Countdown Begins For 2014 Gulf Business Industry Awards

The third edition of the awards, to be held tonight, will recognise regional business achievement across various sectors.



The third edition of the annual Gulf Business Industry Awards (GBIA), the region’s benchmark for recognising local business achievement, will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.

The high profile awards recognise the very best in companies and CEOs across nine industries including banking, real estate, aviation, retail, energy, media and marketing, tourism and hospitality, healthcare and technology.

As well as these industries, awards will also be given to the winners of three individual categories: Innovator of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Businesswoman of the Year.

To close the night, one CEO and also a deserving company will win the coveted Gulf Business CEO of the Year and UAE Company of the Year awards. One very special guest will also win the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded to Khalaf Al Habtoor, founder and chairman of the Al Habtoor Group last year.

(View the complete list of 2013 winners here)

“At Gulf Business, we have always strived to recognise the contribution of businesses across the UAE. Over the last few years, there have been stellar performances by various CEOs and their companies, which have played a very crucial role in the comeback and then the rapid growth of the country’s economy,” said Ankush Chibber, editor of Gulf Business.

“The third edition of the Gulf Business Industry Awards honour the outstanding CEOs and companies of the past year, while also recognising the future business leaders of this vibrant region,” he added.

An independent judging panel consisting of Gulf Business editorial staff, industry leaders and specialist experts such as Firas Nasir, Co-head of MENA, Carlyle Group, Ben Bruton, Managing Partner UAE, Eversheds and Ian Fairservice, Managing Partner and Group Editor of Motivate, came together to decide the CEO winners.

Meanwhile, Gulf Business readers were given the opportunity to vote for the ‘companies of the year’ on the publication’s website.

Sponsors of the Gulf Business Industry Awards 2014 include Audi, the official car partner, Deja vu Real Estate, Moorfields Eye Hospital, RAK Free Trade Zone, Nikon, Jacobsons Direct Marketing Services, International Printing Press and The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina.

The Gulf Business team will reveal the full list of winners and exclusive photos from the event via www.gulfbusiness.com on September 16, 2014.

You can also follow @GulfBusiness on Twitter to receive all the latest updates live from the venue this evening.

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