Countdown begins for Gulf Business Industry Awards 2015
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Countdown begins for Gulf Business Industry Awards 2015

Countdown begins for Gulf Business Industry Awards 2015

The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday and the shortlists across all the categories have been revealed

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The annual Gulf Business Industry Awards will be held this year on Tuesday, September 8 at The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.

The prestigious awards recognise the very best in companies and business leaders across nine industries including aviation and transport, banking, healthcare, energy, technology, real estate, retail, media and marketing, and tourism and hospitality.

Awards will also be given to the winners of five special categories: Entrepreneur of the year, CSR initiative of the year, Innovator of the year, SME of the year and Businesswoman of the year.

To close the night, one business leader and one deserving company will win the coveted Business Leader of the year and the UAE Company of the year awards. One very special guest will also win the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded to Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of Emaar last year.

The winners, aside from our special categories to be picked by the Gulf Business team and the publicly-voted Entrepreneur of the year, will be decided by our esteemed panel of judges. (Click here for more details).

Here are the shortlists:


(Arranged in alphabetical order by company)

Aviation and Transport

• Adel Ali
Group CEO, Air Arabia

• Paul Griffiths
CEO, Dubai Airports

• Sir Tim Clark
President, Emirates

• James Hogan
President and CEO, Etihad Airways

• Ghaith Al Ghaith
CEO, flydubai


• Ala’a Mohamed Eraiqat
Executive director and CEO, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

• Shayne Nelson
CEO, Emirates NBD

• H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
CEO, Mashreq Bank

• Alex Thursby
CEO, National Bank of Abu Dhabi

• Peter England


• Dr Kassem Alom
CEO, Al Noor Hospitals

• H.E. Dr. Raja Al Gurg
Vice chairperson and executive director, Dubai Healthcare City Authority

• Dr Ayman Sahli
CEO, Julphar

• Dr B.R. Shetty
Founder CEO and executive vice chairman, NMC Healthcare

• Dr Reem Osman
CEO, Saudi German Hospital


• Abdulla Salem Al Dhaheri
CEO, ADNOC Distribution

• Ibrahim Ahmed Al Ansaari
CEO, Dolphin Energy

• Mohamed Al Hammadi
CEO, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

• Saif Al Falasi

• Dr. Ahmad Belhoul
CEO, Masdar


• Rabih Dabboussi
Managing director, Cisco UAE

• H.E. Ahmad Bin Humaidan
Director general, Dubai Smart Government

• Jonathan Labin
Head, Facebook MENAP

• Mohamad Mourad
Managing director, Google MENA

• Ismail Yoon
President, Samsung Gulf Electronics

Real estate

• Mohamed Al Mubarak
CEO, Aldar Properties

• Hussain Sajwani
Founder and chairman, DAMAC Properties

• H.E. Mohamed Ali Alabbar
Chairman, Emaar

• Abdulla Al Habbai
Group chairman, Meraas Holding

• Ali Rashid Lootah
Chairman, Nakheel


• Patrick Chalhoub
CEO, Chalhoub Group

• Omar Kassim
Founder and CEO, JadoPado

• Vipin Sethi
Group CEO, Landmark Group

• Nick Peel
CEO, Marka

• Ronaldo Mouchawar
Co-founder and CEO,

Media and Marketing

• Sunil John
CEO, ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller

• Abdulhamid Juma
Chairman, Dubai International Film Festival

• David Butorac

• Dr Amina Al Rustamani
Group CEO, TECOM Investments

• H.E. Noura Al Kaabi
CEO, twofour54

Tourism and Hospitality

• H.E. Jasem Mohammed Saeed Al Darmaki
Acting director general, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority

• Jan Smits
CEO, Intercontinental Hotels Group AMEA

• Gerald Lawless
President and group CEO, Jumeirah

• Omer Kaddouri
President and CEO, Rotana

• Guido De Wilde
Senior VP and regional director – Middle East, Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Companies of the year

(Arranged in alphabetical order by company)

Aviation and Transport

• Dubai Airports

• Emirates

• Etihad Airways

• flydubai

• Strata


• Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

• Emirates NBD

• Mashreq Bank

• National Bank of Abu Dhabi

• RAK Bank


• Al Noor Hospitals

• Dubai Healthcare City Authority

• Julphar

• NMC Healthcare

• Saudi German Hospital


• ADNOC Distribution

• Dubai Water and Electricity Authority

• Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation


• Masdar


• Etisalat

• Huawei


• Twitter

• Wally

Real estate


• Danube

• Dubai Properties Group

• Emaar

• Nakheel


• Al Ghurair Group

• Chalhoub Group

• Landmark Group

• Majid Al Futtaim Properties

• MarkaVIP

Media and Marketing

• Arabian Radio Network

• Brunswick



• Starz Play Arabia

Tourism and Hospitality

• Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority

• Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

• Hilton

• Hyatt

• Intercontinental Hotels Group

Special categories

(Arranged in alphabetical order by company)

CSR initiative of the year

• Abdullah Al Ghurair Education Foundation

• du

• Emirates Foundation

SME of the year

• Careem

• Kcal

• W Motors

Innovator of the year

• DIFC Courts

• LG

• UAE Space Agency

Businesswoman of the year

• Raja Easa Al Gurg
MD, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group

• Dr Amina Al Rustamani
Group CEO, TECOM Investments

• H.E. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi
Minister of international cooperation and development, UAE Government


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