‘Identifying the best businesses in the Middle East has been a challenging but extremely rewarding project for MEED. This first crop of winners have set a new regional standard for excellence in both strategy and management, and have created a benchmark by which future contenders will be judged,’ commented Edmund O’Sullivan, MEED’s publishing director and the developer of the awards concept.
‘MEED is especially appreciative of the quality of the award entries we received, as well as the hard work and commitment from our judges and sponsors,’ added O’Sullivan.
‘The enthusiasm with which the first MEED Awards were received by the region’s business community has guaranteed that MEED will continue its initiative to recognise outstanding achievements in the Middle East,’ said Richard Baker, Dubai-based general manager of MEED. He concluded, ‘Tonight’s award winners, through their diversity and innovation, have created an enduring example for the entire region.’
Networking event of the year
The evening, which began with a black-tie reception attended by over 400 individuals, was described by one attendee as the ‘best networking event of the year in this region’.
A diversity of local dignitaries and regional executives mingled with senior corporate executives from the US, Europe and the breadth of the Middle East.
Representatives from organisations including, Mohamed Abulmohsin Kharafi & Sons, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Dubai e-Government, Emirates Holdings, Equate Petrochemical Company, Gulf Air, the Kanoo Group, KLM, Microsoft Gulf, the National Bank of Kuwait, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), SAP Arabia, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Siemens were on hand to congratulate the evening’s winners.
Nigel Roberts, a leading financial journalist and commentator for CNBC Europe’s European market wrap, played the role of MEED’s master of ceremonies.
The Boeing Company acted as the platinum sponsor for the inaugural MEED Awards, which were also supported by ABQ Zawya and regional enterprise storage leader STME. CNBC, the Emirates Towers Hotel, and Business Travel World magazine rounded out the list of organisations providing support to the glittering MEED event.
Winners and Finalists for MEED Awards for Business Excellence
The Judged Awards
Business-to-Business Service Supplier Award
Sponsored by ABQ Zawya
Winner:CCC – Consolidated Contractors International Company
Batelco – Bahrain Telecommunications Company
HSBC Financial Services
Saudi American Bank
Business-to-Business Product Manufacturer Award
Winner:Zamil Air Conditioners
Sabic – Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
Equate Petrochemical Company
Dubai Cable Company
Business-to-Consumer Service Supplier Award
Winner:Batelco – Bahrain Telecommunications Company
National Bank of Kuwait
Royal Mirage Hotel
Business-to-Consumer Product Manufacturer Award
Winner:Al-Ahram Beverages Company
Sadafco – Saudi Dairy & Foodstuff Company
Zamil Air Conditioners
IT Project of the Year Award
Egypt Cyber Center
The Public Warehousing Company
The Reader Awards
International Business Airline Servicing the Middle East Award
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Regional Business Airline Servicing the Middle East Award
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Middle East Business Hotel of the Year Award
Winner:Emirates Towers Hotel
Al Bustan Rotana Hotel
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
The Editorial Awards
Middle East Project of the Year Award
Winner: Shuweihat IWPP
Seeb and Salalah Airports
Middle East Businessman of the Year Award
Sponsored by The Boeing Company
Winner:Nasser Mohamed Abdulmohsin al-Kharafi
The 2003 MEED Awards
Organisation for the 2003 MEED Awards for Business Excellence is already under way. Final categories and full entry criteria will be available from September. In the meantime, any organisations wishing to be associated with this prestigious event should contact their local sponsorship representatives or the event organiser (see details below).
EMAP Events, 33-39 Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0DA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7505 8300
Sales Development Director
MEED, 33-39 Bowling Green Lane, London, EC1R 0DA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7470 6414
Regional Conference Manager
MEED Dubai, Office 109, West Building, Dubai Airport Free Zone, PO Box 25960, Dubai, UAE.
Tel: 00 9714 299 5300