The inaugural program of the 50 best restaurants in the Middle East and North Africa will be organized in Abu Dhabi in partnership with the city’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism from February 4 to 11, 2022, and the gala ceremony will take place February 7.
The ranking will reflect the best dining experiences gathered by 250 voters, comprised of anonymous restoration experts from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
It is not intended as a list of “fine dining”, but as “a true reflection of the greatest dining destinations in the MENA region”, comprising secret local spots alongside top names, classics set alongside. daring innovators.
The countries included in the MENA region for the purposes of the Top 50 Restaurants in the Middle East and North Africa are: Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Israel; Iran; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Palestine; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; and Yemen.
As the unveiling of the list itself approaches, a series of special awards will be announced, including the Icon Award honoring a respected person in the gastronomic sphere; the One To Watch award for a rising starred restaurant; and the MENA Region’s Best Female Chef award, helping to promote greater gender balance in the hospitality industry around the world.
“We could not be more excited to launch our new Regional Restaurant Awards Program for the Middle East and North Africa with the support of our host destination partner, the Ministry of Culture and the United States. Abu Dhabi Tourism, ”said William Drew, content director of 50 Best
“The diversity of cuisine and restaurants in this vast region will make this new list an essential addition to the international gastronomic landscape.
“We are delighted that Abu Dhabi is hosting the awards ceremony, as the capital of the United Arab Emirates has established itself as a culinary force in recent years.”
The launch of the 50 Best Restaurants in the Middle East and North Africa will mark the first time since 2013 – when Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants were established – that 50 Best unveils a new list of regional restaurants and a rewards program.