Gold Awards

  • Favourite cultural experience

    The Arts Center at NYUAD

    New York University’s arts center hosts a series of performing arts events and activations to inspire the community and create a platform for dialogue around the arts.

  • Favourite day out

    Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

    Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi is the latest indoor theme park to open on Yas Island featured rides and attractions as well as characters from the franchise including Batman and Bugs Bunny

  • Favourite event

    Formula 1 at Yas Marina

    Yas Marina hosts a series of community activations during the Formula 1 weekend for families and friends to enjoy a fun atmosphere with live entertainment and great food

  • Favourite Restaurant (Casual)

    Mynt Indian Cuisine Restaurant

    This Indian cuisine restaurant serves authentic and traditional cuisine from the many culturally diverse regions of the country with a dose of 21st century India

  • Favourite Restaurant (Fine dining)


    Following the Japanese izakaya style of dining, Zuma serve a range of dishes in an informal but sophisticated style of contemporary dining

Emerald Awards

  • Best contribution to the arts

    Manarat Al Saadiyat

    Cultural centre offering community-led art and public programming

  • Entrepreneurial award

    Bernard Lee

    Bernard has been a leading advocate and stakeholder for local entrepreneurship. His business, GlassQube Coworking, has been a central hub for entrepreneurial idea exchange, networking and support since 2016. He has continually advocated for local private sector and institutional support for Abu Dhabi entrepreneurs and has led the discussion around improving the local infrastructure to allow Abu Dhabi entrepreneurs to succeed.

  • Favourite sports initiative

    PASS Abu Dhabi (ProActive Soccer School)

    PASS is a community football school that provides football programs for children aged two to 14 years old. The group strives to establish a community football program in a fun, caring and supportive environment to enable each player to form a lifelong love of not just football, but sport and fitness in general. To date, PASS Abu Dhabi has over 1,200 weekly participants using football as a pathway to a healthy lifestyle. PASS also conducts other community initiatives such as inclusive football programs for autistic children through Goals UAE, and organises drives to donate clothes and football equipment to a local team in Ghana, Africa.

  • School sustainability award

    New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

    A variety of eco-friendly initiatives are being implemented on campus or sponsored by the university, including eliminating plastic for all its events.

  • Favourite app

    The Entertainer

    This lifestyle app offers residents discounts across various sectors including dining out, leisure and travel.

Diamond Awards

  • Best inclusion initiative

    Emirates College for Advanced Education and Mohammed Bin Rashed Center for Special Education

    Autism Speaks (2018) reports that as many as 90% of adults with autism are unemployed. One of the primary goals of special education is to prepare people of determination for life beyond the classroom. Over the past year, seven students with autism from MRC/NECC interned in the library at ECAE to learn how to greet students, check in and out books, alphabetize academic resources as well as return books to the shelves. These students successfully interviewed for new posts in the copy center at ECAE to learn a whole new skill set that may enable them to transition to meaningful employment. Staff and students benefit from this initiative by interacting directly with people of determination so that their awareness of autism is raised to a higher level. Programs like this provide career opportunities in our society and are essential for the inclusion and empowerment of people of determination.

  • Leadership award

    Arabella Willing

    As the resident marine biologist at Park Hyatt Hotel and Villas, and the chairwoman of Emirates Natural History Group, Arabella is a leader in the field of sustainability and marine life preservation. She deserves this leadership award because she sets such a good example for adults and children on how to protect our fragile desert ecosystem.

  • Special recognition award

    Romeo “Oreo” Puncia

    Abu Dhabi resident Romeo Puncia does triathlons with a purpose. He competes so that other people may live, have hope and find purpose and meaning in life. He saves money every month and attends triathlon races in different parts of the world so he can help the indigenous tribal communities in Palawan, Philippines by providing them with health and medical programmes, clothing, food, sports training, school supplies and more. As the representative and pride of the UAE and Philippines, one of the biggest projects after his Ultraman Race in Florida (10km Swim, 423km Bike, 84.4km Run) in February 2019 will help the tribes to have their first and historical National Tribal Sports Festival. Romeo also wants to create awareness among the sports and other communities that we can use our talent and skills to make a difference in someone else’s lives.

  • Spirit of community award

    Darkness into Light

    This nomination is for the exceptional team of volunteers that work together at Darkness into Light Abu Dhabi. They dedicate their time to raise awareness for mental health and provide accessible support for our community in the UAE. Every evening and after long days at their respective jobs, they work hard to find ways in which they can support those most vulnerable in the community and significantly add to the sense of community spirit in the process.

  • Young achiever

    Rohin Bajaj

    Nominated for the Young Achiever award, Rohin Bajaj, a grade 10 student of Abu Dhabi Indian School, is an environmentalist, philanthropist, and is the recipient of two prestigious UAE awards – the Hamdan Award and Sharjah Award – as well as international ones including the renowned Diana Award and three Guinness World Records for Minecraft. He works to inspire others, especially youth, to take action against current issues such as global warming.