Ayman Hariri named Visionary of the Year at Arabian Business awards

Lifetime Achievement award went to Major General Mohammed Al Marri, the Director General of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department
Ayman Hariri named Visionary of the Year at Arabian Business awards
Ayman Hariri receives the Visionary of the Year award from Walid Akawi, CEO of ITP Publishing.
By Staff writer
Tue 29 Nov 2016 01:00 PM

Ayman Hariri received the Visionary of the Year award at the Arabian Business Achievement awards, held at Armani Hotel, Dubai.

Hariri, son of the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, rose to become deputy chairman of the Saudi construction giant Oger before launching a new app Vero, which has already become a global sensation as it aims to take on Facebook.

The Lifetime Achievement award went to Major General Mohammed Al Marri, the Director General of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD).

Having started his career as a policeman in Dubai more than 30 years ago, Al Marri completely re-invented the visa process for expats and tourists in Dubai and oversaw a huge transformation as the DNRD moved into an online operation.


Major General Mohammed Al Marri, the Director General of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department receives the Lifetime Achievement award from Walid Awaki, CEO of ITP Publishing.

The Outstanding Contribution to Business award was given to Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group. In just eight years, since wasl was established and he was appointed as CEO, Al Qassim has overseen its transformation from its previous incarnation as The Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC), to its current status as one of the region’s best- known and highly-regarded real estate and property management organisations.


Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group receives the Outstanding Contribution to Business award from Walid Awaki, CEO of ITP Publishing.

The Humanitarian of the Year award went to the Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, which supports education for Arabs.

Thanks to its scholarship programmes, 15 thousand young Arabs without financial backing will be given the opportunity to study for degrees in science, engineering, technology and math. Another 5,000 Emirati students will be helped through the pre-college process, with more than $1.2 billion of funding committed into these projects.

Full list of award winners:

Social Services Provider of the Year - Manzil School Sharjah

Travel & Tourism Company of the Year - Dubai Airports CEO, Paul Griffiths

IT & Telecoms Company of the Year – Etisalat

Energy & Industry Company of the Year - ACWA Power

Contribution to UAE Culture Award - Global Village

Retail & FMCG Company of the Year category - Azadea Group

Banking & Finance Company of the Year - Emirates NBD

Government Services Award - Abu Dhabi’s Regulation & Supervision Bureau

Developer of the Year – Emaar

Young Achiever of the Year - CEO of Injaz Egypt, Dina El Mofty

Media & Marketing Company of the Year - Sunil John, ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller

Humanitarian of the Year - Sultan Al Ghurair

Businesswomen of the Year - Batelco’s CEO, Muna Al Hashemi

Businessman of the Year - First Gulf Bank MD Abdulhamid Mohammed Saeed

Outstanding Contribution to Business - Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group

Visionary of the Year - Ayman Hariri

Lifetime Achievement - Major General Mohammed Al Marri


The award winners pictured on stage at the Armani Hotel, Dubai.

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