FACT Dining Awards: How the winners are chosen

FACT Dining Awards: How the winners are chosen



FACT Dining Awards is unique in the GCC – it is free to enter, attend and win.

Welcome to the FACT Dining Awards. The annual event takes place in October in Abu Dhabi, November in Dubai and the first week of December in Riyadh, and celebrates the best in the food and beverage industry. If you want to enter the awards, here’s what you need to know.

The FACT Dining Awards have been running for more than a decade across Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and now Saudi Arabia. The brand is an authority when it comes to eating out in the Gulf.

First things first, FACT Dining Awards are unique in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh as no money is exchanged. Chefs come and come in the GCC, but our core belief remains the same. Restaurants do not have to pay to nominate, enter or attend the FACT Dining Awards. The awards are free to enter, attend and, importantly, win.

FACT's annual awards has been praised in the industry for its integrity. The awards are a trusted authority on the local dining scene.

FACT reviews share our independent experiences, and are not influenced by advertisers, family or friends. The winners are chosen by our team of dedicated diners, which include in-house staff and contributors. The local experts are on the ground each night of the week, eating their way through emerging and established cafés and restaurants

FACT’s Publisher Edward Smith explained: “FACT Dining Awards have become a highlight in the hospitality calendar, an event that we are very honoured to host. It’s our privilege to recognise and award the efforts of all the excellent food and beverage outlets across the GCC. 

“The dining scene in the GCC is so diverse and dynamic, with so many beloved venues alongside exciting new ventures that are opening up all the time. As members of the media, it is our duty to give credit to the venues that have become such a big part of daily life in the region”.

How to enter the FACT Dining Awards

If you want to enter the awards, then reach out to our team. We will help guide you through the awards process, from nominations to shortlists and – fingers crossed – a win. 

Each category at the awards has a Best and Favourite: Best is the critic’s choice, and Favourite is the public vote.

Good luck.

GO: Visit https://diningawards.factmagazines.com for reservations and more information.