Dubai during the period of the pandemic world has discovered itself being called the ‘new Casablanca which is a safe place in which billionaires, financiers and the artistic fashionable people from Western Europe, Russia, Hong Kong, California and India were awash. The city is also the birthplace of an ‘new chic’ movement that is redefining food fashion, art, and much more.
The 70th level of the most modern and tallest buildings The SLS hotel, which has a total of 75 floors, Fi’lia is a unique restaurant in numerous ways. It is certainly luxurious and the view of Dubai’s Dubai Design district and of Downtown Dubai’s skyline are breathtaking. However, this bright and sunny space is quite subdued, the opposite of typical Dubai excessiveness.
First, it’s an oven for pizza (albeit modern) that takes prominently inside the restaurant. The idea is to impress you with authentic food, Italian meets Arab–not the usual spectacle.
In the world of Zumaesque eateries Fi’lia is among the snazzy options that is increasing the prices in Dubai. The restaurant has recently been awarded the Bib Gourmand listing from the Michelin Guide which was launched on the menu in Dubai on June. However, Fi’lia which translates to daughter in Italian has been drawing attention since its opening in mid-2021. It is the first Middle Eastern restaurant that has an all-woman team that has leadership positions.
Helmed by Palestinian-Jordanian executive chef Sara Aquel, 26, it front-foots gender parity in a region of stereotypes, but serves up more than political correctness. The menu is hearty-yet-innovative: Burrata Popolare (a take on a Massimo Bottura recipe), Feta al forno, pizza, gnocchi with caviar et al. All dishes are made from cheese, fruits and vegetables that are sourced locally by Emirati producers, in tune with the global trends in local cuisine and cuisine. Dubai is known as the home for foreign-owned brands has not been big up to 2020, at the very least.
Two years after that moment of watershed The notion of the city as a luxury is changing like restaurants like Fi’lia show, and the development of a brand new style of pop culture that is that is driven by wealthy pandemic travelers and immigrants from companies that have shifted in the area from 2020, attracted to simple visas, security and among the top effective vaccination programs in the world and the reality that, in the post-pandemic era hybrid work is the norm.
One of the regions that was first to be opened up following the first lockdown Dubai in the years 2020-2021 was called”the “new Casablanca”, a safe zone for billionaires, financiers and sophisticated cosmopolitan elites from Western Europe, Russia, Hong Kong, California and India came to.
In September last year Forbes published a report about ‘Why the world’s wealthy have been quietly moving to Dubai estimates that 20 billionaires bought homes in Dubai this year, as well as stating that villa as well as luxury properties sales had increased by between 120 and 130 percent over the previous year prior to. “A huge cryptocurrency conference on October (2021) attracted a number youngsters who paid cash in advance for beach houses” according to the Associated Press quoted real estate agents as declaring.
The global consumers who have global lifestyles and diverse taste are now bringing the new fashion. When financiers, artists, chefs, mavericks , and creators gather, Dubai is reinventing itself from glamour to stylish.
From Flash to Fresh
“Everything in Dubai previously was about the tallest and biggest, as well as record-breaking but since the pandemic hit it has drastically changed. Instead of just the biggest commercial developments There are now restaurants serving chefs’ tables, omakase menus, small restaurants as well as those such as Orfali Bros (one of the trendy bistros that debuted as the 5th place on the 50 Best list of the MENA region this year. owned by 3 Syrian brothers, who are telling their story of their family through food served in Jumeirah) that do not even serve alcohol.
Saini launched the Tresind Studio that is attached in the restaurant. It offers an elevated dining experience, with fewer covers. He claims that, since the pandemic was discovered, this style of dining that has a deeper and more immersive feel and concentrates more on spices and intricate subtleties of Indian cuisine instead of global techniques for cooking “modern Indian” has been succeeding really well.
“Thankfully we didn’t experience the epidemic and were able evolve because of the amount of top chefs that attended Dubai to attend the expo when other countries were shut. The interaction with them has changed my thinking process,” Saini confesses, and he says the top chefs from around the world who previously saw Dubai solely as a profit-making location for offshoots of their established brands are viewing the city differently.
Originality in the menu
The city is shredding the image associated with London and New York’s less than stellar cousin, the food scene in Dubai is in high demand, not just because it’s more convenient to book reservations at one of the branches of the 50 Best restaurants.
