The Quality Series

Atelier M, Dubai’s Best Culinary Experience

Chef Mohammad Islam’s passion project becomes one of the best restaurants in Dubai

© 2016 Dave V / RaMen

The most-populated—and arguably the most iconic—of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has become one of the biggest economic success stories in recent memory. From its roots as a small fishing village, establishing roots as a trading hub, going through the oil boom, and using the money to build infrastructure and spur and diversify the economy, the city has been a model of responsible and effective development. It makes sense that a place that had such foresight for years is now one of the most futuristic metropolises on earth.

The Burj Khalifa, built by BID Quality Award winner Turner Construction, looms over the city as a paragon of engineering ambitiousness. The world’s tallest structure, and the highest skyscraper in the world, it was designed with hundreds of groundbreaking innovations, necessary to overcome the laws of physics and to build with conventional materials. The Burj Khalifa has become the iconic symbol of Dubai, and the UAE as a whole. It and countless other incredible skyscrapers give the skyline an impression of humanity reaching towards the heavens, extending upward as a gesture of progress and cooperative thinking.

Dubai shines in many ways. Ambition, here, is not a sin. To strive for and to be the best is a way of life. Dubai has, over the last decade or so, been turning into a major tourist destination, as well as a home to business activity of all kinds. Finance, banking, software development, trading, ports and shipping: it all his its place in Dubai. With an ever increasing influx of expatriates and foreign visitors, the hospitality industry has become an essential sector in the city.

Atelier M is a world-renowned restaurant founded by Chef Mohammad Islam which can be found in the man-made canal city known as Dubai Marina, a popular area for residents and tourists alike. Atelier M is located at the top of Pier 7, an innovative building built specifically for fine-dining restaurants. Its design features a restaurant on each of 7 levels, all with wrap around views of the surrounding skyline. Atelier M occupies the top 3 floors of the building, with a floor each for the restaurant, art-deco inspired lounge, and rooftop terrace.

As its name suggests, Atelier M serves as not only as a world-class restaurant, but also as the artistic workshop of its founder and Head Chef, Mohammad Islam. Islam is a veteran chef, working for years in the United States with some of the best chefs in the world, collecting knowledge, techniques, and inspiration. Islam worked as executive Sous Chef for Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the Mercer Kitchen in New York City, as well as for a brief stint at Vongerichten’s flagship restaurant, Jean Georges. Islam also worked closely with James Beard award winning chef Sarah Stegner at The Dining Room of the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, and went on to become Chef at the world-renowned Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California.

Islam came to Dubai in 2009, and between jobs consulting for the Versace Hotel or working for the Capital Club, he began to plan and create the concept for his own restaurant. Now, Chef Islam is taking his knowledge and experience and sharing it with the next generation of culinary artists. His team is constantly being updated with training, workshops, and chances to present their own creations. Fostering excellence is an important part of the quality of Atelier M, and this carefully selected and developed group of people strive to provide the best service possible each and every night.

© 2016 Dave V / RaMen

Chef Islam’s menu is based on his French-centered training and his travels throughout the mediterranean. Here, light and healthy is the focus, along with seasonal ingredients and carefully sourced produce. While Dubai is not known for its agriculture, Chef Islam has been developing local plots of land with partners to grow heirloom tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, and strawberries for the restaurant’s use, and in keeping with Dubai’s heritage, he sources the output of local fishermen whenever possible.

By providing a menu full of delicious foods that, as Islam says, “won’t make you want to lie down” after eating them, Atelier M serves dishes that people can eat every day, which, in fact, is by design. Return customers are the lifeblood of Atelier M’s success, and a focus of the way the restaurant, its menu, and its services were crafted. The menu is extensive and constantly changing, taking advantage of seasonal ingredients, and the prices, while certainly reflecting the premium skills and ingredients going into the cooking, are not extravagant beyond reason. The service is friendly and professional, and the three distinct areas of the restaurant provide different atmospheres for differing moods and needs. A visit to Atelier M’s dining room, lounge, or rooftop almost always inspires awe and appreciation in the customer, necessitating a second visit to try that tempting menu item or a cocktail upstairs.

Atelier M and its CEO and Head Chef Mohammad Islam, along with his team in the kitchen, dining room, lounge, and rooftop terrace have proven their excellence and perseverance, and their dedication to continuous improvement. By delighting customers, managing with quality, and serving amazing dishes, Atelier M has been attracting attention from international bodies such as BID, one of the leading quality organizations in the world. As the awards roll in for this amazing restaurant, its global profile will only continue to rise, increasing opportunities for expansion and growth in the years to come.


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.