In pictures: Arabian Business Achievement Awards Kuwait

Kuwait's leading entrepreneurs and CEOs were honoured at the at Arabian Business Achievement Awards, which took place at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel on May 6. The sixteen winners revealed the diversity of Kuwait's business environment, with entrepreneurs, family heads, corporate CEOs and successful women all scooping the top honours.
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Innovation Award: Carriage

This game-changing start-up introduced the on-demand economy to Kuwait in 2016, through an technology platform for everything from food, flowers, pharmaceuticals, to health supplements and groceries.

The company eases the daily experience of its customers and partners through its own delivery fleet.

Last year it rapidly expanded to the rest of the region with 5 countries and 9 cities.

Regional marketing director Abdullah Al Watayan collected the award on behalf of the CEO and co-founder, Abdullah Al-Mutawaa. It was presented by Wassim Sahab from event sponsor Bombardier.

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Outstanding Contribution to Fashion: Farah Al Babtain, GroupXen

Farah Al Babtain is creative director of GroupXen, which encompasses a diverse bundle of companies ranging from athletics, architecture, interiors, furniture, event planning, fine arts and retail.

She strives to present the company's services to clients promising a unique and innovative experience.

The aim is to create an exclusive and luxurious experience, which set new benchmarks with detailed high standards.

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Inspiration Award: Spark Athletic

Spark Athletic is Kuwait’s leader in integrated sport performance training, nutrition, and physical therapy for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

Founded in 2013 as an incubator for professional and elite athletes, its elite centre provides training, nutrition, and physical therapy programs.

Its founders firmly believe in the importance of sports science and integrating this into all aspects of training.

The company combines the latest technology with a professional coaching staff to produce world-class results.

CEO Abdul Mohsen Al Babtain collected the award.

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Outstanding Contribution to Design: Pace Kuwait

Pace Kuwait is one of the leading multi-disciplinary consultancy firms in the region, providing specialised, integrated and professional architecture, engineering and planning services to a wide range of public and private sector clients.

The company has influenced the development of the urban planning within the region, starting with Kuwait’s skyline landmarks. Notable projects include: The Avenues, Central Bank of Kuwait, The National Museum, The College of Education and The New Jahra Hospital.

CEO Tarek Shuaib collected the award.

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Fast Growing Business of the Year: Gastronomica

The winning company is a leading restaurant operator of original upscale dining concepts.

First launched in Kuwait, it has since expanded to KSA, Oman, the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain.

The company currently has eight unique popular dining concepts, created in-house from the ground up and aims to be the leader of original dining concepts in the Middle East.

The founder and CEO is Basil Al Salem and he collected the award.

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Industry Award: Integrated Holding Company

This next winner was established with an aim to provide best quality and services under one umbrella for all logistics, engineering and equipment requirements in the MENA region.

This group of companies provides unique, specialised services to vital business sectors, including oil field, energy and infrastructure.

That company is Integrated Holding Company and its chairman and CEO, Jassim Mustafa Boodai collected the award.

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Aviation Company of the Year: Jazeera Airways

As the largest private airline operating out of Kuwait, Jazeera Airways strives to provide a seamless travel experience to all its passengers.

Established in 2004, the company is the first non-government owned airline in the Middle East, continuing to be one of the few Middle East-based private airlines to this day.

Each year, it serves over 1.2 million passengers, flying to 17 inspiring destinations.

CEO, Rohit Ramachandran, collected the award.

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Financial Services Company of the Year: Bukhamseen Group

This diversified group of companies started off more than half a century ago. It grew from a family business to a full-fledged institution with interests in several economic sectors.

With its robust presence in financial investment and banking, the group has exemplified well established family values derived from deep-rooted Arab tradition.

But it has also continuously accommodated to changing times, inspiring more people in Kuwait and the Middle East to carry forward their businesses.

Its chairman and board member, Raed Bukhamseen, collected the award.

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Corporate Communications Company of the Year: Bensirri PR

This independent home-grown communications firm based in Kuwait helps blue chips and rising stars tell their story.

An expert in social media strategy, reputation management, building investor stories, positioning transactions and communicating to stakeholders, clients include Kuwait Parliament, Jazeera Airways and Exxon Mobil.

In the last five years it has served as communication consultants on over $1.5 billion worth of financial transactions.

Founder and managing partner, Fawaz Al Sirri, collected the award.

