Fact Dining Awards Dubai 2018

FACT Dubai Magazine Celebrates the City’s Dining Scene with the Hospitality Industry’s top Movers and Shakers at the Second Annual FACT Dining Awards

The second annual FACT Dining Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, 13th November at the beautiful West 14th in the 5-star Dukes Dubai, boasting the venue’s perfect outdoor location.

74 awards were given out across 37 categories which covered over 200 venues.

More than 60,000 unique online votes were cast by the public in Dubai.

Around 400 guests enjoyed a sociable evening of five-star food and drinks at West 14th, which was awarded Favourite Family Brunch in Dubai 2018.

FACT Dining Awards is part of a wider initiative by FACT M.E. with annual ceremonies in Qatar and Bahrain, too.

Dubai, UAE, November 2018: FACT Dubai Magazine hosted another glamorous awards ceremony for the second annual FACT Dining Awards, on November 13. The much-anticipated event, which heralds another successful year of operation for the publication in the Emirate, was held at one of the city’s most renowned spots on The Palm Jumeirah at Dukes Dubai’s West 14th. Close to 400 guests were seen socialising and enjoying the laid-back ambience whilst savouring a variety of great food and drinks in the company of their industry peers, as the winners from the 37 categories were announced.

The who’s who of Dubai’s hospitality sector turned out for the exciting ceremony turned lavish party, with top GMs, F&B Directors, Chefs, Marketing and PR professionals, as well as selected Dubai bloggers and social media influencers in attendance. Embodying FACT’s down-to-earth and fun approach, the event was a casual and classy affair with lots of fabulous food, free-flowing drinks and a lively vibe. Entertainment was provided by Dukes Dubai as well as a freelance magician who made friends with the crowd through his sophisticated card tricks.

Speaking after the event, Edward Smith, Publishing Director of FACT Dubai, said:

“Now in our second year, the FACT Dining Awards has become a highlight on the hospitality calendar in Dubai, and an event that we are very honoured to host. It’s our privilege to be able to recognise and award the efforts of all the excellent food and beverage outlets here in Dubai.

“The dining scene in Dubai is so diverse and dynamic, with so many loved venues alongside exciting new ventures opening up all the time. As members of the media, it is our duty to give credit to the hundreds of venues that are such a big part of daily life here in Dubai,” he added.

“We thank everyone who came out and helped us to commend the best in the culinary game, and we’ll be back next year with more to celebrate,” he said.

Some of the standout accolades included Best Newcomer – Fine Dining which was awarded to the one of the newest and most popular dining haunts in the city – Morimoto Dubai at Renaissance Downtown Hotel, which attracted thousands of votes, whilst the Favourite Newcomer – Fine Dining went to Gusto Italian Restaurant at the very new Al Bandar Rotana Creek. For the second year running, the overall Best Restaurant in Dubai for 2018 went to Play Restaurant & Lounge at The H Dubai, and the public spoke once more to award Zuma the title of overall Favourite Restaurant in Dubai for 2018. Other notable wins included 5-star hotels like The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Grosvenor House Dubai, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah and many more.