UAE Business Awards 2023

Awards UAE Business Operating in over 44 countries across the globe with its headquarters in the UAE, Oil & Gas International (OGI) has become the leading service provider to operating companies, drilling contractors, and services companies worldwide. We profile the firm following it being named in the UAE Business Awards 2023 and bestowed with a prestigious accolade for its endeavours. Leading Global Oil & Gas Services Provider 2023 - Sharjah By Cloud Fragrance: Best Luxury Perfume House 2023

While the majority of Europe and America are experiencing increasing difficulty regarding their respective economies and financial situations, the UAE’s story is very different indeed! The UAE economy is set to report its strongest annual expansion since 2011 after it grew by a very impressive 8.2% in the first three months of 2022, due to higher oil prices and measures to mitigate the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on economies around the globe. The region has also seen itself shipping oil to new destinations such as Europe in the past twelve months as global economies are seeking alternative means of powering themselves. The likes of the Expo 2020 hosted in Dubai, the recovery in global travel and the easing of pandemicrelated restrictions have also strengthened the nonoil sector in the region, expanding by more than 6% in the first three months of the year. International visitor numbers have also recovered to around 70% of pre-pandemic levels at the start of 2022. It is also expected that the upcoming FIFA World Cup held in nearby Qatar will also likely benefit the travel hubs in the UAE. Sofi Parry, Senior Editor MEA Markets is very proud to host the UAE Business Awards 2023 for its seventh instalment! This awards programme aims to reward a vastly diverse range of hardworking businesses from across the United Arab Emirates region, who are demonstrating innovation and excellence throughout a turbulent economic climate many firms are suffering through. AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining from making any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.

5. Oil & Gas International Fze: Leading Global Oil & Gas Services Provider 2023 - Sharjah 6. Happy Bees Early Learning Centre: Most Innovative Specialist Educational Centre 2023 8. Iskraemeco Middle East FZE: Most Innovative Energy & Water Management Solutions Provider 2023 10. market-i Research Services & Consultancy FZ LLC: Most Client- Focused Market Research Agency 2023 12. Robbert Murray & Associates: Best Boutique Executive & Recruitment Agency 2023 - Middle East 14. Fajar Realty: Best International Real Estate Agency 2023 & Client Service Excellence Award 2023 16. By Cloud Fragrance: Best Luxury Perfume House 2023 18. Scarlet Bakery LLC: Best Bakery & Patisserie 2023 - Dubai 20. Allbeauty FZC: Best Perfume Lab & Accessory Company 2023 22. Royal Migration: Most Reliable Immigration Consultancy 2023 - Dubai 24. Liquid Alembic: Best Drinks Marketing Experts 2023 26. GEMS For Life – GEMS Education: Most Impactful School Community Initiative of the Year -UAE 28. Masterminds Education: Most Nurturing EarlyYears Education Centre 2023 29. Maitha Alzaabi Auditing: Best Auditing & Consulting Firm 2023 - Dubai 30. StoreMotion Retail Solutions: Leading Provider of Shopfitting and Retail Architecture 2023 - Dubai 31. Tanwin: Best Creative Writing & Translation Service Provider 2023 32. Akama Holding: Best Multi-Industry Investment Firm 2023 33. Repair Pro Technical Services LLC: Repair Pro Technical Services LLC & Facilities Management Company of the Year 2023 34. PhoeniX17 Global FZ-LLC: Best Woman Empowering Global Movement for Change 2023 35. Fiafia Kids Amusement Arcade LLC / Fiafia Play Area & Café Ltd: Children’s Indoor Play Area of the Year 2023 – Dubai 36. Dr Leila Soudah Clinic: Best Obstetrics & Gynaecology Clinic 2023 Contents 37. The Tour Designers LLC: Most Professional Inbound Tour Operator 2023 38. The Compass Health Consultancy: Most Pioneering Healthcare Consultancy 2023 - Dubai 39. Fidelity Fitness Club: Most Exclusive Fitness Gym 2023 - Dubai 40. Gate Capital Limited: Best Corporate Finance Advisory Firm 2023 – MENA 41. Creation Business Consultants DWC LLC: Best Business Formation & Restructuring Consultancy Firm 2023 42. INTADR DMCC: ADR Practitioner of the Year 2023 (Dubai): Leonora Riesenburg 43. Dubai My Love: Best Guided Tour Operator 2023 44. Badia Farms: Best FoodTech Start-Up 2023 45. Al Khaleej Polymers Rubber & Plastic Industries LLC: Best Rubber Flooring Specialists 2023 46. Plan A Web Design: Best Mobile App Design & Development Agency 2023 - Dubai 47. Smart Access Transport LLC: Best Construction Equipment Rentals & Logistics Provider 2023 - Middle East 48. Jungle Beige Advertising: Best Fashion & Entertainment Creative Agency 2023 49. Offbroadway Entertainment: Family-Run Event & Entertainment Production Company of the Year 2023 50. Austin Macauley Publishers: International Children’s Book Publisher of the Year 2023 51. Chuan Chinese Seafood Restaurant FZCO: Best Chinese Fine Dining Restaurant 2023 52. We Love Art: Best Art and Painting Event 2023 53. Black Coral Consulting: Best Luxury Hotel Consultancy 2023 55. Blu Blood: Most Innovative Event Management Brand CEO 2023 (MEA): Shaaista Khan Osman 56. Commercial Bank International PSC: Most Innovative Commercial & Personal Bank 2023 57. Scancruit: Most Innovative Executive Search & Headhunting Agency 2023 - EMEA 58. Emirates Glass LLC: Best High-End Architectural Glass Manufacturers 2023 69. Techbot Information Technology LLC: Best IT Solution & Services Provider 2023 60. Secura International: Most Efficient Investment & Wealth Transfer Solutions Provider 2023 - Middle East 61. Vir ME International: Best Ball Valves & Balancing Valves Manufacturer 2023- Dubai

