Time Out Dubai and Abu Dhabi heroes

Time Out Abu Dhabi and Time Out Dubai chose chef Gordon Ramsay, art curator Lateefa bint Maktoum, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, jockey Frankie Dettori and entrepreneur Sulaiman Al-Fahim (he of Manchester City fame) among their heroes


  • Gordon Ramsay | Lateefa bint Maktoum | Bernie Ecclestone | Frankie Dettori Sulaiman Al-Fahim

    Gordon Ramsay

    He may now be the world’s most famous chef, but Ramsay’s quest for world domination started in Dubai. Verre became the first Ramsay restaurant on foreign shores when it opened in 2001.

    You’ve been chosen as one of Time Out’s heroes. What do you think of that?

    I’m honoured. I feel like pulling my pants down and running around stark bollock naked.

    Which part of the UAE do you like?

    The Palm Islands look great. I’m a bit uncertain about the map of the world, although it was good to see that France is already submerged and disappearing. Rod Stewart’s bought Scotland, so as long as he turns that into a football pitch that’s great, I’ll continue cooking for him.

    Tell us about one of your

    Dubai

    highlights.

    This morning I flew over the Palm in a helicopter. It looked amazing. Then we went over the Atlantis’ three pools with the dolphins – amazing. We dropped down over it, to 500 feet. Phenomenal. Then we flew round that largest tower in the world [Burj Dubai]. I remember looking at the apartments, seeing through and thinking: Christ – that’s just amazing.

    What does the future hold – for Dubai and for you?

    I’m going to move to Dubai full time in five years. That’s my ambition. I’m looking at a plot at the end of one of the branches of the Palm Island. A beautiful, amazing five-bedroom apartment. Mum’s in her early ’60s and she loves it out here. It’s booming now, Dubai is going through this whole transitional period. Boarding the plane this morning and bumping into Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the world’s top chefs, who’s out to look at the new Trump Tower that hasn’t even broken ground yet, the Atlantis Hotel and the new places in there [including Nobu], Pierre Gagnaire’s opening up a restaurant in a few days time. Alain Ducasse’s looking at a site out here too. I also had a little sneaky tip off that the Michelin are looking to launch in 2012 over here, which is great news. It’s a happy time. Five years ago everyone was saying it’s going to be the next Vegas, now everyone’s saying it’s going to be the next California or Monaco because of the luxuriousness of the city and what’s happening in the markets here. There’s no stopping Dubai now.

    What does Time Out mean to you?

    I only have one magazine – that’s Time Out. They don’t ask me the usual shit; ‘So why did you stop playing football? Why do you hate vegetarians?’ And Time Out London food editor, Guy Dimond, knows his onions. He just calls it as it is.

    Dubai is…

    …a fascinating place in terms of development. You just want it to be finished quickly.
    www.timeoutdubai.com; www.timeoutabudhabi.com
    Gordon Ramsay | Lateefa bint Maktoum | Bernie Ecclestone | Frankie Dettori Sulaiman Al-Fahim

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I’m going to move to Dubai full time in five years. That’s my ambition. I’m looking at a plot at the end of one of the branches of the Palm Island. A beautiful, amazing five-bedroom apartment. Mum’s in her early ’60s and she loves it out here. It’s booming now, Dubai is going through this whole transitional period. Boarding the plane this morning and bumping into Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the world’s top chefs, who’s out to look at the new Trump Tower that hasn’t even broken ground yet, the Atlantis Hotel and the new places in there [including Nobu], Pierre Gagnaire’s opening up a restaurant in a few days time. Alain Ducasse’s looking at a site out here too. I also had a little sneaky tip off that the Michelin are looking to launch in 2012 over here, which is great news. It’s a happy time. Five years ago everyone was saying it’s going to be the next Vegas, now everyone’s saying it’s going to be the next California or Monaco because of the luxuriousness of the city and what’s happening in the markets here. There’s no stopping Dubai now. I only have one magazine – that’s Time Out. They don’t ask me the usual shit; ‘So why did you stop playing football? Why do you hate vegetarians?’ And Time Out London food editor, Guy Dimond, knows his onions. He just calls it as it is. …a fascinating place in terms of development. You just want it to be finished quickly. Gordon Ramsay| Lateefa bint Maktoum | Bernie Ecclestone | Frankie Dettori Sulaiman Al-Fahim