Dubai’s nocturnal glitterati battled accidents and food exhibition-fuelled traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road to attend our second-ever Nightlife Awards ceremony at the Swarovski-splashed Cavalli Club last week. There wasn’t an empty seat in the house as winners were named in 18 categories. DJ Bliss took home the gong for Best Local DJ, while the One&Only Palm’s 101 was crowned Dubai’s Best New Bar. By midnight the industry crowd and golden ticket winners were eager to hit the floor, with a set from superstar British DJ Pete Tong, who got the after-party well underway. Needless to say, we danced into the early hours with nominees and party-loving readers. If you missed the awards, don’t worry, check out the winners online at