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UAE Business Awards 2023 5 Feb23567 Operating in over 44 countries across the globe with its headquarters in the UAE, Oil & Gas International (OGI) has become the leading service provider to operating companies, drilling contractors, and services companies worldwide. We profile the firm following it being named in the UAE Business Awards 2023 and bestowed with a prestigious accolade for its endeavours. As a one stop service and solution provider for the oil and gas industry, Oil and Gas International (OGI) had its humble beginnings in 2011 under the leadership of Mr Thomas Albin. His visionary leadership and proactive actions resulted in OGI achieving a significant market share internationally. A group of experts under his leadership constantly aims to render finest support to clients, vendors and most importantly the OGI team who are the 3 pillars of the company’s success. Establishing and maintaining long term relationships with all our business associates is very crucial in our long-term business model and OGI’s Managing Director, Mr Thomas Albin’s constant presence in the industry for over 33 years has ensured to continue and prosper his mantra and pass on his knowledge and business savvy to his OGI family and the global community to inspire the coming generations. OGI continuously serves the oil and gas industry with wide range of products and services include tubular running services, API-certified machine shop services, Drilling /BHA rental tools, welding services, pressure control equipments rental, redress and grinding of stabilisers, drilling/BHA tools trading of any and all the products including steel bars of various grades 4145/4140/4130/P550/P530. Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, OGI has witnessed an enormous growth, continued expansion and diversified with Diamond Jewellery business in partnership with their premium manufacturer who has an exemplary experience of over 100 years in the diamond industry. Multi country expansion and a recent acquisition of 24 years long-standing company are just another feather to OGI’s crown. We endeavour to contribute to the society that we actively operate and run the operations in environmental friendly and sustainable manner in accordance to the statutory manner and recently started our support to “44.01” initiative thereby assuring our contribution towards eliminating CO2. Recently, in recognition of its dedication and hard work to the sector, OGI was named Leading Global Oil & Gas Services Provider 2023 – Sharjah in the UAE Business Awards. A very worthy accolade that is testament to the commitment and continuous improvement of the firm Company: Oil & Gas International Fze Web Address: Leading Global Oil & Gas Services Provider 2023 - Sharjah

UAE Business Awards 2023 Situated on the outskirts of Dubai, Happy Bees Early Learning Center (Happy Bees ELC) is a specialist educational centre for children located in a residential/commercial building in the newly built Arjan community. Sally Yousef enlightens us as the organisation is successful in the UAE Business Awards 2023. appy Bees Early Learning Centre offers education to children from the ages of 45 days to five years of age. Aiming to serve the community around it by offering a quality, safe, and healthy environment, the Happy Bees ELC consists of 11 classrooms, an activities room, clinic, sleeping room, digital zone, sensory room, staff room, and spacious outdoor areas accessible by all classes. Its age-appropriate furniture and resources are made from natural materials, including a spacious indoor and outdoor playground equipped with a water wall, mud kitchen, water fountain, climbing wall, treehouse, sandpit, and small animal house and bird aviaries. Committed to providing high quality childcare and learning which follows the British Curriculum, all of the equipment and resources provided by Happy Bees ELC is customised to support the delivery of its activities, which are Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) integrated. The centre also provides a daily Arabic language programme and offers French language classes as an extra, with further extracurricular activities to develop gross motor skills. Sally Yousef is an MOE / KHDA approved Nursery Director with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. She currently works as an Early Childhood Consultant/ Leader and Happiness Coach at Happy Bees ELC, specialising in SENDCO education. “At Happy Bees, we offer creative activities education that helps children’s minds grow at affordable price,” she explains, telling us a little more about the firm and what