC, Gaucho Dubai, offers exceptional quality of beef and excels at infusing traditional Argentinian style with cutting-edge South American influences with contemporary flair. It delivers an exquisite dining experience in a stunning atmosphere for an ideal timeout amidst the frenzy of city life.
Indoors – 140 pax
Terrace – 80 Pax
Head chef Juan Pablo Rey Nores shares with us the recipe for Gaucho’s Braised Beef Back Ribs.
• Al Khiran Terrace – Beach Pavillion/China Mood, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Muscat) | International Cuisine
Overlooking the sea of Oman, Al Khiran invites guests to taste a wide selection of delightful cuisine from different parts of the world. This all-day dining restaurant of Al Bustan Palace, is a great option for any lunch or dinner experience.
Indoors – 150 pax
Terrace – 100 Pax
Head chef Anoob Ashraf shares with us the recipe for Al Khiran’s Shuwa-crusted Wagyu Beef.
• China Grill, Westin Mina Seyahi (Dubai) | Asian Cuisine
A trendsetter in eclectic Asian-inspired world cuisine, the internationally-renowned China Grill creates unrivaled and unforgettable moments for every single guest. The restaurant offers a lounge and bar area, as well as outside seating with stunning contemporary décor and twinkling fairy lights to add to the ambience.
Indoors – 180 pax
Terrace – 70 Pax
Head chef Jose Diaz shares with us the recipe for China Grill’s Dragon Futomaki Roll.
• Shiraz, Crowne Plaza Hotel (Muscat) | Persian Cuisine
Shiraz is a genuine Persian restaurant where one can feel the warmth of Arabian hospitality. Its resident Iranian chef has created a menu of authentic cuisine that enjoys a reputation of excellence throughout Oman. Experience classical Persian food and authentic fine dining molded by centuries of culinary artistry.
Indoors – 48 pax
Terrace – 26 pax
Head chef Mahdi Amiahi shares with us the recipe for Shiraz’s Kebab Kubideh.
• Parmigiana, Sofitel Corniche (Abu Dhabi) | Italian Cuisine
Parmigiana is a restaurant that serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a relaxed fine dining atmosphere. It offers a wide array of menu, from bruschetta, pasta and pizza to parmigiana dishes. The place is surrounded with breath-taking views of the Corniche and Arabian Gulf in the afternoon. In the evening, the city’s skyline perks up your vista.
Indoors – 62 pax
Head chef Kim Gates shares with us the recipe for Sofitel’s Tagliata Di Filetto Con Rucola Scaglie E Balsamico (Angus beef fillet grilled and sliced on a bed of rocca salad with parmesan shavings and balsamic vinegar).
• Maison Beirut, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr (Abu Dhabi) | Arabic Cuisine
This inspired setting features cuisine authentic to the region, from mezzeh to kebabs to tapas-style dishes, while offering both indoor and al fresco dining options. Inside, guests will revel in an elegant atmosphere, while a step outside reveals a charming open lounge, accented by relaxed seating pendant lighting, and surrounding water and garden vistas.
Indoors – 80 pax
Terrace – 40 Pax
Head chef Saeed Khattab shares with us the recipe for Maison Beirut’s Meat Maamoul.
• Capri Court, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah (Muscat) | Italian Cuisine
Like the residents of its namesake, Capri Court welcomes those in search of authentic Italian cuisine and excellent service. Enjoy the fashionable ambiance indoors or relax under the stars overlooking the Gulf Of Oman in the outdoor seating area. The Italian passion is clear at Capri Court where guests will be delivered a dining experience that would make the ancestors of Capri proud.
Indoors – 114 pax
Head chef Theodor Faiser shares with us the recipe for Capri Court’s Parmigiano Reggiano Ravioli.
• Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis (Dubai) | Indian Cuisine
Discover the sensational New India, courtesy of Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, presenting an exciting menu of modern Indian cuisine in a vibrant Palace of Colour – Rang Mahal. Appealing to all epicureans from fine dining connoisseurs to lovers of traditional Indian food, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar fuses a touch of tradition with contemporary flair; creating a feast for the senses and inspiring one’s mind.
Indoors – 108 pax
Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar shares with us the recipe for Rang Mahal’s Cassata Kulfi.
• La Tablita, Hyatt Regency Creek Heights (Dubai) | Mexican Cuisine
La Tablita is a lively and authentic Mexican restaurant and “taqueria” where one comes to have fun. A passionate team of native Mexicans both in the culinary and service teams enliven the Mexican culture of shared dining, food, entertainment and celebrations.
Indoors – 160 pax
Head chef Ivan Vidal shares with us the recipe for La Tablita’s Ceviche de Atun (Tuna Ceviche).
• The Café, Park Hyatt (Abu Dhabi) | International Cuisine
Featuring an impressive show kitchen, The Café serves authentic Middle Eastern specialties along with international dishes. Offering a Levantine-themed menu The Café is highly recommended for guests who want to experience an elaborate choice of dishes from the Eastern Mediterranean regions.
Indoors – 120 pax
Terrace – 50 Pax
Head chef Ahmed Bounaji shares with us the recipe for The Café’s Chicken Molokhiya.
• Mezlai, Emirates Palace (Abu Dhabi) | Emirati Cuisine
A meal in Mezlai is a window to authentic Emirati culture. As a warm welcome to the long history of Arabian hospitality and a journey into flavors as old as the sands of Arabia, its taste is as fresh and inspired as this city of tomorrow. No stopover in Abu Dhabi is complete without sampling the local flavors and dining as the locals do.
Indoors – 87 pax
Terrace – 48 Pax
Head chef Al Ebdowa shares with us the recipe for Mazlai’s Lamb Thareed.
• J&G Steakhouse, St Regis Habtoor City (Dubai) | Steakhouse
J&G Steakhouse features an elegant but relaxed décor that creates an inviting atmosphere with world-class appeal. Boasting seventeen prime cuts of meat grilled to absolute perfection, these add to a menu of a sophisticated collection of steakhouse favorites. All dishes are interpreted and inspired by the classic cuisine of Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Indoors – 100 pax
Private Room – 12 Pax
Head chef Diego Solis shares with us the recipe for J&G Steahouse’s Grilled Black Pepper Octopus with Onions and Lime.
• Namu, W Dubai at Habtoor City (Dubai) | Korean – Japanese Fusion
Social Korean with a Japanese slant. Take in the best views Dubai has to offer within the new Dubai Water Canal in a social environment where these two unique cuisines combine to create a reinvention of textures and flavours from Korea and Japan. Namu utilises a number of authentic cooking methods from four live stations and embodies the two nations for the best in Asian food.
Indoors – 130 pax
Private rooms – 08 Pax & 15 Pax
Head Chef “Ben” Hyukbin Kwon shares with us the recipe for Namu’s Seoul Bulgogi.
• Pai Thai, Madinat Jumeirah (Dubai) | Thai cuisine
Nestled alongside idyllic waterways, Pai Thai is a truly authentic Thai experience. Renowned for serving diners fragrant Thai cuisine and picturesque views, its light, aromatic and invigorating dishes bursts with the traditional flavors of Thailand.
Indoors – 120 pax
Terrace – 60 Pax
Head Chef Apichat Amatmontri shares with us the recipe for Pai Thai’s Thai Chicken Green Curry.