The first annual FACT Dining Awards Dubai ceremony will take place on November 20 at the iconic Hilton Dubai Jumeirah where 64 awards will be given out across 32 categories covering hundreds of venues. Around 500 guests are set to attend a memorable evening of five-star food and drinks. FACT Dining Awards is part of a wider initiative by FACT M.E. with annual ceremonies in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar, too.

Below are the Crème de la Crème who have made the shortlist…

ITALIAN

BussolaThe Westin Mina Seyahi
BrunelloThe Kempinski The Palm Jumeirah
CertoRadisson Blu Dubai Media City
SiciliaMövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai
Matto italian restaurantThe Oberoi Dubai
Casa MiaLe Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Roberto’sDIFC
VanitasPalazzo Versace
BiCE ristoranteHilton Dubai Jumeirah
Social By heinz BeckThe Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
CiprianiDIFC
PositanoJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

EUROPEAN

Rhodes W1Grosvenor House Dubai
Pots, Pants & BoardsJBR
101 Dining Lounge & BarOne&Only The Palm
SaleroKempinski MOE
At.mosphere Restaurant & LoungeBurj Khalifa
Senara, Palm Views WestPalm Jumeirah
Table 9Hitlon Dubai Creek
El SurThe Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
BOCADIFC
The scenePier 7
CelebritiesOne&Only Royal Mirage
Marina SocialInterContinental Dubai Marina

FRENCH

La Petite MaisonDIFC
Bistrot Bagatellefairmont Dubai
TolosaSouk Al Bahar
BQ – French Kitchen & BarThe st regis Dubai al Habtoor city
st tropezMOE
Stay by Yannick AllenoOne&Only The Palm
la cantine du FaubourgJumeirah Emirates towers
Bistro des artsDubai Marina
La serre Bistro & BoulangerieVida Downtown Dubai

NORTH AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN

The HideJumeirah Al Qasr
Weslodge saloonJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Ting IrieSouk al MANZIL
Nola Eatery & Social houseArmada Blue Bay Hotel
RootzJLT
TortugaMina A Salam
Perry & Blackwelder’ssouk madinat Jumeirah
scape restaurant & barBurj al Arab
Soul Restaurant & BarMövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Clinton st. Baking Company & restaurantBurj Views Downtown
Claw BBQSouk al Bahar

LEBANESE

LeilaDowntown Dubai
MazaherDubai World Trade centre
Zahr El-LaymounSouk Al Bahar
Abd El wahabPier 7
Em SherifDowntown Dubai
Ayam ElezzThe Mall Umm Suqeim
Al Hallab Restaurant & SweetsDubai Mall
Karam beirutMOE
AyamnaAtlantis The Palm
MawalRoda al Murooj
AmaseenaThe Ritz-Carlton Dubai (Jumeirah Beach Residence)
Al NafoorahJumeirah Zabeel Saray Dubai

CHINESE

HakkasanJumeirah Emirates Towers
Hong LoongSofitel Dubai the Palm Resort
Shang PalaceShangri-La Dubai
Zheng He’sMina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah
The China ClubRadisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Long YinLe Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conf centre
YuanAtlantis The Palm
Noodle Bowlsatwa
Maiden ShanghaiFive Palm Jumeirah
Lang Kwai FongOud Metha
Royal ChinaDIFC

JAPANESE

KatanaDowntown Dubai
Nobu DubaiAtlantis The Palm, Dubai
KikuLe Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conf centre
HashiArmani Hotel Dubai
SakuraCrowne Plaza Dubai
Sumosan at Billionaire MansionTaj Dubai
IzakayaJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
ZumaDIFC
HibachiRoda al Bustan
BenihanaAmwaj Rotana
OkkuThe H Dubai
MiyakoHyatt Regency Dubai

LATIN AMERICAN

la ParillaJumeirah Beach Hotel
Toro ToroGrosvenor House Dubai
Lima DubaiCity Walk
GauchoDIFC
FrevoFairmont the Palm
CoyaFour Seasons resort Duabi at Jumeirah Beach
Garden Peruvian RestaurantJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Maya Modern Mexican KitchenLe Royal Meridien Beach Resort
AsadoThe Palace Downtown Dubai
WakaThe Oberoi Dubai
InkaSofitel Downtown Dubai

