Dubai World Trade Centre boss Helal Al Marri walked away with the coveted Outstanding Contribution to Business Award at the Arabian Business Achievement Awards 2012 on Monday night at Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai.
The judges remarked that Al Marri "had personally done incredible work to promote Dubai as a trade and tourism hub over many years".
Other big winners included Zamil Group CEO Abdulla Zamil winning Businessman of the Year, while NStyle founder Lama Bazzari won Businesswoman of the Year.
The Arab born scientist behind the recent Curiosity Rover landing on Mars, Charles Elachi, received the Visionary of the Year award. Elachi flew in from Los Angeles to collect his award in person.
Other winners included RAKBANK for Bank of the Year, Consolidated Contractors Company for Construction Company of the Year and Hikma Pharmaceuticals for Healthcare Company of the Year. Emirates Airline won Airline of the Year.
Karam Awad, managing director of ITP Executive – publishers of Arabian Business – said: “Despite the challenging economic conditions, tonight’s event has again demonstrated that there is no shortage of success stories all across the Arab world.
"We had close to 900 entries this year, and the 15 winners we have chosen are, we believe, amongst the very best companies and leaders anywhere in the world.”
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Outstanding Contribution to Business: Helal Al Marri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre
Businessman of the Year: Abdulla Mohammed Al Zamil, CEO, Zamil Industrial Investment Company
Businesswoman of the Year: Lama Bazzari, founder, NStyle
Visionary of the Year: Dr Charles Elachi, executive director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Science & Innovation Award: Khaled Al Subai, leader, Qatar Exoplanet Survey
Investment Company of the Year: Gulf Capital
Construction Company of the Year: Consolidated Contractors Company
Retail Company of the Year: Paris Group
Small Business of the Year: Sugar Daddy’s Bakery
Developer of the Year: Kinan International Real Estate
Airline of the Year: Emirates Airline
Fastest Growing Company: Al Adil Trading
Healthcare Company of the Year: Hikma Pharmaceuticals
Bank of the Year: RAKBANK
Young Achiever of the Year: Iba MasoodFor all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.