What’s On is delighted to announce the shortlist for the What’s On Awards Dubai 2013, in association with Dubai First.

Now in their twelfth year, the awards are a celebration of the UAE’s cream of the crop in hospitality, entertainment and leisure. Industry wide respect for the coveted What’s On Awards is clearly reflected in both the phenomenal response to this annual event and the respect given from those in the business.

A major contributing factor is the unique transparency and fairness with which the awards are allocated. Voting is conducted by the public, with all votes independently counted and audited by Jacobsons Direct Marketing Services and then counter-verified by a special panel of impartial industry experts.

However, we know that what really sets the awards apart is down to the people who vote – the What’s On Awards are, and will remain, the people’s choice awards. A glittering awards ceremony to crown the winners will again take place under the stars at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on 27th November 2013.

British – Above 400
Rivington Bar & Grill, Souk Al Bahar
The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Tower
Wheelers, Independent

British – Below 400
Bob’s Fish & Chips, Independent
Icon Bar & Lounge, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
London Fish & Chips, Independent

Brunch – Above 400
Bubbalicious, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Saffron, Atlantis The Palm Hotel
Traiteur, Park Hyatt

Brunch – Below 400
Anise, Intercontinental Dubai Festival City
Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina
The Grand Grill, Habtoor Grand Hotel

Café Bateel, Independent
Pantry Café , Independent
Sophie’s, Palm Jumeirah, Independent

Chinese – Above 400
Hakkasan, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Shang Palace, Shangri-la Hotel, Dubai
Zheng He’s, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah

Chinese – Below 400
Chopstix, Marco Polo Hotel
Da Shi Dai, Independent
The China Club, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek

French – Above 400
La Petite Maison, Independent
Latest Recipe, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Traiteur, Park Hyatt

French – Below 400
Bistro Madeleine, Intercontinental Dubai Festival City
Boulevard Café, Al Manzil Hotel
Oscar’s Vine Society, Crowne Plaza Dubai

Indian – Above 400
Chor Bazaar, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel
Indego by Vineet, Grosvenor House Dubai
Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana, Independent

Indian – Below 400
Antique Bazaar, Four Points By Sheraton Bur Dubai
Mumtaz Mahal, Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa
Qureshi’s Kebab & Kurry, The Country Club Hotel

International – Above 400
Kitchen 6, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel
Market Place, JW Marriott Hotel Dubai
The Californian, Dusit Thani Dubai

International – Below 400
Horizon, Amwaj Rotana  – Jumeirah Beach Residence
Sanabel, Sheraton Dubai Mall Of The Emirates
Teatro, Towers Rotana

Italian – Above 400
BiCE, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge, Independent
Roberto’s, Independent

Italian – Below 400
Capanna Nuova, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Da Vinci’s, Millennium Airport Hotel
La Terrazza At Rosso, Amwaj Rotana  – Jumeirah Beach Residence

Japanese – Above 400
Armani/Hashi, Armani Hotel Dubai
Okku, The H Hotel
Zuma, Independent

Japanese – Below 400
Benihana-Steakhouse, Sushi and Seafood, Amwaj Rotana – Jumeirah Beach Residence
Haru, Independent
Minato, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek

Middle Eastern – Above 400
Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Levantine, Atlantis The Palm Hotel
Ottomans, Grosvenor House Dubai

Middle Eastern – Below 400
Al Mashrbia, Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai
Petals Restaurant, Time Oak Hotel & Suites
The Courtyard, Al Manzil Hotel

Modern European – Above 400
At.mosphere Restaurant, Burj Khalifa
Table 9 By Nick And Scott, Hilton Dubai Creek
Villa Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Modern European – Below 400
Picante, Four Points By Sheraton Bur Dubai
Riva, Independent
The Farm, Independent

Pakistani – Below 400
Barbeque Delights, Independent
Karachi Darbar, Independent
Ravi Restaurant, Independent

Pub Grub
Lucien Belgian Cafe, Ramada Hotel
Nezesaussi Grill, Al Manzil Hotel
The Irish Village, Independent

Pan Asian – Above 400
Bamboo Lagoon, JW Marriott Hotel Dubai
Karma Kafé, Independent
Shanghai Chic, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel

Pan Asian – Below 400
Blue Jade, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Kitakits Kafe & Klubb, Marco Polo Hotel
The Noodle House, Jumeirah Emirates Tower

Seafood – Above 400
BiCE Mare, Independent
Pierchic, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
Salt, Rixos The Palm Dubai

Seafood – Below 400
Fish Market, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Five Dining, Jumeira Rotana
Sea World, Asiana Hotel

Steakhouse and Grill – Above 400
Hunters Room And Grill Restaurant, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Address Dubai Marina
West 14th, Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah

Steakhouse and Grill – Below 400
Butcher’s Shop and Grill, Independent
Manhattan Grill, Grand Hyatt Dubai
Western Steakhouse, Crowne Plaza Dubai

Thai- Above 400
Mango Tree, Independent
Thai Bistro, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
Thai Kitchen, Park Hyatt Dubai

Thai – Below 400
Benjarong, Dusit Thani Dubai
Royal Orchid, Independent
The Royal Budha, Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha

The Americas Above 400
Cafe Habana, Independent
Claw BBQ Crabshack & Grill, Souk Al Bahar, Independent
Fogueira Restaurant & Lounge, Ramada Plaza JBR Hotel

The Americas – Below 400
Cactus Jacks, Millennium Airport Hotel
Fatburger, Independent
The Pizza Guys, Independent


Barasti, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
McGettigan’s Irish Pub, Bonnington Hotel
Zuma, Independent

Club Night
Audio Tonic, 360
Cirque’s Hip Hop Chic Night
House of Afrika, Media One Hotel

Ladies’ Night
Aquara Lounge, Dubai Marina Yacht Club
FAI, The Palace, Downtown Dubai
La Terrazza At Rosso, Amwaj Rotana  – Jumeirah Beach Residence

360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Cirque le Soir, Fairmont Hotel
Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Bob Geldof
Bruno Mars

Dany Neville
Marco Smokingroove

du World Music Festival
Emirates Airline Dubai  Jazz Festival


Sporting Events
Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters
Dubai Tennis Championships
Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens

Fitness Clubs
Real Pilates
United Pro Sports
Zen Yoga


Hair Salon
Maria Dowling
Toni & Guy

N Bar
The Nail Spa
Tips and Toes

Akaru Spa
Beauty Connection Spa
SensAsia Urban Spa