The third edition of the celebrated Gulf Business Industry Awards took place in a glittering ceremony on Monday, with over 350 people in attendance to applaud the best in the UAE’s corporate world receive their accolades.
A total of 25 awards – judged by an independent panel and public voting – were handed over to some of the biggest names in the country at The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.
The annual awards commemorated both CEOs and companies within nine individual industries, spanning IT, media, real estate, banking, aviation, tourism, retail, healthcare and energy.
The evening ended with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award handed in person to the winner, His Excellency Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of Emaar (pictured above).
Dubai Duty Free received the ‘UAE Company of the Year’ award, as well as the ‘Retail Company of the Year’, and both were collected in person by George Horan, president of DDF.
Shayne Nelson, CEO of Emirates NBD, collected the award for Banking CEO of the Year, and the coveted overall ‘Gulf Business CEO of the Year’.
(Scroll down to see the full list of winners)
The GBIA independent judging panel included: Firas Nasir, co-head of MENA, Carlyle Group, Ben Bruton, managing partner UAE, Eversheds, Ian Fairservice, managing partner and group editor of Motivate, Peter Cooper, editor of ArabianMoney.net, and Ankush Chibber, editor of Gulf Business.
The evening was hosted by Motivate Publishing, in association with Audi, our official car partner and category sponsors: 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.
List of Winners
Lifetime Achievement Award
H.E. Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar
Retail Company of the Year
Dubai Duty Free
Tourism and Hospitality Company of the Year
Aviation Company of the Year
Media & Marketing Company of the Year
IT/Technology Company of the Year
Dubai Smart Government
Energy Company of the Year
Banking Company of the Year
Healthcare Company of the Year
Al Noor Hospitals
Real Estate Company of the Year
Retail CEO of the Year
George Kostas, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Tourism CEO of the Year
H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, managing director of Expo 2020 Higher Committee
Media & Marketing CEO of the Year
John Antoniades, CEO, Starcom Mediavest Group MENA
Energy CEO of the Year
Saeed Khoory, CEO, ENOC
Banking CEO of the Year
Shayne Nelson, CEO of Emirates NBD
Healthcare CEO of the Year
Marwan Abedin, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City
Aviation CEO of the Year
Sir Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline
IT/Technology CEO of the Year
Osman Sultan, CEO, du
Real Estate CEO of the Year
Abdulla Lahej, group CEO, Emaar
CSR Initiative of the Year
Innovator of the Year
H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, CEO, Mashreq
Entrepreneur of the Year
Mudassar Sheikha, Magnus Olsson, co-founders, Careem
Businesswoman of the Year
Noura Al Kaabi, CEO, twofour54
UAE Company of the Year 2014
Dubai Duty Free
Gulf Business CEO of the Year
Shayne Nelson, CEO, Emirates NBD