As a regular food connoisseur, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai has added another restaurant to our must-visit list.

Spotted at Chef Izu’s latest venue, Alaya in DIFC this afternoon, Sheikh Hamdan gave the restaurant his royal seal of approval.

Masterminded by Chef Izu and one of Emirates Man’s former cover stars Evgeny Kuzin, the concept is nothing short of extraordinary, with a combination of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Inspired by their travels, each dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients.

After only opening last month, the restaurant has gained quite a bit of traction as the duo has brought a new concept to DIFC. By taking each visitor on a culinary journey, the warm inviting space, ensures guests feel at home from the moment they enter.


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Known for its vibrant flavours, the menu features only the best seafood with fresh herbs, spices, prime meat and different kind of nuts including pine, pistachio, almond and sesame as well as pulses and other oriental spices.

Having previously visited other fine-dining establishments under the same group, Sheikh Hamdan has previously been spotted at Gaia and La Maison Ani.


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No stranger to Dubai’s foodie scene, when it comes to dining at the city’s fine-dining spots, Fazza knows best. From alfresco havens to new speakeasies, Dubai’s Crown Prince has paid a visit to a myriad of restaurants, to ensure he’s always on top of the food game.

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