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Mon 19 Nov 2012 10:00 PM

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Al Marri wins top honour at Arabian Business Awards

DWTC boss among 15 leaders and companies who receive awards at annual ceremony

Al Marri wins top honour at Arabian Business Awards
Helal Al Marri, CEO Dubai World Trade Centre.

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.”


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 Masood

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