PUB

Bridgewater tavernJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
the black lionThe H Dubai
The Tap Houseclub vista mare palm jumeirah
D&G restaurant & barJumeirah Beach hotel
Double DeckerRoda al Murooj
Belgian Beer CaféCrowne Plaza Dubai Festival City
The Irish VillageGahroud
The Dubliner’sLe Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
The croftMarriott Harbour Hotel & suites
the Eloquent ElephantTaj Dubai
JB’s Gastropubamwaj Rotana
Mc Gettigan’sJLT

BEST LOUNGE

W loungeW Dubai Al habtoor City
Champagne LoungeSt Regis Dubai Al Habtoor City
Sho ChoDubai Marine Beach Resort
Downtown TokoVida Downtown Hotel
40 kongThe H hotel
Pure Sky LoungeHilton Dubai Jumeirah
Look up Rooftop Barla ville Hotel & suites city Walk
Q’s Bar and loungePalazzo Versace
Siddharta Lounge By Buddha BarGrosvenor House Dubai
Karma CaféSouk Al Bahar
Cavalli Club, Restaurant & loungeFairmont Hotel
TreehouseTaj Dubai

SATURDAY BRUNCH

Turkish BrunchRixos The Palm Dubai
Bushman’s Lazy LunchAnantara the Palm Dubai resort
Imperium Jazz BrunchJumeirah Zabeel Saray the Palm
Palm GrillThe Ritz-Carlton Dubai (Jumeirah Beach Residence)
La Tavolata-BussolaThe Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAEGolden Tulip al Jazira Hotels and Resort
Saturdaze at VidaVida Dowtown Dubai
GealesLe Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa
Saturday Brunch at LatitudeJumeirah Beach hotel
Social SaturdaysMint Leaf of London DIFC

FRIDAY BRUNCH

NobuAtlantis The Palm
Al Qasr brunchMadinat Jumeirah
TraiteurPark Hyatt Dubai
Play restaurant & loungeThe H Dubai
Café belgeThe Ritz-Carlton DIFC
AnantaraThe Palm Dubai Resort
YalumbaLe Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
CaravanThe Ritz-Carlton Dubai (Jumeirah Beach Residence)
The Rib RoomJumeirah Zabeekl Saray
CoyaFour Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Marina SocialInterContinental Dubai Marina
BQ Versailles BrunchThe St Regis Dubai Al Habtoor City
NovikovSheraton grand hotel Dubai

BEST FAMILY BRUNCH

Family Friday brunchHawthorn suites by Wyndham
Boulevard KitchenManzil Downtown Dubai
Al ForsanBab al Shams desert
Le GrandSofitel Dubai JBR
FuméPier 7
SuqFour Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Fork & CorkAnantara The Palm dubai resort
Superheroes BrunchThe Address Dubai Marina
BubbaliciousThe Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
BeachcombersJumeirah Beach hotel
FarriersThe Meydan Hotel Nad al Sheba
Flow KitchenFairmont the Palm
City BrunchThe Westin Dubai al Habtoor City

PARTY BRUNCH

Lucky Voice DubaiThe Grand Millennium Hotel
Iris DubaiThe Oberoi Dubai
We brunch at accentintercontinental Dubai Marina
Q43Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City
Wanderlust BrunchJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Zero GravityDubai Marina
Candypants XL DubaiThe Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection
The Hive at WarehouseLe Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
ElementalThe Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort
Indie Restaurant & loungeDIFC

STEAKHOUSE

J&G SteahouseThe St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City
The Rib roomJumeirah Zabeel Saray
Prime SteakhouseMeydan
The Meat CoSouk Madinat Jumeirah
JW’s SteakhouseJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Manhattan Grill SteakhouseGrand hyatt Dubai
The Grand GrillThe Habtoor Grand resort autograph colection
SeafireAtlantis The Palm
Roda Grill and BarRoda Al Bustan
Prime68JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Center cutThe ritz-Carlton DIFC
The exchange GrillFairmont Dubai