differentiates it from competitors. “Our unique selling point is that we are the most innovative early learning centre with various high engagement attributes to ensure a cheerful environment with diligent work like bees.” The range of kid-friendly indoor and outdoor activities available at Happy Bees ELC combines high-quality education with childcare, making it the greatest and best choice for many parents in the community. Similarly, the staff at Happy Bees ELC are carefully hand-selected to ensure they can provide quality early childhood education to the kids attending the centre. Sally looks for qualities in her team members that include qualifications, experience, and empathy in order to foster a healthy environment for children’s feelings to be expressed and make them both seen and heard. An inclusive and welcoming space, the professional and dedicated team ensure they provide a caring environment which promotes all aspects of a child’s development. “I look for passionate, well organised, and collaborative teachers to observe and support the individualism of each child under their care,” she elaborates. “Creative teachers who use different teaching methods that keep children curious and explorative.” She continues, “Also, while we carry several cultures, we must maintain our traditions, values, and mission in order to advance. Reliability, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork help to integrate the organisation while appealing to new employees’ loyalty.” At Happy Bees ELC, health and hygiene is also of the utmost priority, and therefore Sally works hard to ensure that all of the team is 100% first aid trained. Moreover, all employees must be kind and caring, with loving personalities to ensure a secure and joyful learning experience to the children. The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s most secure, glamorous, and progressive countries in Dubai, in particular combining a sophisticated metropolis with a timeless sensibility. Being based in Dubai has obvious challenges such as language barriers and cultural observance, but with the opportunities of international business relations, tourism, and investments with the lower tax amount. One of the key advantages for Happy Bees ELC is the core growth in infrastructure for children, nurseries, schools, and international colleges. Recently, Happy Bees ELC was recognised in the UAE Business Awards 2023 for its outstanding contribution to the childcare industry and was rewarded with the prestigious accolade of Most Innovative Specialist Educational Centre 2023. Delighted customers couldn’t agree more with this well-deserved recognition, and Happy Bees ELC’s consistent five-star reviews prove this point. One happy client says, “My little butterfly loves socialising and with Happy Bees she is enjoying her time. Thank you team.” Another customer, Mr B, enthuses, “Happy Bees is the first school and second home for my son. It makes me feel proud to see my child taking his first steps towards being a learner, building friendships and gaining confidence. this could not be possible without the great support, love, and care from the entire school staff. Thank you, Happy Bees.” Meanwhile, a third states that she has two children attending the centre, both of which are happy there: “My girls enjoy going to the nursery. They are opening up to the world more and developing new social and communicational skills. We are happy with the progress.” For those who are interested in enrolling their children at Happy Bees ELC, admission can be completed online by submitting the application form. A member of the admission team will be in touch within 24 hours to book applicants on a tour and for them to complete the required documents. With regard to the future of the education centre, the continued quality of its services will determine how long it continues to expand and retain its team, and in 2023 there are already current priorities centred around acquisition, development, and talent retention. H Most Innovative Specialist Educational Centre 2023

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UAE Business Awards 2023 Most Innovative Energy & Water Management Solutions Provider 2023 Iskraemeco Group (Iskraemeco) is part of Elsewedy Electric, a company which creates sustainable projects in energy and infrastructure that enable businesses, communities, and regions to thrive. Since its beginnings in 1938, the company has evolved from a manufacturer of electrical products to a global provider of integrated energy, smart infrastructure, and investment solutions. We find out more from the CEO of Iskraemeco Group as it celebrates recognition in the UAE Business Awards 2023. Iskraemeco Group provides energy solutions in more than 80 countries and has more than seven decades of experience. As part of the Elsewedy Electric Group since 2007, the company shares a common vision of a smart and green future. Mahmoud Mouaz, Chief Executive Officer of the Middle East and Central Asia arm of the firm, tells us more about the company and its objectives. “We develop intelligent digital solutions and services for the energy and water sectors by combining our extensive experience and industry expertise with cutting-edge IoT and AI