UAE Business Awards

2019 UAE Business Awards Logo

The highly valued UAE Business Awards are presented by MEA Markets each year. This awards programme honours the enterprises and individuals behind innovations and inspirations that drive increasing growth and development; developments which have assisted in establishing the Middle East as a global knowledge-base and leading destination for new initiatives.

MEA Markets celebrate the best firms, teams and individuals, who’ve worked tirelessly through the course of the year, providing the best products and services in one of the most affluent and influential business regions in the world. Our web visitors, subscribers, social media followers and wider circulation look to MEA Markets to demonstrate some of the major drivers to business by way of the yearly UAE Business Awards making this a most trusted and respected avenue for those involved in or doing business with those within this important region.

Key Dates

Entries Open:

Monday 9th December 2019

Entries Closed:

Monday 3rd February 2020

Winners Announced:

Expected in April 2020

Awards Coordinator

Jessie has been with the publishing group since 2016. Jessie’s work ethic, dedication to MEA Markets’ customers and her diligence is unquestionable. She is passionate about ensuring that each of our customers has a great experience with us and that each award winner is supported throughout the process to ensure they gain maximum exposure for their dedication to their industry and their award win.

Our Methodology

Gathering Nominees


The MEA Markets team work hard in identifying great businesses, driving many of the nominations themselves. The team encourage external nominations from the subscribers of the magazine, web visitors, social media following, clients and wider circulation. Nominating parties are invited to put forward either their own business or third-party companies whom they hold in high regard.


All nominees are formally requested to accept their nomination, nominees are obviously free to accept or decline if they so wish. Those who formally accept are given the opportunity to submit additional supporting information to cement their nomination. There is no obligation to complete and supply such material, we have found that many nominees value this stage, in the process, as much as our research team do.

Evaluating and Judging

Evaluating shortlisted nominees

Our dedicated research team will assess all information presented to them. The team gather information independently from a variety of publicly accessible sources, which are assessed alongside any material supplied by a nominating party or by the nominee themselves. The research team casts their final judgment, based on various criteria such including business performance, longevity, diversification, growth (either sustained or rapid), any significant innovations, feedback from stakeholders.

How winners are determined

Once winners are selected, they are personally notified before any public announcement is made, allowing time for any communications throughout the wider business and the coordination of marketing strategies. Unfortunately, not everyone can be a winner; however, all who take part are encouraged to come back next year. Once the press embargo is lifted, details of our award winners will be made public via the MEA Markets website, award winners’ magazine and subscriber newsletter.

The Lucky Winners
Making the Most of Your Win

Sharing the news

We offer a range of promotional packages and items to MEA Markets’ award winners, which vary from inclusion in the free-of-charge winners’ directory, to trophies, content in our magazine and on our website.

We encourage all winners to publicly announce their win independently in order to gain maximum exposure. Announcements via company websites, social media, via publicly released press releases, and through local and national press are all great ways of maximising the exposure which can be gained from such a great achievement. If you have need of further advice, on how to publicise your win, please feel free to get in touch. We are more than happy to assist our clients with their needs.