THAI

The Royal BudhaHoliday Inn Dubai al Barsha
ThiptaraThe Palace Downtown
BamboodaRoda Al Bustan
Café IsanJLT
MekongAnantara The Palm dubai
The thai KitchenPark Hyatt Dubai
Tong ThaiJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
BenjarongDusit Thani Dubai
Spice EmporiumThe Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Pai ThaiAl Qasr Jumeirah
SukhothaiLe Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Busaba Eathaithe Beach JBR

SEAFOOD

AegeanRixos The Palm Dubai
PeppercrabGrand Hyatt
MoanaSofitel Dubai The Palm
Bice MareSouk Al Bahar
the Main Oyster Bar & GrillDouble Tree By Hiton Dubai Jumeirah Beach
PierchicJumeirah Al Qasr
Catch DubaiFairmont Dubai
OssianoAtlantis The Palm
Fish MarketRadisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Sea FuFour Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Nathan Outlaw at Al MaharaBurj Al Arab Jumeirah
Café BelgeThe Ritz Carlton DIFC
Seafood MarketLe Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Kitchen6JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
The Lime Tree Café & KitchenVarious location
Gourmet By Kcalle Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Jones The GrocerVarious location
Al BahouMövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai
Rainforest CaféDubai Mall
Carluccio’sVarious Location
Book MunchWasl Square Al Safa
West 14thDukes Dubai
Bystro CaféSheikh Zayed road Manara
Maison MathisArabian Ranches
Reform Social & GrillThe Lakes

MIDDLE EASTERN & NORTH AFRICAN

Khan MurjanWafi Oud Metha
Khaymat Al BaharJumeirah Al Qasr
Sultan BashaNassima Royal
ShabestanRadisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
Samad Al IraqiJumeirah Beach Road
Boulevard KitchenManzil Downtown Dubai
TabuleRoda Al Murooj
MayrigSheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
TagineOne&Only Royal Mirage
Le PatioSt Regis Al Habtoor City
Al Falamanki CaféAcici Business Park Deira
Al MaedaDouble Tree By Hilton hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach

TURKISH

Nusr-EtFour Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
A La TurcaRixos The Palm Dubai
RuyaGrosvenor House
LalezarJumeirah Zabeel Saray
BeshSheratonHotel Mall of the Emirates
GunaydinSouk Al Bahar
KaftanJumeirah
EnigmaPalazzo Versace Dubai

El FRESCO DINING

Fish Beach TavernaLe Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Cove BeachJumeirah Beach hotel
101 dining Lounge and BarOne&Only The Palm
PlajJumeirah Zavbeel Saray
WavebreakerHilton Dubai Jumeirah
EauzoneOne&Only Royal Mirage
Breeze Beach GrillVista Mare The Palm Dubai
The Beach HouseAnantara the Palm Dubai
Palm GrillThe Ritz-Carlton Dubai (Jumeirah Beach Residence)
BarastiLe Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Nikki Beach Dubai RestaurantPearl Jumeirah

INDIAN

AnantaThe Oberoi Dubai
JodhpurRoda Al Murooj
JunoonShangri-La Hotel Dubai
Bombay BrasserieTaj Dubai
Rang Mahal By Atul KochharJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Mint Leaf of LondonEmirates Financial Tower DIFC
MahecLe Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
AmalaJumeirah Zabeel Saray
Armani AmalArmani Hotel Dubai
TresindNassima royal Hotel
Indego by VineetGrosvenor house Dubai
NayaJumeirah Beach Hotel
NinaOne&Only Royal Mirage
Chor BazaarMövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai

TEA ROOM

Peacock AlleyThe Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
GourmandisesLe Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Penrose LoungeFour Seasons Hotel DIFC
The Lobby loungeThe Ritz-Carlton Dubai (Jumeirah Beach Residence)
Choix par Pierre GagnaireInterContinental Dubai Festival City
Al MurjanLe Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa
AspenKempinski MOE
La Farine Café and BakeryJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Shai SalonFour Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Mashrabiya LoungeFairmont the Palm
Orchid LoungeDusit Thani Dubai
Al BaytThe Palace Downtown Dubai
SidraSt Regis Dubai, al Habtoor City

