It is already the biggest awards ceremony in the Middle East. But this November, the Arabian Business Achievement Awards will be elevated to a new level, as former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair appears as the guest of honour and keynote speaker.
For over a decade, the Arabian Business Achievement Awards has been the premier awards ceremony in the business calendar, graced by the likes of HM King Abdullah II of Jordan, HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, HRH King Mohammed VI of Morocco and HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai.
However, the 2013 event promises to be the most spectacular of all, with Tony Blair due to make a 30-minute keynote speech on global and economic affairs. Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain’s Labour Party (1994 to 2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007).
Blair continues to be active in public life. He has many interests, not least his current role in the Middle East, which takes up the largest proportion of his time. Since leaving Downing Street, Blair has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the United States of America, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community’s effort to secure peace.
Not only will the former Prime Minister give the keynote address, but he will also host an exclusive reception for VIP guests shortly before the awards ceremony. On the following morning, Blair will also appear on stage at the 9th Arabian Business Economic Forum. There, he will debate with the BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil the key issues arising from his speech at the awards ceremony.
Given Blair’s involvement, the 2013 Arabian Business Achievement Awards are set to be the biggest in the history of the magazine, with 600 business leaders from across the MENA region in attendance.
The evening will conclude with the announcement of the ten winners of the Arabian Business Achievement Awards, who will receive their trophies in the presence of Tony Blair.