Posted by Bob Brunskill
Exclusive restaurant The Ivy is to open a sister establishment in Dubai, its owner has confirmed.
The announcement comes after proprietor Richard Caring said that the London restaurant would never be duplicated.
In the UK, The Ivy has become well-known for having long waiting lists and as a popular hangout for celebrities.
Now, the Dubai version will be opened in April in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, the Financial Times reported.
"I came out and said four or five years ago that there was only one Ivy, it was an iconic restaurant and there would never be another one," Mr Caring told the news provider.
"I sound a bit like a Liberal Democrat politician, because things have changed. The deal that we were offered, on the basis of us staying in control and maintaining the image, was too good to turn down."
Mr Caring added that other brands in his Caprice Holdings company - which include Le Caprice and Rivington Grill - will open in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Egypt.
However, the Dubai establishment will be the only other Ivy restaurant in the world.