When was the magazine launched?
MEA Markets was launched in 2015 to aid in reporting news from across one of the most influential business regions in the world. We are a quarterly publication dedicated to researching and publicising the major moves and events as they happen across the entire Middle East & Africa region. MEA Markets is brought to you by AI Global Media, a UK based publisher which has published over 200 worldwide publications to its name since 2010.
How did I or my firm come to be nominated?
The publishing group frequently nominate candidates themselves. In terms of the process of voting, if you didn’t cast a vote by self-submission it is likely to have been cast via a colleague or client who has received one of our direct invitations. In the interest of maintaining high response rates, we do not ask nominees to reveal their personal identity. The main ethos of our awards system is that your ability to succeed is not linked to the number of votes received, with the most pertinent belief behind this being that all awards will be received purely on merit. As a means of identifying spam votes and countering cyber-threats, we monitor the website for unusual activity.
What happens if I agree to be shortlisted?
As we look to keep maximum focus on relevant candidates, we ask all nominees to accept their position on the shortlist. This gives people complete control in their decision on whether they would like to be considered further. There is no cost for you to be added onto the shortlist or for any of our winners. Nominees who accept will then be forwarded to our research team. Nominees are given the opportunity to present their own data which gets considered alongside the information collated by our research team. It can take up to 8 weeks for research to be completed.
Who makes the final decision?
We employ an entirely impartial panel of 5 individuals to conduct our research to high standards. At the helm of the panel we have a veteran academic leader with international academic and training experience. The team are well versed in research, fact-checking and mediation. We believe this method is the most efficient in determining which individuals and companies are most deserving in winning an award and has brought us much success and commendation throughout its use. Our continued use of this panel plays a key part in enforcing MEA Markets’ stance that winners are not determined by popularity of votes, but by their contributions within their industry.
Is there a winner’s ceremony/award dinner and if so, when does it take place?
We do not focus our efforts on a celebratory event. Despite being enjoyable, it doesn’t support our group’s philosophy of cost-effective marketing. As well as the lack of cost efficiency, MEA Markets is an establishment which runs across a broad region and we believe it would be logistically difficult for some of our winners to attend an awards ceremony. We follow the belief that any of the optional costs involved with the award would be more beneficial in a year’s worth of online marketing for a winner, rather than spending it all on a ceremonial evening. All of our press announcements are made digitally, online and across our network to enforce our position as digital publishers. We aim to arm you with the tools (both digital and physical) to generate real value.
What happens if I am deemed successful?
There is a short press embargo in place where we ask you not to make the news public, giving us the chance to prepare the different means of coverage we offer for companies. During this period the program manager will liaise with you to agree on the most appropriate coverage for you. Our main feature takes the form of a digital celebratory magazine, but we also offer physical trophies, wall mounted and digital certificates, web-based advertisements and generic press releases which are bespoke to you or your company. This variety of options are aimed to make the awards tailor made to each individual/firm.
Are there any costs?
As previously mentioned, there are no compulsory costs in accepting a nomination or winning an award with MEA Markets. We do offer a variety of paid additional benefits for our winners, but these are completely optional and merely supplementary to your award rather than essential. To demonstrate our commitment to no mandatory fees, all winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain: regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to garner the full value of the award and our seal of approval. We offer a variety of promotional opportunities to our winners, as we have an extensive network and we know, more than anyone, the wider business benefits from promoting industry awards.

Our Winners

Here is the place you will find detail of our winners. All featured winners are included in our digital awards magazine published here on our website and distributed to the circulation of MEA Markets comprising of over 170,000 business leaders & industry professionals from across the region. All winners are included in our winners’ directory which is held here on the website. Once winners have been announced for each year are announced you will find the winners list here in full, please click on the appropriate year below.


Our Awards Team

Joe Woods - MEA Markets Lead Researcher
Joe joined the research team in 2016 and has been heavily involved with MEA Markets throughout. Joe has an interest in businesses of all shapes and sizes and how they have come to evolve over time making him an ideal Lead Researcher for the brand, researching businesses from across the region and across a variety of sectors. Joe has a natural interest in some of the major economies driving growth within the region and is always looking at what value the publication can bring to growing businesses across the Middle East & African countries.

Laura Hunter - MEA Markets Awards Manager
Laura joined the media group in 2014 and now oversees MEA Markets’ Awards programmes each year. Laura is committed to all nominees and winners to ensure that they receive both a great experience from the team and that winners are supported in gaining maximum exposure from such an amazing achievement.

Jeremy Roe - Head of Research
Jeremy has been dedicated to the research team of AI Global Media since 2015. He leads the team of researchers with utmost dedication and diligence and has a hands-on understanding and awareness of MEA Markets, what the brand’s aims are and the value it brings to its clients and award winners.

Jane Henderson - Director
Jane is one of the founding members of the publishing group and one of three directors driving the business today. Jane is committed to ensuring that each of our MEA Markets’ Awards winners not only has a great experience, but also gain maximum value for their award win.