The countdown is on…

We’re gearing up for the biggest event of the year as we crown the winners of the What’s On Abu Dhabi Awards 2018 on Tuesday October 23. But before we get there, you’ve spent months casting your votes for the city’s best restaurants, unforgettable events, top leisure activities and most popular food concepts, and it’s time to reveal who’ve you’ve voted for as your shortlist.

Ahead of the ceremony, we’ll be pre-awarding all the winners of the Leisure categories, as well as the categories that fall in Restaurants Under Dhs400. All the other categories will be crowned at our annual awards night, taking place this year at the glitzy Grand Hyatt. A further four categories; Indie Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Restaurant of the Year will also be awarded on the night, voted for solely by the expert What’s On team.

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So without further ado, here are the nominees… 


Favourite Bar

Cooper’s Bar & Restaurant, Park Rotana

Roberto’s Restaurant & Lounge

Trader Vic’s, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Favourite Day Out

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Kidz Factory

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Favourite Concert

Dua Lipa live in Abu Dhabi

Katy Perry: New Years Eve

Yasalam After-Race Concerts: P!nk

Favourite Ladies’ Night

Ladies Night at Cho Gao Marina Walk, Intercontinental Abu Dhabi

Pacifico TIKI Dining & Lounge

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

Favourite Festival

Creamfields Abu Dhabi

Mother of the Nation


Favourite Nightclub

Empire Yas Bar

Mad On Yas Island

Roberto’s Restaurant & Lounge

Favourite Sporting Event

FIFA Club World Cup at NRG Café

FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017

Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Favourite Food Concept

Favourite Business Lunch

Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

Mosaic Restaurant

Roberto’s Restaurant & Lounge

Favourite Café

Cafe Mandarina

La Brioche, Khalifa City

La Brioche, Marina Mall

Favourite Healthy Restaurant

Cafe Mandarina

Pearl Lounge, Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Zest, The Club

Favourite Pub Grub

Belgian Café, Radisson Blu Yas Island

Brauhaus, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Porters English Pub, Grand Millennium Al Wahda

Restaurants Above Dhs400

Favourite Chinese Restaurant

Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

Rouge, Hilton Capital Grand

Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Favourite French Restaurant

Bord Eau, Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Entrecôte Café de Paris

La Brasserie, Abu Dhabi

Favourite Indian Restaurant

Indigo, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Lazeez Indian Restaurant

Favourite International Restaurant

Beach House, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas

Sofra Bld, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Teatro, Park Rotana Abu Dhabi

Favourite Italian Restaurant

Prego’s, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Roberto’s Restaurant & Lounge

Spaccanapoli – Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

Favourite Japanese Restaurant

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, Four Seasons

Benihana, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Tori No Su, Jumeirah at Etihad towers

Favourite Middle Eastern Restaurant

Li Beirut, Jumeirah at Etihad towers

Ornina Oriental Lounge

Sambusek, Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Favourite Pan-Asian Restaurant

Cho Gao, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

Cho Gao Marina Walk at InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Hoi An, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

Favourite Seafood Restaurant

Aquarium, Yas Marina

Finz, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

Fishmarket, InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Favourite Steakhouse

Ray’s Grill, Jumeirah at Etihad towers

Rodeo Grill, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi

The Park Bar & Grill, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas

Favourite Thai Restaurant

Benjarong, Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Sontaya, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Favourite The Americas Restaurant

BU! Trinity

Chamas, InterContinental Abu Dhabi

Market Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi

Favourite Brunch

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, Four Seasons

Nahaam, Jumeirah at Etihad towers

Roberto’s Restaurant & Lounge

What’s On Abu Dhabi Awards 2018, Tuesday October 23.

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