Middle East & North Africa's 50 Best Restaurants is a celebration of the best places to eat across 19 countries in the MENA region. Launched in 2022, the annual list reflects the best restaurant experiences of the Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of 250 leaders in the restaurant industry across the region, each selected for their expert opinion of Middle East and North Africa’s restaurant scene.
Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants takes in six voting regions: the Gulf; Saudi Arabia; Levant-plus; Israel; North Africa (East) and North Africa (West). These regions cover the following countries: Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Israel; Iran; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Palestine; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen. Read more about the voting process and the Academy, and consult our FAQs.
The Middle East & North Africa's 50 Best Restaurants 2023 event programme was hosted in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. The programme – including the awards ceremony and unveiling of the list – provided a unique opportunity to unite chefs, gourmets, and food and travel media from all over the region at a captivating celebration of cuisine and hospitality, while also promoting the culinary strength and diversity of the region as a whole to a global audience.
As part of the programme, the second edition of Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants was announced on Monday, 30th January 2023, celebrating the region's gastronomy and providing diners around the globe with local insight and culinary recommendations.
The launch of Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants marked a critical step in the brand's continuous drive to inspire people to travel, explore and seek out new culinary adventures, putting the spotlight on up-and-coming chefs and food trends, and showcasing the subtlety and complexity of various cuisines from around the world.
Middle East & North Africa's 50 Best Restaurants is part of the 50 Best brand, published by William Reed. Read more about 50 Best here.