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It is definitely one of our favourite restaurants. But it might be time to get your last meal in Qbara. We’re hearing strong rumours that the massive Dubai lifestyle restaurant could soon close its doors and relocate to a new venue.

Sources tell us that the huge lounge and bar venue in Wafi City, specialising in Middle Eastern cuisine, has been having difficulty filling up.

The JAS Group – which owns both Qbara and Fume restaurants – is thought to be considering new venues in Dubai, with DIFC in its sights, we hear.

A source tells us: “The place is known for great style and great food, but the problem is the location. Just not enough people are prepared to go to Wafi City for night out, especially when you have such huge competition from DIFC, Downtown and Dubai Marina.”

We have contacted both the JAS Group and its PR representatives, though neither has come back to us with any official comment.

If it does shut down, this would be a huge shame. Qbara has been an extremely popular venue, winning multiple awards on the Dubai restaurant scene. Its interiors, spanning across three floors, were conceived by the award winning Tokyo based designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu.

Qbara officially opened in August 2013, created by JAS Group founders Joy Ghossoub, Ammar Al Alwan and Shafiq Khartabil, “to bring world-class restaurant concepts to Middle-Eastern and global audiences”.

At the time of opening, the company said: “The cuisine at the contemporary restaurant, lounge and bar will have an unmistakably Middle-Eastern flavour and is inspired by Levantine, Middle Eastern and Moroccan traditions. It will serve a unique take on quintessentially authentic flavours in a chic and stylish setting, with interiors and ambience providing a backdrop of modern Arabian opulence with a theatrical twist.”

The company had hired executive chef Colin Clague, who had worked in fine dining restaurants around the world, including the Burj Al Arab, Zuma in London and Dubai and Pollen Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Check here for more updates later.

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