The fourth annual FACT Dining Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, 3rd April at the picturesque BU!, boasting the venue’s beautiful outdoor terrace location 68 awards were given out across 34 categories which covered over 150 venues. More than 40,000 unique online votes were cast by the public in Abu Dhabi. Around 350 guests enjoyed a sociable evening of delicious cocktails and canapés at BU!, which was awarded Best Latin American restaurant in Abu Dhabi 2018. FACT Dining Awards is part of a wider initiative by FACT M.E. with annual ceremonies in Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar, too…

FACT Abu Dhabi Magazine hosted another stunning awards ceremony for the fourth annual FACT Dining Awards, on April 3. The much-anticipated event, which heralds another successful year of operation for the publication in the UAE capital, was held at one of the city’s most beautiful al fresco hotspots, BU! in The Hub at World Trade Centre Mall. Close to 350 guests were seen mingling, whilst enjoying a night of great company and food and drinks, as the winners from the 34 categories were announced.

The who’s who of Abu Dhabi’s hospitality industry turned out for the exciting ceremony turned lavish party, with top GMs, F&B Directors, Chefs, Marketing and PR professionals, as well as selected Abu Dhabi bloggers and social media influencers in attendance. Embodying FACT’s down-to-earth and fun approach, the event was a laid-back and casual affair with lots of fabulous food, free-flowing drinks and a lively vibe.

Speaking after the event, Greg Hughes, CEO at Nans Group, said: “We can hardly believe that this is our fourth annual awards in Abu Dhabi. It’s a testament to the growth and quality of venues in the city, and it’s an honour for us to award and recognise the excellence in the food and beverage industry that is becoming more competitive by the minute.

“We are all foodies here at FACT, and it’s amazing to share a mutual support between the media and the hospitality sector, especially because there are just so many high-quality venues in the city. The competition is tough, which only means that the standard of food gets better and better every year,” he added.

I would like to congratulate all the winners, and give a huge shout out to every single nominee – you are the heartbeat of this great city and this is just our way of showing appreciation for your continued hard work. 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 even more to celebrate,” he said.

The FACT Dining Awards recognises brilliance in the food and beverage industry, with winners awarded based on both public votes and critics’ opinion. Each category was given two awards, the BEST and the FAVOURITE. The latter is the result of a popular choice decided through online voting, and the former is the critic’s choice decided by an independent panel of food bloggers, the FACT editorial team and industry experts in Abu Dhabi.

Some of the standout accolades included the Best Newcomer which was awarded to one of the most popular dining haunts in the city – Eat Greek at The Galleria, whilst the Favourite Newcomer went to Cho Gao Marina Walk at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi. Best overall restaurant in Abu Dhabi for 2017 went to Zuma for the fourth consecutive year and the new French dining spot La Petite Maison at The Galleria, walked away with the Favourite overall. Other notable wins included 5-star hotels like Emirates Palace, , The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, and many more.

This month will also see the fourth annual FACT Dining Awards take place in Qatar at the five-star Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha at the Secret Garden. The FACT Dining Awards have also enjoyed eight years of successful campaigns in Bahrain, with hundreds of venues awarded for excellence over the years.