By Lubna Hamdan
Venue only one of its kind in the Middle East to make it to the US-based list
Zuma Dubai has been ranked among the world’s top 10 restaurant bars, according to the 11th annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirted Awards in New Orleans, which celebrates the best of the international cocktail and drinks industries.
The award marks a third year win for the Dubai venue, the only one of its kind from the Middle East to be nominated at the ceremony.
Zuma’s global bar development director Jimmy Barrat said receiving international recognition “lets us know that we are still doing important stuff”.
“There are many great restaurant bars globally and also from the Middle East which are not on the list and that shows how competitive the category is. We love that Zuma Dubai is considered industry leading in our category and we are very proud to represent the UAE on the international bar scene.”
The US list is decided based on voting that takes place around the world, with industry leaders and brand ambassadors submitting their nominations and votes for selected categories.
In each category, the awards’ team announces a final 10 selection before revealing the winner.
The final 10 in the International Restaurant Bar category include City Social in London, Le Mary Celeste in Paris and Maybe Frank in Sydney.
Zuma was co-founded by Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney in 2002 in London, while the Dubai venture opened in September 2008, followed by an Abu Dhabi opening in March 2014.For all the latest gourmet news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
In all due respect, I enjoyed my dining experience much more at the Zuma in Bangkok, than in Dubai, and that was due to the cigarette smoking in this restaurant. In Bangkok, they have an outside ventilated seating area for smokers which does not interfere with the dining experience of the non-smoker inside the restaurant. I gagged on my food in the Dubai location from the cigarette smoke coming from the inside bar upstairs. Can't Dubai figure out how to deal with smoking in restaurants?