technologies,” he explains. “By understanding the power of data, we help our customers embrace digital transformation and the associated opportunities for grid management and optimisation. Together with utilities and cities, we create sustainable grids that are a key enabler for the green transformation.” Powered by top-notch professionals with a ‘can-do’ attitude, integrity, and learning spirit, Iskraemeco builds its unique competitive advantage with innovation, flexibility, agility, ownership, and empowerment. Forming long-term relationships with every stakeholder, customer, partner, associate, or supplier has helped the firm to achieve sustainable growth and, along with efficient collaboration, this drives the company’s daily productivity and makes it easier to put ideas into action. “Teamwork, expertise, and partnership remain the stepping stones that help us realise our goals and strengthen our leading position in the industry,” Mahmoud elaborates, speaking of the firm’s internal culture. “Iskraemeco’s culture promotes diversity, collaboration, and alignment with global subsidiaries. They foster a welcoming and inclusive work environment and encourage open communication and idea sharing. They work closely with subsidiaries to achieve shared goals and invest in employee development.” Iskraemeco is keen to celebrate success and recognise achievements to reinforce its culture and values. These efforts make it an even more attractive partner for clients. When onboarding a new project, the dedicated team know how important it is to establish clear goals, conduct a thorough analysis, develop a detailed project plan, communicate effectively with stakeholders, monitor progress, assemble a skilled team, leverage technology, focus on customer needs, and foster a positive team culture based on trust, respect, and collaboration. Equally important is that the firm works with stakeholders to understand their requirements and tailor its solutions to their needs, implement effective project management practices, ensure data accuracy and security, conduct testing and verification, and provide ongoing support. Aside from its commitment to ensuring customer satisfaction, Iskraemeco’s extensive experience in the industry, flexible and future-proof solutions, advanced features, and commitment to sustainability may differentiate it from other companies in the smart metering industry and provide a compelling value proposition for utilities and end-users, marking it out as the best choice for new clients. “Our smart metering solutions are designed to be flexible, scalable, and future proof, enabling utilities to adapt to changing energy market conditions and customer needs,” Mahmoud tells us. “The company offers a range of advanced features, such as two-way communication, real-time data analytics, and remote firmware updates, which can help utilities improve their operational efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction.” In addition to its innovative technology, Iskraemeco places a strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility. The company’s smart meters are designed to reduce energy waste, promote the adoption of renewable energy, and enable carbon reduction initiatives. The UAE has set ambitious targets for smart meter deployment to improve energy efficiency and enhance customer experience, despite facing regulatory and financial challenges. This presents significant opportunities for companies in the smart metering industry, given the growing demand for advanced metering infrastructure and related services. While challenges such as regulatory barriers and upfront investment exist, the government has been addressing these issues by implementing new regulations and providing financial support to utilities. The country’s strategic location, stable political climate, and business-friendly environment make it an attractive market for companies looking to expand their operations in the region. Mahmoud believes that, aside from the obvious challenges, there are clear

9 Most Innovative Energy & Water Management Solutions Provider 2023 advantages too for companies such as Iskraemeco that are operating in the energy and water efficiency spaces. “The government has prioritised sustainability and made significant investments in renewable energy and energyefficient infrastructure,” he states. “The country’s strategic location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa also makes it an attractive hub for businesses looking to reach global markets.” In addition to its sustainability incentives, the UAE offers a business-friendly environment with a relatively low tax burden and simplified regulatory procedures. The country has implemented policies and initiatives to promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and knowledge-based industries, which can further benefit companies working in the energy and water efficiency space. Recently, for its pioneering work in sustainability, Iskraemeco gained recognition in the UAE Business Awards and was bestowed with the prestigious accolade of Most Innovative Energy & Water Management Solutions Provider 2023. Understandably delighted by this, Mahmoud tells us that the company is planning new investments in R&D in order to