Winner

Camilla and Lucy d’Abo, DABO & CO

Sisters Lucy and Camilla d’Abo are the founders and managing partners of DABO & CO, one of the region’s leading communications companies, built on the three key disciplines of public relations, event management and digital. The business serves a cross section of more than 50 leading brands, including HSBC, BMW, Canon, Marriott and Nokia, and spans 15 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Since launching in 2004, DABO & CO has established a reputation for quality, integrity and creativity, underlined by its impressive track record of 20 industry awards. It offers specialist sector knowledge with a focus on strategy, aligned with strong market insights. Excellent regional relationships guarantee in-depth, measurable communication campaigns and impactful results.

The judges said

This honour goes to two entrepreneurs whose empowerment and development of their team really stood out. The sisters are particularly proud of how they have empowered their female employees.

Finalists

Patricia O’Sullivan, Protraining

In operation since 2003, Protraining is a consultancy offering training solutions based on experiential and discovery learning.

Heidar Djoyaeian, Supermart.ae

Launched in April 2011, Supermart is an online grocery store, serving thousands of customers, mostly in south Dubai.

Shailesh Dash, Al-Masah Capital

Al-Masah Capital is a leading alternative investment management firm, providing tailored private equity, asset management, corporate and real estate advisory, as well as public market research services.

Jai Mulani, IBT

IBT is an end-to-end information and communications technology company based in Dubai, offering consultancy and turn-key solutions.

Shahriar Khodjasteh, Dubai Desert Extreme (DDE)

DDE was formed in 2001 with the mission of becoming a leading distributor of sports equipment, apparel and footwear in the Middle East.

Sassan Dieter Khatib-Shahidi, German Imaging Technologies (GIT) Dubai

GIT strives to be the industry segment market leader in the Middle East and North Africa by providing high-quality printer cartridges.

Wadih Haddad, The Box Self Storage Service

The Box is known for being Dubai’s preferred storage and moving provider, and also supplies packaging materials.

Aly Rahimtoola, Herbline

Herbline Essentials is a range of 100 per cent natural beauty products made from Ayurvedic ingredients sourced in the Himalayas.

Ibrahim bin Shaheen, DGT

Established in 2003 in Dubai, DGT is a general trading company engaged in the import, export and distribution of food and beverages.