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Business Excellence award: Noura Al Arfaj, Al Arfaj Group

Noura Al Arfaj plays a vital role in the family business. In 1961, the Al Arfaj family created a business that initially offered environmental and waste management solutions.

It quickly diversified to accommodate Kuwait’s evolving needs in building services, real estate development, and the business-to-business sector.

Today, like the familiar national flower after which it is named, the Al Arfaj Group flourishes in Kuwait. It’s a tribute to this family that she has played a huge role in the company’s development.

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Best Communication & Social Media Offices – Government Sector: Ministry of Finance

The winner of the Best Communication & Social Media Offices award has the vital task of keeping the country’s finances in order.

In 1982 the Public Investment Authority was established and attached to this ministry. The Kuwait Investment Authority was founded in 1985 and is also under the control of the ministry.

It regulates the Kuwaiti stock market along with the Kuwait Stock Exchange, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Central Bank of Kuwait.

These are clearly all vital tasks. And to do them well, to keep the country on course, it must also communicate its policies, its position and its procedures as clearly as possible.

Hayat Almu Wajid, Alia Rajab and Saleh Al Milhim from the ministry collected the award.

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Fintech Company of the Year: PayTabs

Established in 2014 by Saudi entrepreneur, Abdul Aziz Al Jouf, PayTabs processes payments securely and efficiently.

The company caters to business enterprises via different models. It offers ‘plug and play’ features on client websites. It even creates instant online stores.

And it prides itself on offering simple invoicing services for merchants and professionals.

With a global presence and offices in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, India and the Philippines, our winner is fast emerging as the preferred payment solution company for businesses globally.

Ramshid KM. Muhammed Ali, senior regional business manager, and Mohamed Ali, business relationship manager, collected the award.

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Telecoms Company of the Year: Quality Net

Quality Net is Kuwait’s leading total solutions provider, offering ICT, enterprise, security solutions and global services to corporate customers in the Middle East and worldwide.

It does this through working with its renowned technology partners all over the world.

Established in 1998 and leading the industry since inception, the company’s vision is to continuously strengthen its commitment to technological development in Kuwait, and to cater to the interests of the nation.

CEO, Mohamed Al-Nusif, collected the award.

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Female CEO of the Year: Asil Attar

The CEO of Al Yasra Fashion is a dynamic leader within the global fashion and retail industry.

Her unique understanding of both the creative and commercial elements of a business has placed her with some of the world’s leading department stores, brands and retail groups.

She has won a number of accolades, including a place in the top 100 most powerful Arab Women by Arabian Business in 2012.

She firmly believes that people are her number one asset, driving performance through motivating and engaging her teams, delivering success and directly impacting the bottom line.

Nicole Deumens, Chief Marketing Officer, collected the award on her behalf.

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Bank of the Year: Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait

The foundation of this bank goes back to 1967, and in the subsequent 51 years it has become renowned for its customer service and range of financial products.

Its regional aspirations have led to strategic alliances with world-class financial partners. For example, its highly successful co-branding with Emirates Airline on credit cards.

The Bank also has a highly successful Corporate Division, while the Treasury and Investments Division provides effective foreign exchange and interest rate services and advice.

It offers top-performing mutual funds to its clients, consistently providing excellent returns for clients.

No wonder the Bank continues to enjoy strong credit agency ratings. With a clear regional vison it has set new benchmarks for banking and is well positioned to continue this path in the future.

Abdullah Al Sumait, Deputy Chief General Manager, and Fawzy Althunayan, General Manager of Board Affairs, collected the award.

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Lifetime Achievement: Saud Alarfaj

Named after the national flower of Kuwait, the Al Arfaj Group exists to be appreciated by business clients who seek expertise, wise counsel, guidance, and tailored solutions to a variety of challenges that exist in Kuwait’s dynamic, but complex environment.

This family-run business, which has been growing and helping shape its country of origin for the past 57 years, is now headed up by a man who has done so much to catapult the business into the modern era.

He says: “Today, like the familiar national flower, the Al Arfaj Group flourishes in Kuwait, and provides a steady and cherished path to satisfaction and success for all who seek our knowledge, resources, and solutions. In the spirit of developing a mutually beneficial partnership, I welcome you to Al Arfaj Group.”

Sadly he was out of the country on business, so his son Mishari Alarfaj along with his daughter Hana Alarfaj, collected the award which was presented by Wassim Sahab from event sponsor, Bombardier.

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