continue to create more advanced and user-friendly smart meter products, as well as exploring new markets and partnerships to grow the business. Whilst not giving too much away, he elaborates on the firm’s strategic roadmap which outlines its goals, objectives, and strategies for achieving them in terms of future plans and projects. Integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms into smart meter products to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs, developing mobile apps or web-based platforms to provide users with real-time energy consumption data, or partnering with utility companies to offer innovative pricing models and incentive programmes for customers are some potential projects and initiatives that the firm may take into account. As for what the remainder of 2023 has in store, Mahmoud states that it is challenging to predict with certainty what the near future will bring. “We have to remain agile and adaptable to changing market conditions and customer needs,” he says. “We attend and participate in industry conferences and events to stay up to date on emerging trends and technologies in the smart meter industry. “It’s essential to keep in mind that the smart electricity meter industry is rapidly evolving due to technological advancements and increased demand for smart energy management solutions. To remain competitive and relevant, our company is constantly innovating and adapting to new industry trends and challenges.” Company: Iskraemeco Middle East FZE Web Address:

UAE Business Awards 2023 With offices in Dubai, Riyadh, Cairo, and Amman, market-i is a boutique consultancy that provides market research solutions designed to help companies deeply understand their market and elevate their brand. Working with businesses within a range of industries, the company is dedicated to its clients and tailor-makes solutions that address their unique market research needs. n 2007, a team of experienced research professionals joined together to create market-i, an agency that inspires clients by answering all their marketing questions, addressing a range of challenges from brand health tracking to customer satisfaction. In its research, the company focuses on the various problems faced by all businesses rather than those in a specific industry. Through this, the team at market-i has developed the ability to quickly adapt their thinking and approach to fit the needs of each new industry it works with. The company has grown into a team of 25 staff members across four offices and has gained experience in several industries, including technology, government, pharmaceuticals, finance, education, retail, food and beverage, hair and beauty, and more. Working closely with businesses every step of the way, market-i’s team is not only passionate about helping clients, but also about what each business does. This passion inspires the team to truly immerse themselves in the client’s industry, accompanying them on their journey to create great brands and drive business growth. In the modern world, marketing requires seamless integration between market insights, customer behaviour, brand strategy, and communications. Utilising a wide array of research techniques, including mobile survey platforms, social media surveys, online research panels, and QR activated surveys, market-i addresses all the critical stages of the marketing process, striving to listen to and understand the client’s specific consumers. Through this, the company offers research solutions to common problems that businesses face in developing marketing strategy. Firstly, market-i offers product development solutions, guiding businesses through the process of bringing a new product into the market. The company’s concept ideation research programme assesses category usage and attitudes to create a list of unmet consumer needs in the market. From this, market-i works with clients to create a list of product concepts based on these unmet needs, including descriptions, unique selling points, as well as the tangible and emotional benefits the products could have for consumers. When a full list of concepts has been defined, market-i deploys qualitative or conjoint research methods to narrow down a shorter list of product concepts that can be used to create prototypes. Its programmes use reach and frequency analysis to identify a winner concept, or a number of top performing concepts for final consideration. After the prototypes have been developed, market-i utilises large scale quantitative research to assess the reaction and trial intent amongst a sample of the target audience, analysing the overall impact of the product. When product development is complete, market-i can assist with pricing strategy using psychological price sensitivity tools. Through this, the company identifies an ideal price range for the product, ensuring the price is not low enough to cause doubt about quality, but not high enough for consumers to worry about whether it’s worth the money. The company also deploys cross-price elasticity tools, which identify how price changes affect purchase behaviour across competitive brands. Advertising and communications play a key role in the marketing process following the launch of a new product. Using campaign pre-testing programmes, market-i assesses the way in which different campaign elements deliver the client’s intended message I Most ClientFocused Market Research Agency 2023