PAN ASIAN

Shanghai ChicMövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai
WakameSofitel Dubai Downtown
Asia AsiaPier7
China GrillThe Westin Mina Seyahi Beach resort & Marina
Buddha BarGrosvenor House Dubai
Hoi AnShangri-La Dubai
NovikovSheraton Grand Hotel Dubai
Blue JadeThe Ritz-Carlton Dubai (Jumeirah Beach Residence)
LaoThe Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
ZengoLe Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
MekongAnantara The Palm Dubai
White OrchidJA Jebel Ali Golf Resort

CAFÉ

Counter Culture CaféDubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Dunes CaféShangri-LA Dubai
Leopold’s of LondonVarious location
Craft CaféD3
Tom&Sergal Quoz
Paul CaféVarious location
Revo CaféVarious location
BrothausSteigenberger Hotel
Baker & spiceSouk Al Bahar
Shakespeare & CoVarious location
The Surf CaféJumeirah Beach Road
The BrassCity walk

NEWCOMER – FINE DINING

PeyoteDIFC
Jaan at the PenthouseSofitel Dubai
Il CapoThe Westin Dubai Al Habtoor Downtown
Ruya RestaurantGrosvenor House Hotel
La MomeNassima Royal Hotel
ZahiraThe H Dubai
RamusakeDouble Tree By Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach
Il Borro Tuscan BistroJumeirah Al Nasseem
Nathan outlaw at Al MaharaBurj Al Arab
Folly by Nick & ScottSouk Madinat Jumeirah
AjiClub Vista Mare Palm Jumeirah
Le CirqueThe Ritz-Carlton DIFC

NEWCOMER – CASUAL DINING

NamuW Dubai Al Habtoor city
Toro & KoCity Walk
Cook HallThe Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City
TaperiaThe St Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club
Great British RestaurantDukes Hotel Oceana
The LighthouseD3
Arrows & SparrowsEmaar business Park The Greens
TurquoiseRixos Premium Dubai
Dragonfly By Tim RaueCity Walk
Copper DogDouble Tree by Hilton Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
The Grill PitSt Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club
MuchachasHoliday Inn express Dubai Safa Park
Fish Beach TavernaLe Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
The BackyardSteigenberger Hotel Business Bay

ALL DAY DINING

FeastSheraton Grand Hotel
EwaanThe Palace Downtown
ImperiumJumeirah Zabeel Saray
Flow kitchenFairmont The Palm
Sloane’sGrosvenor House Dubai
kitchen6JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
HorizonAmwaj Rotana
Nine7oneThe Oberoi Dubai
ChivalLa ville Hotel & Suites City Walk
The Talk RestaurantMövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
ZestOne&Only The Palm
Brasserie 2.0Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

INTERNATIONAL

YalumbaLe Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
The ObservatoryDubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Play Restaurant & loungeThe H Dubai
Carathe Ritz-Carlton DIFC
Al DawaarHyatt regency Dubai
NoireFairmont Dubai Hotel
BonfireKempinski The Palm
GiardinoPalazzo Versace Dubai
The Beach HouseAnantara The Palm Dubai
Vesna Restaurant & LoungeConrad Hotel Dubai
Porterhouse steaks & GrillsSofitel Dubai the Palm Resort & Spa
Anise RestaurantInterContinental Dubai Festival City

BAR

BlinqThe Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City
Lock, Stock & BarrelGrand Millenium Dubai
Iris DubaiThe Oberoi Dubai
St Regis BarSt Regis Dubai, al Habtoor City
Ynot Bar & kitchenInterContinental Dubai Marina
Indie Restaurant & loungeDIFC
Trader Vic’sMadinat Jumeirah
CargoPier7
MahikiJumeirah Beach Hotel
Hendricks BarFour Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Tribeca Kitchen & BarJA Ocean View hotel
WarehouseLe Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Brunswick Sports ClubSheraton Dubai MOE

MEDITERRANEAN

Level SevenW Dubai Al Habtoor City
Graze Gastro GrillLa ville Hotel & Suites City walk
OstroDusit D2 Kenz Hotel
Mythos Kouzina & GrillArmada BlueBay Hotel JLT
L’Olivo RistoranteRixos The Palm Dubai
Villa BeachJumeirah Beach Hotel
Altelier M RestaurantPier7
Palm AvenueThe Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
MorahJW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Armani/MediterraneoArmani Hotel
Seagrill restaurant & LoungeFairmont the Palm
Mercury LoungeFour Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach