The third annual FACT Dining Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, 18th April at the stunning Asia De Cuba, boasting the venue’s beautiful waterfront location. 62 awards were given out across 31 categories which covered over 150 venues…

More than 30,000 unique online votes were cast by the public in Abu Dhabi. Around 300 guests enjoyed a sociable evening of five-star food and drinks at Asia De Cuba, which was awarded Best Latin American restaurant in Abu Dhabi 2017.  FACT Dining Awards is part of a wider initiative by FACT M.E. with annual ceremonies in Qatar and Bahrain, too.

Abu Dhabi, UAE , April 2017: FACT Abu Dhabi Magazine hosted another glamorous awards ceremony for the third annual FACT Dining Awards, on April 18. 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 popular hotspots, Asia De Cuba. Close to 300 guests were seen mingling, whilst enjoying a night of great company and food and drink, as the winners from the 31 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: “Now in our third year, the FACT Dining Awards has become a highlight on the hospitality calendar in Abu Dhabi. We are honoured to be able to recognise and award the efforts of all the excellent food and beverage outlets here in Abu Dhabi.

“The turn out was beyond amazing with nearly 300 people from the industry joining us for an evening of true celebration. 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.

“It’s incredible to see the mutual support shared and received between the media and the hospitality industry in Abu Dhabi, 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.

“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 more to celebrate,” he added.

The FACT Dining Awards recognises excellence in the food and beverage industry, with winners awarded based on both public vote 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 Best Newcomer which was awarded to the one of the newest and popular dining haunts in the city – Nusr-Et at The Galleria, whilst the Favourite Newcomer went to Puesto Del Sol at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, which attracted thousands of votes. Best overall restaurant in Abu Dhabi for 2017 went to Zuma whilst the social hotspot Tamba at The Hub, took home the Favourite overall. Other notable wins included 5-star hotels like The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, InterContinental Abu Dhabi and many more.

Social media was abuzz too as Abu Dhabi’s dining elite shared their photos on facebook, twitter, instagram and snapchat, with the FACT team taking readers behind the scenes of the event on their insta story (@factmagazine).

This month also saw the third annual FACT Dining Awards take place in Qatar at the five-star St. Regis Doha, at The Rooftop. The FACT Dining Awards have also enjoyed seven years of successful campaigns in Bahrain, with hundreds of venues awarded for excellence over the years.