DIFC's new fine-dining restaurants making an impact on Dubai's food scene

A host of new fine-dining restaurants, as well as casual cafes and coffee shops, are opening their doors at Dubai International Financial Centre

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A host of new fine-dining restaurants, as well as casual cafes and coffee shops, are opening their doors at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

DIFC is already home to 50-plus culinary outlets, spanning a diverse range of fine and casual dining, including world-famous eateries such as modern Japanese icon Zuma, Le Petit Maison, which specialises in Cuisine Nicoise and the simple luxury of Cipriani.

Now, Greek restaurant Gaia has opened while Avli by Tasha’s, a new concept from the team behind beloved casual dining institutions Tasha’s and The Flamingo Room by Tasha’s, is due to take its first diners in the coming weeks.

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Marea, a New York dining icon with two Michelin stars for its Italian food, will open in the Spring and one of Paris’ newest sensations, Yeeels, will also have a Spring opening.

Baoli, hailing from Cannes is due to open in April, providing an environment for international classic and Mediterranean recipes.

Those looking for something lighter will soon also be able to head down to a pedestrianly-friendly promenade between Gate Village and Gate District, opening in early 2019, which will be filled with six street cafés.

Nabil Al Kindi, chief real estate officer of DIFC Investments, said: “DIFC is home to a vibrant ecosystem of culture, lifestyle and dining brands that complement our world-class business environment. This rich combination has transformed the Centre into one of the region’s most prestigious destinations.

"These new brands range from casual cafes concepts to flagship fine dining and each offer an exciting addition to DIFC’s fresh and modern food scene.

“With our integrated and connected retail destination Gate Avenue coming on stream in 2019, we will continue to enhance our thriving lifestyle infrastructure, bringing more celebrated dining concepts closer to the community of Dubai.”

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