The Gulf Business Awards 2018 was attended by the best and brightest in the region’s business community.
The prestigious annual Gulf Business Awards took place in a dazzling ceremony on Monday evening at The Oberoi, Dubai, with some of the region’s top business executives in attendance.
The seventh edition of the event saw a total of 21 awards given away, with each winner selected by an independent judging panel.
For the first time this year judging was opened up to the public vote, which acted as a sixth judge.
The Gulf Business Awards 2018 celebrated excellence in the corporate world and recognised companies and business leaders across the banking, real estate, aviation and transport, retail, energy, tourism and hospitality and healthcare sectors.
Winners were also honoured across four special categories – SME of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Businesswoman of the Year and Happiness and Positivity Company of the Year.
For her enormous achievements and ceaseless contributions to the UAE’s political and business landscape, the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 was given to HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi - the UAE’s first female cabinet minister and president of Zayed University.
The coveted Gulf Business Company of the Year award was won by Dubai Duty Free, while the recipient of the Business Leader of the Year award was the CEO of Emirates Foundation, Her Excellency Maytha Al Habsi.
The judging panel included: Mumzworld.com COO and founder Mona Ataya, Motivate partner and group editor-in-chief Ian Fairservice, Crescent Enterprises CEO Badr Jafar, Kanoo Group chairman Mishal Kanoo and Gulf Business editor Neil King.
The evening was hosted by Motivate Publishing in association with sponsors Eaton, Finesse, Crowe, Jacobsons, Design Studio – Floral Atelier and African + Eastern.
Gulf Business Awards 2018 – WINNERS
Lifetime Achievement Award: HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi
Business leader of the Year: HE Maytha Al Habsi
Company of the Year: Dubai Duty Free
Aviation & Transport Company of the Year: Careem
Banking Company of the Year: National Commercial Bank
Energy Company of the Year: DEWA
Healthcare Company of the Year: King’s College Hospital London in the UAE
Real Estate Company of the Year: Emaar
Retail Company of the Year: Dubai Duty Free
Tourism & Hospitality Company of the Year: Rotana Hotels & Resorts
Aviation & Transport Business Leader of the Year: Sir Tim Clark, Emirates
Banking Business Leader of the Year: Abdulhamid M Saaed, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Energy Business Leader of the Year: HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
Healthcare Business Leader of the Year: Dr Azad Moopen, Aster DM Healthcare
Real Estate Business Leader of the Year: Hussain Sajwani, DAMAC
Retail Business Leader of the Year: Mohammed Abdulmagied Seddiqi, Ahmed Siddiqi & Sons
Tourism & Hospitality Business Leader of the Year: Manuel Rabaté, Louvre Abu Dhabi
Businesswoman of the Year: HE Maytha Al Habsi, Emirates Foundation
Happiness & Positivity Company of the Year: Landmark Group, Happiness Movement
Innovator of the Year: DP World & Virgin Hyperloop One
SME of the Year: Pure Harvest Smart Farms