Emirati vlogger Khalid Al Ameri as named as social media personality of the year
Emirates airline, RAK Bank, Dubai Duty Free and Le Mer are among the most preferred brands by Filipinos in the UAE.
The Filipino Times Awards – in which more than 40,000 people voted – recognise companies that have provided extensive services to Filipinos in the UAE. In total, 34 brands and companies were selected from a list of nominees.
Other brands recognised include du, Sharaf DG, Under Armour, Carrefour, City Centre Deira and Sun & Sand spots.
Companies in the list of winners included Global Village, La Mer, Dubai Duty Free, Nikon and Cebu Pacific.
“The awardees for this year, as in previous years, exemplify the very best of our country as they prove their mettle and conquer new ground,” said Paul Raymond Cortes, Philippine Consul General in Dubai and Northern Emirates. “They all richly deserve the accolade given to them.”
The awards also recognised Emirati vlogger Khalid Al Ameri as personality of the year on social media, “for his incredible contribution to representing the UAE as a model country for tolerance and understanding, as well as his valuable contribution in bridging the gap between different cultures through his thought provoking social media content.”
Recently, Al Ameri made international headlines by defending the rights of Filipino domestic workers in response to Kuwaiti social media star Sondos Al Qattan’s controversial criticism of legislation designed to protect their rights.
“What I tell people is that if you take one step forward towards the Filipino community, they'll take two steps forward towards you,” Al Ameri said in a statement accepting the award. “They are always ready to welcome you.”