Who will win this year?

It’s time to name the best in Dubai. Your favourite restaurants, the best brunches, the best spas, the best fitness clubs, the best music events. You’ve been voting online for the What’s On Awards 2019 since August to help us reward the city’s best. And the majority of the winners will be announced at our awards ceremony on November 4 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

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 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. 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.

Fancy joining us for the party of the year? Tickets for the event are available via platinumlist.

But who will win? Here’s a look at the all-important shortlist…  

Restaurants Above Dhs400

Favourite Brunch                                                                   

Café Belge At The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre

Crescendo At Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

London Social Brunch At The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

The Great Waldorf Astoria Brunch At Mezzerie, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Wanderlust At JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Favourite Middle Eastern Restaurant                                                           

Al Nafoorah At Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Amaseena At The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

Bahar Persian Cuisine Restaurant At La Verda Suites & Villas Dubai Marina

Ninive Dubai At Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Tagine At One&Only Royal Mirage

Favourite British Restaurant                                                 

D&A At Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Folly by Nick & Scott at Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen At Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai

Marina Social Dubai

The London Project

Favourite Asian Restaurant                                                  

Hakkasan At Atlantis, The Palm

Maiden Shanghai At FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Mekong At Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Pai Thai At Jumeirah Al Qasr

Zhen Wei At Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai

Favourite European Restaurant                                                        

Bagatelle Dubai at Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai

BOCA at Dubai International Financial Center

La Cantine du Faubourg

Tasca by José Avillez at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

The Beach House At Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Favourite Indian Restaurant

Bombay Brasserie at Taj Dubai, Business Bay

Little Miss India At Fairmont The Palm

Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Signature By Sanjeev Kapoor at The Canvas Hotel Dubai, MGallery

Trèsind Studio at VOCO Hotel

Favourite Italian Restaurant 

Certo Italian Restaurant At Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro Dubai

Leonardo Restaurant At Stella Di Mare Hotel

Social By Heinz Beck At Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Torno Subito At W Dubai – The Palm                                                                             

Favourite Japanese Restaurant        

Akira Back at W Dubai – The Palm

Izakaya, JW Marriott Marquis

Netsu at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai

Paru at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai

Ramusake Dubai at DoubleTree by Hilton JBR

Favourite Seafood Restaurant                                                          

Al Grissino


Moana Seafood Restaurant At Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa


The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill

Favourite Modern American Restaurant                                          

Chamas Churrascaria & Bar, Crowne Plaza Dubai

Chicago Meatpackers

Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar At Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront

Manhattan Grill, Grand Hyatt Dubai

Sugar Factory Restaurant At City Walk

Favourite Steakhouse                                                           

Bushman’s Restaurant & Bar At Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Doors Freestyle Grill

Hurricane’s Grill at The Dubai Mall

Porterhouse Steaks & Grills At Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa

The Meat Co. At Souk Al Bahar

Favourite Greek Restaurant                                                 


OPA Dubai

Shimmers at Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam

Favourite Latin American                                                                  

Hotel Cartagena

La Parilla At Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Lima Dubai


Favourite Bar                                                             

Nola Eatery & Social House

The Huddle Sports Bar And Grill At Citymax Hotel Al Barsha At The Mall

The Irish Village, Garhoud

The Tap House At Club Vista Mare

Urban Bar & Kitchen At Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lake Towers

Favourite Nightclub

BASE Dubai

Billionaire Mansion

Industrial Avenue

Mantis Dubai DIFC

White Dubai

Favourite Ladies’ Night                                                                     

Atelier M at Pier 7 Dubai Marina

Maxx Music Bar At Citymax Hotel Al Barsha At The Mall

Nola Eatery & Social House

Ramusake At DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach

Skyland At Stella Di Mare Hotel

Favourite Concert or Show

Just Like That (JLT) At The Junction Theatre

La Perle by Dragone

Maroon 5 at Coca-Cola Arena

The Godfather in Concert at Dubai Opera

Thriller at Dubai Opera

Favourite Festival                                                                 

Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

One Big Beach Festival at Zero Gravity

RedFestDXB at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

Yogafest Middle East at Dubai Internet City Amphitheatre

Favourite Sporting Event                                                                  

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens

Spinneys 92 Cycle Challenge

Dubai Hatta Spartan Race 2018

Favourite Attraction 

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo At The Dubai Mall

KidZania at The Dubai Mall

QE2 Dubai

TEPfactor Dubai

VR Park at The Dubai Mall

Favourite Beach Day

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Nikki Beach Dubai Restaurant & Beach Club

Pool & Beach At Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa

Supernatural At Zero Gravity

Wet Deck at W Dubai – The Palm

Favourite Dubai App 

Let’s DXB



The Entertainer

Food Concept

Favourite Café                                                                       

London Dairy Bistro Sheikh Zayed Road

Nightjar Coffee Roasters

Revo Café At Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort

Shakespeare And Co Dubai Marina Mall

Society Dxb Café & Lounge

Favourite Healthy Eating Restaurant                                                           

1762 Stripped At One JLT

Comptoir102   The Farm, Al Barari

Flow At Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Ultra Brasserie at Emaar Square Dubai

Favourite Business Lunch                                                                  

Brothaus Bakery-Bistro At Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay

Certo Italian Restaurant At Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City

La Cantine Du Faubourg

Majlis Al Sultan Café

Roberto’s Dubai     

Favourite Pub Grub                                                               

Belgian Café At Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City

Biggles at Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

The Duck Hook At Dubai Hills Golf Club

The Irish Village, Garhoud

The Tap House at Club Vista Mare

Favourite Afternoon Tea

L’Occitane Café at City Walk Dubai

Mashrabiya At Fairmont The Palm Lounge

Noor Lounge At Mandarin Oriental Jumeria

Quintessential Afternoon Tea, The Lobby Lounge At The Ritz-carlton, Dubai JBR

TWG Tea At The Dubai Mall

Favourite All Day Dining                                                                   

Chef’s House At Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City

Jones The Grocer At The Dubai Mall

L’Occitane Café at City Walk Dubai

Mitts & Trays At City Walk

Spice Island Restaurant At Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira

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