The UAE royals have guaranteed this restaurant is a must-visit.

Known for his love for food, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has given Chef Izu Ani’s latest restaurant a royal thumbs up.

In a video shared on Chef Izu’s Instagram, Sheikh Mohammed is seen exchanging a handshake with the restauranteur outside new venue Alaya, whilst also sharing a few moments of laughter together.

“Happiness is found in the smaller moments, the beauty of sharing our time with others, and conversations that touch and inspire us,” he also captioned the post. “I am so grateful for all of the support we have received from His Highness and the country that we are so blessed to live in.”


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Sheikh Mohammed’s visit comes a few days after his son, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai paid a visit to Alaya.

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.

Having previously visited other fine-dining establishments under the same group, Sheikh Mohammed is known to be a fan of Gaia and Shanghai Me.

The restaurant is now well truly on the scene, especially if Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan have both paid a visit.

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