Dubai’s first ever social dining awards arrive

January 12, 2015 4:46 pm

For the first time ever in Dubai, social dining awards have been launched based around social occasions and voted by the public through social media.

The 2015 Restaurant Buzz Awards are organised by two UAE start-ups, social restaurant discovery tool, RoundMenu and impartial restaurant review website, FooDiva, with the support of Commercial Bank of Dubai.

The public can vote for Dubai’s best buzzing restaurants in eight categories; Fine, fun dining; Casual, cheerful catch-up; Celebrate in style meal; Family sharing meal; Serious business dining; Love is in the air dining; Quick, healthy pit-stop;Hidden gems.

“In today’s world, social proof is one of the strongest indications of sound business health. The Restaurant Buzz Awards help us go beyond just photos and reviews, adding a layer of recognition to both diners’ opinions in a transparent manner, and to the restaurants for living up to new social dining standards that customers seek out,” said Ali Sinaei, co-founder of RoundMenu.

Furthermore, those voting will be able to see who their friends have voted for. Dinners at the eight best buzzing restaurants are also up for grabs.

“A dining experience is so subjective that whilst I have strong opinions on Dubai’s restaurant scene, it’s important to allow the public to vote for what they feel are best-in-class restaurants. Eating out is such a social activity that we have themed the categories around occasions, and with voting only via social media,” said Samantha Wood, founder of FooDiva.

Voting is through Facebook and Twitter on between now and 14th February 2015 when the awards close. The winners will be announced by social media shortly after.