Dubai, being a metropolitan city, is a melting pot of diverse cultures. Therefore, residents and visitors enjoy the privilege to enjoy a wide range of international gastronomy. The city hosts a number of luxury hotels and elegant restaurants where one can enjoy the best of different cuisines that include French, Italian, Mediterranean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Filipino and Indian. But the most popular cuisine among residents is arguably Arabic, especially Lebanese, Iranian and Syrian ones. In order to boost the gastronomic industry, Dubai hosts various food festivals and shows.