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The Region’s Favorite
Restaurant & Entertainment Awards

About

Now in its 19th year, the What’s On Awards is the largest food and entertainment industry awards in the UAE, and the only awards voted for by you, the public. Competition is tough, and only gets tougher every year, as the city’s incredible food and drink scene continues to grow.

The What’s On Awards Dubai and Abu Dhabi attract hundreds of entrees from outlets and individuals hoping to take home one of the most coveted prizes and is attended by more than 1,300 hospitality and entertainment professionals making the events two of the industry’s most glamorous nights of the year.

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Abu Dhabi - October
Dubai - November
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Starts at 7:30pm
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Over 21’s
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Invite only

Award categories

RESTAURANTS ABOVE Dhs400
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  • Favourite British
  • Favourite Brunch
  • Favourite Middle Eastern Restaurant
  • Favourite Asian (include Chinese, Thai & Pan-Asian)
  • Favourite European Restaurant (includes French, Spanish & Modern European)
  • Favourite Indian Restaurant
  • Favourite All-Day Dining Restaurant
  • Favourite Italian Restaurant
  • Favourite Japanese Restaurant
  • Favourite Seafood Restaurant
  • Favourite Modern American Restaurant
  • Favourite Steakhouse
  • Favourite Greek Restaurant
  • Favourite Latin American (includes Caribbean) Restaurant
LEISURE CATEGORY (Pre-awarded)
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  • Favourite Fitness Facility
  • Favourite Spa
  • Favourite Nail Bar
  • Favourite Hair Salon
  • Favourite Barbers
  • Favourite Fitness App or Product
ENTERTAINMENT
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  • Favourite Bar
  • Favourite Attraction
  • Favourite Concert or Show
  • Favourite Ladies' Night
  • Favourite Festival
  • Favourite Nightclub
  • Favourite Sporting Event
  • Favourite Beach Day
RESTAURANTS BELOW Dhs400 (Pre-awarded)
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  • Favourite British
  • Favourite Brunch
  • Favourite Middle Eastern Restaurant
  • Favourite Asian (includes Chinese, Thai & pan-Asian)
  • Favourite European Restaurant (includes French, Spanish & Modern European)
  • Favourite Indian Restaurant
  • Favourite All-Day Dining Restaurant
  • Favourite Italian Restaurant
  • Favourite Japanese Restaurant
  • Favourite Seafood Restaurant
  • Favourite Modern American Restaurant
  • Favourite Steakhouse
  • Favourite Greek Restaurant
  • Favourite Latin American (includes Caribbean) Restaurant
FAVOURITE FOOD CONCEPT
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  • Favourite Business Lunch
  • Favourite Café
  • Favourite Healthy Eating Restaurant
  • Favourite Pub Grub
  • Favourite Dining & Nightlife App
  • Favourite Afternoon Tea
OVERALL
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  • What's On Indie Restaurant of the Year
  • What's On Chef of the Year
  • What's On Newcomer of the Year
  • What's On Restaurant of the Year

LET YOUR FAVOURITE WIN

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The Nomination Process

July 14th
Voting Opens & Nominees Display Marketing Collateral
Sept 26th
Online & Paper Voting Closes at 5 PM
OCT 11
Shortlist announced & invitations sent out
OCT 16-17
Trophies presented and photographs taken
OCT 23
Winners attend What’s On Awards Abu Dhabi ceremony
NOV 4
Winners attend What’s On Awards Dubai ceremony

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