The AHEAD MEA judging panel has revealed their 2023 shortlist, including finalists in two F&B categories.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony at W Dubai, The Palm, where leading hoteliers, architects and designers from across the Middle East and Africa will gather for a night of celebration and networking.⁠

The ceremony will be held on 25 September 2023. To secure your spot, tickets are available to purchase here subject to availability.

Bar, Club or Lounge

Blind Tiger at Jumeirah Al Naseem – Dubai, UAE
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts / LW Design

Founder’s Room at The Ritz-Carlton Amman – Jordan
Al Eqbal Real Estate Development / Marriott International / DAR / Stickman Tribe

Laguna Beach Taverna & Lounge at Sofitel Dubai, The Palm – UAE
Accor / M Atelier

Seven Tales at Grosvenor House, A Luxury Collection Hotel – Dubai, UAE
Marriott International / LW Design


Gastronomy at Atlantis The Royal – Dubai, UAE
Investment Corporation of Dubai / Kerzner International / Kohn Pedersen Fox / Dynamic Engineering Consultants / GA Group / SM Designs

Mei Li at Grand Hyatt Kuwait
Tamdeen Group / Hyatt Hotels Corporation / Arcadis / AB Concept

Mott32 Dubai at Address Beach Resort – UAE
Sunset Hospitality Group / ASI Architects / Joyce Wang Studio

SushiSamba Doha at Waldorf Astoria Lusail – Qatar
Damsa Development / Hilton Worldwide / WATG / ICrave