In contrast, new concepts are coming in quickly and in a hurry. One of the latest big new restaurants within Dubai includes Massimo Bottura’s Torno Subito (translated to ‘be to return’), a relaxed 1960s, La Dolce Via-inspired beach club featuring the precise elegant, sophisticated cuisine that Bottura is famous for. There’s a classic Margherita Pizza (for about $11) but there’s also there’s a Beautiful Psychedelic Veal, inspired by an Damien Hirst painting.
However, Torno Subito is no Osteria Francescana (Bottura’s 3 Michelin Star restaurant in Modena) or its sister restaurant. It’s an original concept designed specifically especially for Dubai from the Chef who decided to launch in Dubai as his first venture outside of Italy.
There are also rising stars such as Chef Solemann Haddad of Moonrise, born to an French mother and a Syrian father who is self-taught who cooks Japanese Omakase, a dish made with regional Middle Eastern ingredients, pushing boundaries in an eight-seater dining room on an elevated rooftop located on Sheikh Zayed Road. There are only two seats every evening, and because it’s now seen as an “must to do” in Dubai reservations are difficult.
In the meantime, with sustainability being a major the spotlight in the post-pandemic world and restaurants such as Lowe which earned the sole “green stars” of the Michelin guide to this region are pushing the concept of nose-to-tail cuisine, no waste and using local ingredients. The word “luxury” doesn’t always mean extravagant at least in Dubai.
Indians as tastemakers
It’s not just food , but everything from fashion, art and luxury hotels are taken in diverse ways compared to before 2020, where “more was better”. Furthermore when the notion of luxury evolves, Indians, particularly those who have moved out of Hong Kong, Singapore, California or London make up the throng.
“When we took part in Art Dubai [modelled after the fair in Baselin March] I sold more work to Indians who recently settled and are putting things in their new homes rather than the local Emiratis or Westerners who were the major customer base for galleries such as ours, which focused exclusively on Indian contemporary art before,” says Bhavna Kakkar of Latitude 28, a gallery in NCR. Latitude 28.
Kakkar discusses a newand informal group comprised of Indian investors who are interested in the field of art. The group is located in Dubai and who visit exhibitions together and participating in fairs around the world.
In addition to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah have been encouraging art for some time. Following the pandemic, these earlier efforts to create a ‘Middle Eastern circuit’ “serious and enduring’ are proving fruit. “With the support of the government and support, the value for artists hailing of Middle East countries Middle East is going up,” says Kakkar.
The “arty lifestyle” and its wealth of options is evident in boutiques, custom-designed designs, trendy cafes, as well as hotels which are exclusive and more than all the other hotels in the world.
No more is the case
In terms of luxurious hotel rooms, Dubai is no stranger to fun and frills All the way from rooms that are underwater to those with private drive-ins, helipads and caviar bars to luxurious skyscrapers and beach clubs.
In the past couple of years, notions of ‘bespoke’ and “boutique are taking hold, while luxury establishments are pushing for experiences that promote inclusion and local culture conservation, and other values in the current global system.
Although big is always in (the most notable newsmaker of recent times is the extravagant idea of creating “moon hotels”–gigantic dome-like hotels that resemble the moon, including realistic textures and craters, perhaps reaching 735 feet in height and 2,000 feet in circumference as CNN reported) Design hotels that are built to be in tune with the world’s trending culture of Instagram, as well as and woke are gaining popularity.
The hotel 25hours which opened on December 20, 2021 is an excellent example. It is a European hotel chain that offers design hotels “inspired to the ideals of the present… open and tolerant, and welcoming to any person with a curiosity” According to their website. It is a LGBTQ-friendly (and recognized as an) outposts in cities like Cologne.
In Dubai The hotel in Dubai is more lavish, however the ambience is broad and modern. It mixes the classic with the modern, including Rotary phones that have podcast recording rooms, a pottery studio, and the very first sauna for mixed genders in the Middle East region.
These rooms were designed to accommodate “urban nomads” with themes like Glamping, Farmstay, and Artists Village The rooms are also equipped with free Schindelhauer bikes and swings, as well as easels and swings and book shelves (10,000 of them, which are in a water feature which dominates this lobby). The lobby has the appearance of a coworking space that is ideal for artists, freelancers, and bankers who are a bit shrewd in the new age of hotdesking.