Khalaf Al Habtoor, founder and chairman of the Al Habtoor Group, receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ian Fairservice.
At the second glittering Gulf Business Industry Awards 2013 ceremony on Monday, over 300 people turned out on the red carpet to see the stars of the UAE’s corporate world receive their accolades.
With a total of 24 independently judged awards and one hotly-contested Readers’ Choice accolade for ‘UAE Company Of The Year’, the evening witnessed the attendance of some of the biggest names in business.
The annual awards commemorated both CEOs and companies within nine individual industries, spanning IT, media, real estate, banking, aviation, tourism, retail, education and energy.
The evening began with Khalaf Al Habtoor, founder and chairman of the Al Habtoor Group, winning the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award (above).
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His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO, DEWA
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, collected the award for Energy Company of the Year, Energy CEO of the Year, and the coveted overall ‘Gulf Business CEO of the Year’ award.
TIM CLARK, PRESIDENT, EMIRATES
Tim Clark, president of Emirates, received the ‘UAE Company of the Year’ award in person, as well as ‘Aviation Company of the Year’, on behalf of the carrier.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, collected the award for ‘Aviation CEO of the Year’.
Elie Khouri, CEO of Omnicom Media Group
Elie Khouri, CEO of Omnicom Media Group, collected the award for ‘Media and Marketing CEO of the Year’.
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The GBIA independent judging panel included: Ibrahim Al Ansari, CEO of Dubai First; Husam Hourani, managing partner at Al Tamimi; Y. S Shashidhar, managing director of Frost and Sullivan MENA; Peter Cooper, editor of ArabianMoney.net; and Alicia Buller, editor of Gulf Business.
GBIA 2013 was hosted by Motivate Publishing, in association with Marina Gulf and co-sponsored by Alpari, Nikon, and Servcorp.
List of Winners
Lifetime Achievement Award
Khalaf Al Habtoor, founder and chairman of the Al Habtoor Group
Media & Marketing Company of the Year
IT/Technology Company of the Year
Energy Company of the Year
Tourism and Hospitality Company of the Year
Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing
Retail Company of the Year
Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Education Company of the Year
Real Estate Company of the Year
Aviation Company of the Year
Banking Company of the Year
First Gulf Bank
Media & Marketing CEO of the Year
Elie Khouri, CEO of Omnicom Media Group MENA
IT/Technology CEO of the Year
Ronaldo Mouchawar, founder and CEO, Souq.com
Energy CEO of the Year
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA)
Tourism CEO of the Year
Helal Al Marri, DTCM
Retail CEO of the Year
Yussufali MA, founder of Lulu Group International
Education CEO of the Year
Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, president, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
Real Estate CEO of the Year
Hussain Sajwani, founder, Damac Properties
Aviation CEO of the Year
Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports
Banking CEO of the Year
Andre Sayegh, CEO, First Gulf Bank
Special CSR Award
Innovator of the Year
Chris Thomas and Sam Quawasmi, co-founders of Eureeca
Entrepreneur of the Year
Fadi Malas, CEO, Just Falafel
Businesswoman of the Year
Salma Hareb, CEO of Jebel Ali Freezone and Economic Zones World
UAE Company of the Year 2013
Gulf Business CEO of the Year
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA