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Businesswoman Nashwa Al-Ruwaini among the top winners at the Arabian Business Saudi Awards

Prestigious Arabian Business Saudi Awards took place at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh

Businesswoman Nashwa Al-Ruwaini among the top winners at the Arabian Business Saudi Awards

Al-Ruwaini, who began her career in the media industry before branching out into media production and consulting, marketing, PR, financial investments, medical and manufacturing, took home the Businesswoman of the Year award.

Businesswoman Nashwa Al-Ruwaini was among the main winners at the prestigious Arabian Business Saudi Awards, which took place at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh on Thursday.

Al-Ruwaini, who began her career in the media industry before branching out into media production and consulting, marketing, PR, financial investments, medical and manufacturing, took home the Businesswoman of the Year award.

The CEO of the Pyramedia Group, her media production and consulting arm has worked on several award-winning productions such as The Millions Poet and Prince of Poets. She was the first person to set up the Middle East Film Festival and the EMMY awards in the Middle East and has consulted and cast for several Hollywood productions such as Pirates of the Caribbean.

Another major winner was a company which was established in 1983 with a hefty task: tackling the world’s housing problems. Memaar Al Morshedy’s solution? It recently teamed up with Mohamed Hadid to build Skyline, which will be the largest residential building in the world, based on Guinness World Records. It’s a project unlike any other, not just in Egypt but anywhere in the world. The developer was awarded the Award for Innovation.

The event, which was sponsored by Mastercard, saw District Cooling Developer of the Year go to Saudi Tabreed, while the winner of Fastest Growing Bank of the Year was Riyad Bank

The newly rebranded Seera, the kingdom’s largest travel company, won Tourism Company of the Year and Seychelles Tourism was awarded Destination of the Year.

HyperPay, which this summer announced a new agreement with STC Pay - the kingdom's most favourable payment method – was awarded FinTech Company of the Year.

Technology Company of the Year went to Mastercard, while Ejad, which specialises in providing consulting services and offshore software development, was awarded Software Company of the Year.

Cihan Yilmaz from MAPA Construction and Trade Company, a leader who heads up one of the two major contracting companies under the MNG Group of Companies and a driving force in the kingdom’s construction sector, was the winner of Construction CEO of the Year.

Business Incubators and Accelerators Company (BIAC), established in 2017 as a subsidiary of the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA) and owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), was awarded Incubator and Accelerator Operator of the Year.

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