Winners at the 2021 Gulf Business Awards

Gulf Business, which is celebrating its twenty fifth anniversary this 12 months, held a glittering ceremony for the ninth version of the Gulf Business Awards on November 23 with the area’s high enterprise leaders in attendance.

The prestigious awards, which had been held in-person at the Central Park Towers DIFC in Dubai, honoured regional stalwarts who navigated their firms amidst a difficult financial situation and steered them to success.

A complete of 26 awards had been offered to distinguished enterprise leaders and firms throughout a number of industrial verticals, together with power, tourism and hospitality, transport and logistics, know-how, funding, actual property, banking, healthcare and retail.

Trophies had been additionally handed out to people and organisations throughout choose classes together with Sustainability Company of the Year, SME of the Year, Disruptor of the Year and Businesswoman of the Year. Special recognitions had been additionally given to an ‘Inspiring Entrepreneur’, a ‘Young Business Leader’ and a “Promising Newcomer’.

Gulf Business additionally offered the coveted Lifetime Achievement award to Colm McLoughlin, government vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, for his excellent contribution to the journey retail business.

The award winners had been chosen by an impartial judging panel of esteemed business and enterprise leaders, which included Thomas Kuruvilla, managing companion, Arthur D. Little Middle East; Dr Sonia Ben Jaafar, CEO, Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education; Neil Petch, founder and chairman, Virtugroup; Ian Fairservice, founder and managing companion, Motivate Media Group; and Andrew Wingrove, group director, Motivate Media Group.

The award ceremony was hosted by Motivate Media Group and sponsored by EFG Hermes, One Global, Netafim and OPPO. Event companions embrace Fogo De Chao for F&B, Central Park Towers at DIFC for venue in addition to Jacobsons Direct Marketing.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Colm McLoughlin, government vice chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free


Banking: Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Energy: Masdar

Investment: Yas Holding

Healthcare: G42 Healthcare

Real property: Aldar Properties


Transport and logistics: DP World

Technology: Huawei Middle East

Tourism and hospitality: Millennium Hotels and Resorts


Banking: Rola Abu Manneh, CEO, Standard Chartered UAE

Energy: Paddy Padmanathan, CEO and president, ACWA Power

Investment: Bal Krishen, chairman, Century Financial

Healthcare: Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, chairman and managing director, VPS Healthcare

Real property: Hussain Sajwani, founder, DAMAC Properties

Retail: Mohammad A Baker, deputy chairman and CEO, GMG

Transport and Logistics: Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, chairman of the Hope Consortium Executive Committee; Group CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports

Technology: Nidal Abou-Ltaif, president – Avaya International (EMEA & APAC)

Tourism and Hospitality: Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing


Businesswoman of the Year: Khadija Al Bastaki, government director, Dubai Design District

Sustainability Company of the Year: PepsiCo AMESA (Africa, Middle East and South Asia)

Disruptor of the Year: Anghami

SME of the Year: Dubizzle


Inspiring Entrepreneur of the Year: Dariush Soudi, founding father of Be Unique Group

Young Business Leader of the Year: Adel Sajan, managing director of Danube Group

Promising Newcomer of the Year: Atif Rahman, founding father of AI actual property firm ORO24

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