The awards lauded luminaries from across the region’s business ecosystem.
Gulf Business, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, held a glittering ceremony for the ninth edition of the Gulf Business Awards on November 23 with the region’s top business leaders in attendance.
The prestigious awards, which were held in-person at the Central Park Towers DIFC in Dubai, honoured regional stalwarts who navigated their companies amidst a challenging economic scenario and steered them to success.
A total of 26 awards were presented to distinguished business leaders and companies across multiple industrial verticals, including energy, tourism and hospitality, transport and logistics, technology, investment, real estate, banking, healthcare and retail.
Trophies were also handed out to individuals and organisations across select categories including Sustainability Company of the Year, SME of the Year, Disruptor of the Year and Businesswoman of the Year. Special recognitions were also given to an ‘Inspiring Entrepreneur’, a ‘Young Business Leader’ and a “Promising Newcomer’.
Gulf Business also presented the coveted Lifetime Achievement award to Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, for his outstanding contribution to the travel retail industry.
The award winners were chosen by an independent judging panel of esteemed industry and business leaders, which included Thomas Kuruvilla, managing partner, Arthur D. Little Middle East; Dr Sonia Ben Jaafar, CEO, Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education; Neil Petch, founder and chairman, Virtugroup; Ian Fairservice, founder and managing partner, Motivate Media Group; and Andrew Wingrove, group director, Motivate Media Group.
The award ceremony was hosted by Motivate Media Group and sponsored by EFG Hermes, One Global, Netafim and OPPO. Event partners include Fogo De Chao for F&B, Central Park Towers at DIFC for venue as well as Jacobsons Direct Marketing.
LIST OF WINNERS 2021
Lifetime Achievement Award: Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free
COMPANIES OF THE YEAR
Banking: Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Healthcare: G42 Healthcare
Investment: Yas Holding
Real estate: Aldar Properties
Technology: Huawei Middle East
Transport and logistics: DP World
Tourism and hospitality: Millennium Hotels and Resorts
BUSINESS LEADERS OF THE YEAR
Banking: Rola Abu Manneh, CEO, Standard Chartered UAE
Energy: Paddy Padmanathan, CEO and president, ACWA Power
Healthcare: Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, chairman and managing director, VPS Healthcare
Investment: Bal Krishen, chairman, Century Financial
Real estate: Hussain Sajwani, founder, DAMAC Properties
Retail: Mohammad A Baker, deputy chairman and CEO, GMG
Technology: Nidal Abou-Ltaif, president – Avaya International (EMEA & APAC)
Transport and Logistics: Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, chairman of the Hope Consortium Executive Committee; Group CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports
Tourism and Hospitality: Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing
BUSINESS EXCELLENCE CATEGORIES
Businesswoman of the Year: Khadija Al Bastaki, executive director, Dubai Design District
Sustainability Company of the Year: PepsiCo AMESA (Africa, Middle East and South Asia)
Disruptor of the Year: Anghami
SME of the Year: Dubizzle
Inspiring Entrepreneur of the Year: Dariush Soudi, founder of Be Unique Group
Young Business Leader of the Year: Adel Sajan, managing director of Danube Group
Promising Newcomer of the Year: Atif Rahman, founder of ORO24
Source: Gulf Business