By Staff Writer
From London to Dubai, Arabian Business honoured a prestigious list of business names throughout the year
As we enter 2020, we look back over the main award winners at our events throughout 2019, a veritable who’s who of those from the region’s business world.
In October, Her Royal Highness Princess Lamia bint Majid AlSaud was honoured at the annual Arabian Business Achievement Awards. At a glittering ceremony in the Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah, Princess Lamia was described as a “ground-breaking game changer”.
Other winners included former CEO of Jumeirah Group, Gerald Lawless, Careem co-founder Mudassir Sheikha, Palestinian-Canadian author Chaker Khazaal, British boxer Amir Khan, Crescent Enterprises CEO Badr Jafar, the founder of Petrochem Middle East, Yogesh Mehta and the team behind Ruwwad. Click here to check out videos and stories from the event, as well as our predictions for the Future Stars of tomorrow.
In April, du CEO Osman Sultan was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement of the Year’ award at the Arabian Business Technology Awards, recognising his 30 years in the industry and at the forefront of the UAE’s telecoms industry. Click here for a gallery of the winners.
Sheikh Mubarak Al Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah led the winners and was guest of honour at the Arabian Business Kuwait Awards 2019 in April. The event, which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, gathered together Kuwait’s finest business leaders, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders and was a chance to recognise their achievements throughout the year. Click here for the list of winners and images of the event.
Better Homes’ chairperson and founder Linda Mahoney led the winners at the Arabian Business Real Estate Awards held in Dubai in June, taking home the Legend Award 2019. In her remarks at the awards, Mahoney said that "it has been a long challenge but a wonderful ride" since the company began operations in 1986.
Later that month, Lebanese businessman Ayman Hariri, the son of the late Rafik Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon, was one of the top award winners at the first-ever Arabian Business London Awards, which were held at a gala reception at 8, Northumberland Avenue in central London on June 21.
The awards event was held in two parts: The first section honoured those who have made major contributions to British society, while part two included a select group of achievers from our home region who have enjoyed success on a truly global scale and deserved to have their contributions acknowledged. Check out all the winners here.
In September, the CEO of Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait, Michel Accad, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the CEO Middle East Awards 2019. Sixteen winners were honoured at the gala black tie event at Waldorf Astoria DIFC, including Dr Azad Moopen, founder and chairman of Aster DM Healthcare. Dr Moopen has been the driving force behind the success of the healthcare sector in the Middle East and received the Visionary CEO of the Year Award in recognition of his contribution.
Last month, UAE-based Okadoc has been named Start-up of the Year at the annual Arabian Business Start-up Awards in the Waldorf Astoria on Palm Jumeirah. The company, which connects healthcare providers and doctors with their patients, beat off strong competition from over 75 nominations to claim the prestigious accolade.
The year ended with the businesswoman Nashwa Al-Ruwaini was among the main winners at the Arabian Business Saudi Awards, which took place at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh. 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. Click here to see the other trophy winners on the night.