Gulf business leaders celebrate at CEO Middle East Awards

Fourteen winners honoured at glittering gala dinner held last night in Dubai.
Gulf business leaders celebrate at CEO Middle East Awards
By Staff writer
Wed 16 Sep 2015 09:49 AM

The Gulf’s top executives turned out in force for the CEO Middle East Awards, which were held at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City yesterday evening.

Among the evening’s big winners were Omar Alghanim, the CEO of Alghanim Industries and chairman of Gulf Bank, who picked up the Visionary of the Year Award. Aside from his business roles, Alghanim is also co-chair of WEF Jordan and the co-founder and former chairman of Injaz Al Arab.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Khalid Alkhudair, the CEO of Glowork, a start-up founded in 2011 that has helped find jobs for over 26,000 women in Saudi Arabia.

Emirates NBD’s Shayne Nelson won Banking CEO of the Year, while Ghaith Al Ghaith picked up the Airline CEO of the Year for his work in driving the extraordinary growth of flydubai since its foundation in 2008.

The Telecoms CEO of the Year award was collected by Ooredoo’s group chief executive, Dr Nasser Marafih, who was recognised for the firm’s huge investment into infrastructure, and its strong start to operations in Myanmar.  

Other winners on the night included Noor Bank’s Hussein Al Qemzi, who won Islamic Banking CEO of the Year, and HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, who collected the Energy CEO of the Year award on behalf of Empower.

The Property CEO of the Year prize went to Omniyat boss Mehdi Amjad, while the Healthcare award was picked up by the legendary founder of Aster DM Healthcare, Dr Azad Moopen.

Lals Group tycoon Jayant Ganwani walked away with the Retail CEO of the Year award.

The Industry CEO of the Year was won by Abdallah Massaad, the CEO of the world’s largest ceramics supplier, RAK Ceramics, while Best New Company CEO was picked up by Nshama’s Fred Durie.

The Deal of the Year prize went to Talabat CEO Abdulhamed Al Omar, for his role in the region’s biggest tech buyout since 2009, and Careem’s founders, Mudassir Sheikha and Magnus Olsson, won the Small Business award.

Held annually, the CEO Middle East Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding success, innovation and ethics across the region.

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