10 Royal-approved Dubai Restaurants

We’ll have what Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan are having, thanks.

Want a feast fit for a king? Or at least a steak fit for a… sheikh?

Then you’ll want to know where HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, have been dining recently.

From burger joints to kebab shops (yes, some of them might surprise you), here are 10 eateries where Dubai’s royals have been spotted…

BB Social Dining

Sheikh Hamdan popped into this cool new DIFC eatery this week for a bite of lunch, posing for a pic with BB co-founder Shabnum Stumpf. The Crown Prince shared some tasty-looking pics to Instagram of the BB bao, cauliflower popcorn, crispy sprouts, and edamame hummus.

Gate Village 8, DIFC, Dubai, Saturday to Wednesday noon to midnight, Thursday and Friday noon to 1am. Tel: (04) 407 4444. thisisbb.com


Always one to stay on top of the latest Dubai hotspots, Sheikh Hamdan was recently spotted at Masti, the modern Indian restaurant at La Mer. The royal enjoyed the ‘gram-worthy tuna bhel tartare, as well as the picture-perfect lotus tiramisu.

La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, daily noon to midnight, upstairs lounge 5pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3444384. mastidubai.com

Cuisinero Uno

Hip Business Bay tapas bar Cuisinero Uno got the royal seal approval earlier this month, when Sheikh Hamdan stopped by for lunch. The Crown Price posed for a pic with rising star chef John Buenaventura and the team.

Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, Sat to Wed, 11am to midnight, Thur and Fri, 11am to 2am, Tel: (04) 431 7816. facebook.com/Cuisinerouno

She Burger

He might be one of the world’s most athletic royals, but even Sheikh Hamdan isn’t above tucking into a big, juicy burger every now and again. The royal was recently snapped at She Burger, a homegrown burger joint serving up delicious creations with names like “Gone in 60 Seconds” and “Call 911”.

Dar Wasl Mall, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, daily 11am to midnight. Tel: (04) 333 3258. instagram.com/she_burger/

Baku Cafe

In October, Sheikh Mohammed and wife HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein were snapped at Baku Cafe in City Walk, a restaurant serving up the traditional flavours of Azerbaijan. According to the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the UAE, the royal couple was among the first visitors to the cafe.

City Walk, Dubai, daily 10am to 1am. Tel: (04) 448 9527. facebook.com/bakucafe.ae

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