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.”
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
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