Abu Dhabi's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards: Billie Eilish, Zahra Lari and Essa Al Marzoug among nominees

The first regional iteration of the popular awards has announced its shortlist of contenders

Zahra Lari, Bin Baz and Camila Cabello are all nominated for awards at this year's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Abu Dhabi. Chris Whiteoak / The National; Getty Images
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Camila Cabello, Zahra Lari and Adil Echbiy are among the nominees for this year’s inaugural Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in Abu Dhabi. The event will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on Friday, September 20 and celebrate the best in kids’ entertainment, marking the first time a regional version of the awards show has been held in the UAE.

Fans can vote for their favourite acts by heading to Nickelodeon’s website, on Instagram by using a special hashtag for their favourite nominee or via the Nickelodeon Play app. Tickets for the awards show start at Dh199.

Nominees come from the region and beyond, with highlights such as Maya Diab up for Favourite Music Video, Zahra Lari for Favourite Sports Star and Amr Youssef for Favourite Actor.

Scroll down to see a full list of nominees.

However, in addition to the awards show, families can also experience The World of Nickelodeon, taking place at Adnec from Thursday, September 19 to Saturday, September 21. The event will feature a variety of play areas such as the Paw Patrol skills circuit, a slime zone, Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles virtual reality experience and pizzeria, SpongeBob museum and more. There will also be live entertainment and music performances from two local artists (who are yet to be revealed). Tickets start at Dh25.

Earlier in the month, it was announced that DCT Abu Dhabi and Viacom (owners of Nickelodeon) had signed a five-year partnership to host the Kids' Choice Awards in the UAE capital. It's part of a wider initiative to bring a series of family-friendly activities to the city.

Tickets start at Dh199 for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Head to abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net 

Here’s a list of all the nominees:

Favourite International Star

Billie Eilish

Shawn Mendes

Camila Cabello


Favourite Music Video

Nassif Zeytoun - Kel Yom Bhebik

Maya Diab, Massari and French Montana - Ya Nour El Ein

Adham Nabulsi - Howeh El Hob

Nora Fetahi and Fnaire – Dilbar

Favourite Radio Station

Energy Lebanon

Virgin Radio Dubai

Pearl FM

Al Arabiya

Favourite Sports Star

Ramy Nachar

Raha Moharrak

Zahra Lari

Rashid Al Dhaheri

Favourite Gamer



Ahmed Al Nasheet


Favourite Cartoon

SpongeBob SquarePants

Tom & Jerry



Favourite Influencer

Ibrahim Basha

Taim Al Falasi

Bin Baz

Mina Al Sheikhly

Favourite TV Personality

Raya Abi Rachid


Assalah Kamel

Wissam Breidy

Favourite Male Newcomer

Mohamed El Sharnouby

AlWalid Al Hellani


Adil Echbiy

Favourite Female Newcomer

Cynthia Samuel

Sandra Sahi

Salma Abu-Deif

Zeina Makki

Favourite Vlogger

Thunayan Khalid

Feyhan Family

Lowi Sahi


Favourite Group

Omar & Rajaa Belmir

Flipperarchi & Daffy



Favourite Female Artist

Hala Al Turk


Shamma Hamdan

Carmen Soliman

Favourite Male Artist

Adham Nabulsi

Essa Al Marzoug

Saad Ramadan

Mohammed Hamaki

Favourite Actress

Cyrine Abdel Nour

Donia Samir Ghanem

Aseel Omran

Daniella Rahme

Favourite Actor

Mohammed Ramadan

Moatasem El Nahar

Asad Al Zahrani

Amr Youssef