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.
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.
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
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