Gulf Business Industry Awards 2013: Companies Of The Year

REVEALED: The winning companies of the year from media, IT, energy, tourism, retail, education, real estate, aviation and banking.

By
Aarti Nagraj
September 24, 2013

Media & Marketing Company of the Year: MBC

Collected by Mazen Hayek, group director of PR & Commercial at MBC The MBC group was the first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab world. Launched in London in 1991, this ambitious firm moved to its headquarters in Dubai in 2002. Today the rapidly growing broadcasting company provides multiple channels of entertainment across 13 TV channels, two radio stations and an array of online platforms.

IT/Technology Company of the Year
: Souq.com

Collected by Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO of Souq.com As one of the first e-commerce platforms to the UAE market, Souq.com has cut a swathe through the competition, remaining one of the most innovative and robust online start ups in the market – even attracting a multi-million dollar investment from US investors in 2012.

Energy Company of the Year: DEWA

Collected by Waleed Ali Ahmed Salman, EVP – Strategy and Business Development The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has introduced a raft of new projects, focusing on renewable and sustainable power generation methods. The government powerhouse recently announced a new clean coal power plant and is also on track to launch a massive solar park in the emirate.

Tourism and Hospitality Company of the Year: 

Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

Collected by Hamad bin Mejren, executive director of Business Tourism DTCM has been one of the most prolific promotional and marketing bodies in the world, working around the clock to attract millions of visitors to Dubai year after year. The emirate is now listed as the sixth most popular destination in the world, and is aiming to attract 20 million visitors by 2020.

Retail Company of the Year

: Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Collected by Dimitri Vazelakis, executive managing director– Shopping Malls at Majid Al Futtaim Properties MAF has been aggressively building its malls and retail portfolio in the heart of Dubai and across the region. The company has rights to 97 supermarkets in 12 countries and 16 shopping malls in the MENA region, and future expansion plans to reach strategic destinations across the MENA and Central Asia.

Education Company of the Year: GEMS Education



 Collected by Margaret Atack, group senior director - Education GEMS Education GEMS has shaped the futures of over 130,000 students in over 100 countries. By providing education across the spectrum, and helping to shape the national learning agenda, the firm has also gained growing recognition for its philanthropic and government endeavours.

Real Estate Company of the Year

: Emaar



 Collected by Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director of Emaar 

 As the UAE’s real estate sector finally comes out of the doldrums, Emaar’s performance is as vertiginous as its tallest building. The property developer has launched several new developments across Dubai.

Aviation Company of the Year
: Emirates



 Collected by Tim Clark, president, Emirates 

 Emirates is one of the world’s best-performing airlines – showcasing Dubai as a vital hub for international business and leisure travel. The airline is further expanding, in its push for big planes and even bigger profits.

Banking Company of the Year

: First Gulf Bank



 Collected by Hana Al Rostamani, head of Strategic Planning, FGB 

 In a year of recovery and 20 per cent growth on average for the UAE’s top banks, First Gulf Bank has gained increased traction as a standout performer in the industry. The lender’s ambitious international growth into Asia, bold acquisitions and flourishing financials, has helped FGB record a stellar year.
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