With a plethora of restaurants available in Dubai, it can be hard to choose where to go. However, we’ll happily go to any place that’s approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Here’s six restaurants in the emirate which are approved by His Highness.

Shanghai ME

The Ruler of Dubai was seen dining out at Shanghai ME located in DIFC with a few others back in September. This establishment is famed for its culinary classics of East Asia, which all have a playful twist. The restaurant is relatively new to the Dubai restaurant scene, having only opened in September last year.


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Earlier this year in June, Sheikh Mohammed was spotted out in DIFC at Gaia, a restaurant founded by Chef Izu Ani. The venue serves up a fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine including seafood orzo, baked feta cheese, indulgent truffle potatoes and the unmissable mille-feuille that is nothing like you’ve ever tried before – trust us.


Zuma Dubai
As one of the top restaurants in Dubai, it’s no surprise Zuma has Sheikh Mohammed’s stamp of approval, who is believed to have visited the establishment on multiple occasions. Famed for its contemporary Japanese cuisine, Zuma has been a leader in the Dubai F&B space for over 12 years.


Known for its authentic Emirati cuisine with a contemporary twist, Siraj is another Sheikh Mohammed-approved restaurants. It’s located within the Souk Al Bahar, the world-famous Arabian Souk overlooking the Dubai Fountain.

Farzi Cafe

His Highness has previously been spotted at this famous restaurant in City Walk. know for its fabulous Indian cuisine.

Fish Dubai

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This coveted beachside eatery serving located on the at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, serving Turkish & Greek seafood platters has previously played host to the Ruler of Dubai.

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