By Anil Bhoyrul
Mashreq boss honoured along with other top company chiefs at CEO Middle East Awards.
Mashreq boss Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair has been honoured with a special Lifetime Achievement Award, at the CEO Middle East Awards held on Monday night at Dubai’s Raffles Hotel.
The judges noted that under his leadership, Mashreq “became the first bank to introduce credit cards and ATM machines in the UAE. It has become one of the most respected banks in the world. Few people have made such a great contribution to UAE business as this man”.
Al Ghurair, who attended the ceremony before flying off to New York, was one of 14 business leaders to scoop awards.
Etisalat chairman Mohammed Omran receiving a special award for 'Outstanding Achievement', while Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani, of Amwal, received 'Businesswoman of the Year'.
One of the biggest cheers of the night was received for Hydra CEO Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim, who picked up 'International Achievement' in recognition for his part in brokering the Abu Dhabi takeover of Manchester City Football Club.
Other winners included James Hogan (Aviation), Elie Khouri (Media & Marketing) and Riad Kamal (Construction). ACI Real Estate’s Robin Lohmann picked up the award for 'innovation'.
The evening also featured a special guest speech from easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.
Full winners list: (Click on the name links to read a previous interview with Arabian Business)
MEDIA AND MARKETING CEOElie Khouri, OMG
CONSTRUCTION CEORiad Kamal, Arabtec
HOME FINANCE CEOArif Alharmi , Amlak
BANKING CEOPeter Panayiotou, Gulf Finance House
RETAIL CEOAdel Zarooni, Rivoli Group
TELECOMS CEODr. Saad Al-Barrak, Zain
TECHNOLOGY CEOKhaled Faraj Al-Saeid, ITS Group
AVIATION CEOJames Hogan, Etihad Airways
FEMALE CEOSheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani, Amwal
ENTREPRENEURMarzooq Rashed Al-Rashdan, Abyaar
INNOVATIONRobin Lohmann, ACI
INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTDr. Sulaiman Al Fahim, Hydra Properties
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTMohammed Omran, Etisalat
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTAbdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Mashreq