Following the success of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, over the last 19 years and the establishment of both Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2013, 50 Best launched Middle East & North Africa's 50 Best Restaurants to shine a much-deserved spotlight on the region as a world-class culinary destination. The inaugural Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants event programme in 2022 provided a unique opportunity to unite chefs, gourmets, and journalists in celebration of the cuisine, hospitality, and talent of the region’s restaurant sector.
The UAE capital has been establishing itself as a culinary force for some time, with the launch of initiatives such as Abu Dhabi Culinary Season, the Emirati Cuisine Programme, and the Abu Dhabi Food Festival, providing broader cultural and hospitality experiences for both visitors and residents alike. Bringing year-round food and beverage-inspired events to the capital as well as being home to numerous restaurants and chefs pushing culinary boundaries, Abu Dhabi offers an inspiring mix of unique, experiential and world-class dining offerings in incredible locations, and is a clear choice to be the host city for 50 Best’s new regional restaurant awards program. The city also has world-class infrastructure and great international accessibility, which will help facilitate the hosting of a successful event programme.
They are: Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Israel; Iran; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Palestine; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syria; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen.
The ranking for Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants reflects the best restaurant experiences based on the votes of more than 250 voters, made up of anonymous restaurant experts (including chefs, restaurateurs, food/restaurant journalists and well-travelled gourmets) from 19 countries across the entire region. Members of the 50 Best organisation do not vote and do not control the composition of the list; that is the collective role of the voting Academy. This means that restaurants cannot apply to be on the list. Equally, no sponsor has any influence on the voting process.
The ranking provides an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of our experts, therefore if diners have been experiencing the outstanding characteristics of a restaurant in the region, then this will be reflected in future results. What constitutes ‘best’ is up to each voter to decide – as everyone’s tastes are different, so is everyone’s idea of what constitutes a great restaurant experience. Of course, the quality of food is going to be central, as is the service – but the style of both, the surroundings, atmosphere and indeed the price level are each more or less important for each different individual. Restaurants do not have to fit certain criteria. We therefore urge restaurants simply to be the best they can be for their customers first and foremost and not to focus on such rankings or awards, but to see them as a welcome by-product of their hard work and talent.
It provides recognition of the dedication, passion and skill of the teams behind those restaurants. It also helps promote those establishments internationally to well-travelled, discerning gourmets, boosting the restaurants’ profiles and business.
Not until the following year – and even then it will only be the results of the voting that determines this, or if we are advised that it will be closed within three months of the list being published on 30th January 2023.
No. They do not have to sell a certain product, they do not have to have been open a certain number of years and they do not have to have won any other culinary accolades. Any restaurant in the MENA region is eligible to be voted for by the Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy as long as it has been open during the voting period, and as long as it is not planning on closing shortly after we publish the results (although we cannot always know this, of course).
50 Best reserves the right to remove restaurants from the list where there may be reputational issues that discredit the 50 Best organisation by way of these venues' inclusion.
The results and the awards are organised and published by William Reed. None of the sponsor partners has any involvement with the compilation of the results or awards. None of our commercial partners, nor any of the employees of William Reed, votes in the poll.