Bader Al Darwish wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Retail king takes top honours in Qatar at Arabian Business awards ceremony

Retail king Bader Al Darwish took the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arabian Business Qatar Awards on Tuesday night.

The business legend was one of 17 to be honoured at the event held in Doha’s Grand Hyatt.

The judges noted that under his leadership, his company “has continued its growth in all sectors. On 20 November 2011, the Holding company introduced the largest multi-brand luxury store in the Middle East, Fifty One East, which spans over 13,500 sq m of space. It also developed and operates the $348m luxury Lagoona Mall.”

Other big winners included Sheikh Thani Bin Abdallah Al Thani for “Outstanding Contribution to Business”, while Hisham Al Mana won Businessman of the Year.

Urbacon was awarded Construction Company of the Year, with QIIB taking Islamic Bank of the Year, and Barwa Bank winning Bank of the Year. First Finance won Best Finance House, and Daman Health walked away with Insurance Company of the Year.

Shane McGinley, Executive Editor of Arabian Business, said: “It has been a phenomenal year for business in Qatar. Choosing just 17 winners was very tough, but the companies and leaders winning awards tonight are, we believe, the very best not just in Qatar but anywhere in the region.”


Retail Bank of the Year: Ahli Bank

Islamic Bank of the Year: QIIB

Bank of the Year: Barwa Bank

Insurance Company of the Year: DAMAN Health

Fastest Growing company of the Year: Sharaka Holding

Best Finance House: First Finance

Retail Company of the Year: FIFTY ONE EAST

Best Architectural Project: Valley City Project “SAK Holding"

Hospitality and Tourism Company of the Year: Souq Waqif

Telecoms Company of the Year: Ooredoo

Logistic Company of the Year: MILAHA

Best Residential of the year: Qatar Coral

Construction Company of the Year: Urbacon

Businessman of the Year: Hisham Al Mana

Best Educational institutes: Qatar University

Outstanding Contribution to Businesses: Sheikh Thani Bin Abdallah Al-Thani

Lifetime Achievement: Bader Abdullah Al Darwish

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