Emirates awarded UAE Company of the Year at The Gulf Business Industry Awards 2013

Dubai. September 24, 2013.

The region’s most sought after corporate awards night, The Gulf Business Industry Awards (GBIA) 2013, held on Monday, September 23, has named Emirates UAE Company of the Year.

“This is the readers’ choice, the view of the business public,” said Ian Fairservice, Managing Partner and Group Editor at Motivate, which owns the 17-year-old Gulf Business magazine and its website gulfbusiness.com.

“Readers of Gulf Business and gulfbusiness.com were invited to select from ten companies picked by industry experts and vote on the magazine website.”

Industry icon and real estate giant Khalaf Al Habtoor, founder and chairman of the Al Habtoor Group, was awarded the prestigious Gulf Business 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Experts from the UAE’s vibrant corporate landscape made up GBIA’s independent judging panel: Ian Fairservice, Managing Partner and Group Editor, Motivate; Ibrahim Al Ansari, CEO of Dubai First; Husam Hourani, Managing Partner at Al Tamimi; Y. S Shashidhar, Managing Director of Frost and Sullivan MENA; and Peter Cooper, Editor of the ArabianMoney website; and Alicia Buller, Editor of Gulf Business.

The Gulf Business Industry Awards recognise the very best achievements of individuals and companies across 24 categories from the region’s key industry sectors, including banking, real estate and technology.

Winners are:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Khalaf Al Habtoor, Founder and Chairman, Al Habtoor Group

GULF BUSINESS CEO OF THE YEAR
H. E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

MEDIA AND MARKETING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Middle East Broadcasting Centre

IT AND TECHNOLOGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Souq.com

ENERGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

RETAIL COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Majid Al Futtaim

EDUCATION COMPANY OF THE YEAR
GEMS Education

REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Emaar

AVIATION COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Emirates

BANKING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
First Gulf Bank

MEDIA AND MARKETING CEO OF THE YEAR
Elie Khouri, Omnicom Media Group, MENA

IT AND TECHNOLOGY CEO OF THE YEAR
Ronaldo Mouchawar, Souq.com

ENERGY CEO OF THE YEAR
H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY CEO OF THE YEAR
Helal Al Marri, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

RETAIL CEO OF THE YEAR
Yusuffali M.A., Lulu Group International

EDUCATION CEO OF THE YEAR
Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

REAL ESTATE CEO OF THE YEAR
Hussain Sajwani, Damac

AVIATION CEO OF THE YEAR
Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports

BANKING CEO OF THE YEAR
André Sayegh, First Gulf Bank

SPECIAL CSR AWARD
Abraaj Capital

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Chris Thomas and Sam Quawasmi, Co-founders, Eureeca

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Fadi Malas, CEO, Just Falafel

BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Salma Hareb, CEO, Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority

UAE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Emirates

GBIA 2013 was hosted by Motivate, in association with Marina Gulf and co-sponsored by Alpari, Nikon, Servcorp, International Printing Press and The Oberoi, Dubai.

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