Egyptian television talk show star Bassem Youssef has been crowned “Man of the Year” at this year’s Esquire Middle East Awards.
The 39-year-old former cardiac surgeon collected the award at a star studded event in Dubai’s Conrad Hotel on Thursday night. Youssef’s satirical show El Bernameg has earned him plaudits around the world and dubbed him the “Arab Jon Stewart”, with Time magazine naming him one of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Other big winners included the man who helped launch Emirates Airline, Sir Maurice Flanagan, winning Lifetime Achievement, and Saif Belhasa named Businessman of the Year. Badr Jafar won Entrepreneur of the Year. Al Tayer Motors CEO Ashok took “CEO of the Year.”
Full list of winners
Local Fashion Brand: Hatem Al Akeel
International Fashion Brand: Dior Homme
Up And Coming Award: Harmeek Singh
Woman We Love: Lara Scandar
Woman of the Year: Haifaa Al Mansour
Contribution to the Arts: Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal
Music Award: Hollaphonic
Cultural Ambassador: Navid Negahban
Sports Event : Dubai International Parachuting Championship
Sports Team: Afghanistan cricket team
Contribution to Sports: Stewart Howison
Business Man of the Year: Saif Belhasa
CEO of the Year: Ashok Khanna
Entrepreneur Award : Badr Jafar
Humanitarian: Red Crescent chairman, His Excellency Dr Hamdan Musalam Al-Mazroue
Lifetime Achievement : Sir Maurice Flanagan KBE
Man of the Year: Bassem Youssef
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