RESTAURANT REVIEW BLOG FOODIVA SCOOPS GOLD FOR THE UAE IN INTERNATIONAL EXPAT BLOG AWARDS
“FooDiva proved her immense popularity stealing the show,” says Expat Blog Awards judge
Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2012; FooDiva (www.foodiva.net), the Dubai-based food website and blog dedicated to impartial restaurant reviews has scooped the gold title for the UAE in the first international Expat Blog Awards (www.expatsblog.com) garnering 372 public votes and beating 35 other blogs to the top spot.
In total, the awards covering 99 countries and 1,274 blogs collected over 5,424 public votes of which FooDiva’s slice of the pie was seven per cent.
"Our annual Expat Blog Awards offer a unique opportunity for fans to show some ‘love’ for their favourite blog. With the high standard of those written by expats in the UAE, competition was fierce. However, FooDiva proved her immense popularity, stealing the show," said Susan Shaw, judge, Expat Blog Awards.
The gold win follows on from last year’s accolade where FooDiva grabbed second place in the blog category for the annual Ahlan ‘Best in Dubai’ awards within nine months of the blog’s inception.
“I am extremely touched by the comments my followers from the UAE and around the world have left on the Expat Blog Awards nomination site showing such tremendous votes of confidence in FooDiva. The nomination and the subsequent gold win has also brought in new readers, boosting traffic. To win two awards voted for by the general public within less than two years is an amazing achievement. The award is a reflection on the growing importance of food blogs in the UAE - not only did I win, but the silver, bronze and one of the highly commended accolades were all food blogs,” said Samantha Wood, Founder & Publisher of FooDiva.
FooDiva offers a free subscription service to impartial, intelligent restaurant reviews and food features with the aim of sharing an informed opinion on a restaurant experience to help simplify the myriad of dining options. Fans can also follow FooDiva on Twitter (@foodivaworld), Facebook (www.facebook.com/foodivaworld), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/foodivaworld) and Instagram (foodiva).
FooDiva (www.foodiva.net) was launched in February 2011 by British-Greek-Cypriot and Dubai resident Samantha Wood, a communications consultant, F&B industry awards judge, journalist and blogger. The online resource provides residents of Dubai, as well as business and leisure visitors to the emirate, with impartial and intelligent reviews on where to dine and what to eat in the city. Additionally, FooDiva runs a selection of culinary articles on international destinations, as well as competitions.