The inaugural Australian Business Awards was held at The Safina Ballroom at The Jumeirah Beach Hotel and was hosted by Australian icon Rove McManus.
“It will be great when it’s finished!” said Rove McManus when asked about Dubai.
According to Mr Adam Malouf, Chairman, Australian Business Council – Dubai and Chairman of the Australian Business Awards Judging Panel, the awards were long overdue and offer a formal way to publicly recognize a number of significant achievements. Commenting on the awards, he said
“The nominations received for the awards event were phenomenal. The overwhelming response on the online voting system highlighted the impact that the short-listed nominees have had in the segments in which they operate, as well as in the community at large.”
“It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge The Entertainer. Donna Benton and her team did a tremendous job co-ordinating the first-ever Australian Business Awards in Dubai, and we certainly hope it is not the last. A wonderful time was had by all who attended, and it was heartening to see the success of Australians and Australian businesses in the region appropriately acknowledged.”
Australians and Australian companies are present in ever-increasing numbers in the United Arab Emirates and are having a significant and positive impact on the UAE’s visual, social, economic, cultural and intellectual environments.
Speaking on behalf of the Australian Trade Commission and the Australian Consulate-General, Mr Kym Hewett, Consul-General and Senior Trade Commissioner said,
“We are delighted to congratulate not only the winners of the awards but all of the Australians who are operating successful businesses in the region and contributing to the community. Recognising their remarkable achievements through platforms such as the Australian Business Awards, emphasizes the contribution that Australia and its citizens are making to the quality of life and development in this dynamic region.”
It was an evening of recognition of some of the finest Australian businesses and people working in the Middle East, across 12 categories and with 2 special awards.
The two special awards were not based on votes, instead nominations were judged by a panel chaired by Mr Adam Malouf, Chairman, Australian Business Council – Dubai.
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