11 to the target audience, highlighting which elements have the greatest impact on message delivery. This assessment will provide clients with clear direction for improvement, allowing them to ensure their campaigns will convey the correct messages and reach the right audience. Additionally, once the campaign goes live, market-i can help clients identify whether the intended message of the campaign is being clearly decoded by the target audience. Customer satisfaction is an important factor affecting brand performance. To identify drivers of satisfaction, market-i employs programmes that assess performance attributes at various customer touchpoints. The analysis will identify areas for improvement by focusing on the attributes which appear to have the greatest impact on customer satisfaction. Key to this assessment is the measurement of net promotor scores, which is a metric used in customer experience programmes to measure customers’ loyalty and willingness to recommend the brand to others. Furthermore, market-i creates tracking tools which can be delivered to key management personnel through continuously updated dashboards on web based and smart device platforms. Brand health measurement can be useful to help companies understand how well their brand is doing based on the emotions and experiences associated with their product. Through its brand health tracking programmes, market-i identifies key business levellers and provides an insight into salient brand health performance, comparing these factors with a relevant competitive set. Using online report delivery tools, the company also provides assessments of how well staff who deal with customers directly are delivering the brand’s standards of customer service. Connecting with consumers positively can be challenging for companies, so market-i strives to help clients create inspirational relationships with their consumers. In the modern day, a key tool for maintaining a strong brand is the use of social media. Increasingly, brands have developed communities on channels such as Twitter and Facebook. Social media listening involves monitoring these channels for mentions of the client’s product and brand. This can provide a useful insight into general opinion of the company. Using social media programmes, market-i combines inputs from a host of tools to identify trends in attitudes towards the client and their competitors, as well as current sentiments towards the brand. By knowing what is being said and where, brand owners can join the conversation online and develop meaningful relationships with consumers. Using a wide range of research and analysis techniques, market-i guides clients through the marketing process by giving them an indepth insight into their consumers. The company is committed to its clients, no matter the industry they operate within. For this reason, market-i has won Most Client-Focused Market Research Agency, in the UAE Business Awards 2023. Moving forwards, there is no doubt that market-i will continue to help brands excel and grow by tapping into the needs and opinions of their consumers. Contact: Nisha Chandy Kumar Company: market-i Research Services & Consultancy FZ LLC Web Address: Most Client-Focused Market Research Agency 2023

UAE Business Awards 2023 Best Boutique Executive & Recruitment Agency 2023 - Middle East R M & Associates Management Consultancy (Robbert Murray & Associates) is a Dubai based management consultancy. For more than a decade it has been sourcing the finest talent to fill roles across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman , Bahrain, Qatar the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is a leading recruitment agency in the Middle East with a global reach, working hard to find candidates who perfectly fit within the esteemed international companies it supports, and providing value through people power. As a leading executive search firm, Robbert Murray & Associates specialises in industries including, but not limited to, the energy sector, information and communications technology, telecoms, shipping, automation, engineering, FMCG/ Reatail healthcare. It aims to provide cutting-edge, practical solutions to companies of all shapes and sizes and is one of the top suppliers of staffing, recruitment, and HR (human resource) services in its region. The company offers a range of business services encompassing permanent placement, payroll outsourcing, and offshore, and one of its focuses is on boosting productivity while cutting expenses for organisations. It also has several clients who use it for its executive search, headhunting, and payroll services. Robbert Murray likes to think of itself as being there to handle the daily tasks whilst its clientcompanies focus on their businesses. Robbert Murray & Associates does several things to ensure a favourable outcome when it takes on new projects. First of all, it assesses and analyses the requirements of its client, looking for strategies to provide them with success. The requisite need for every client is different, so there isn’t one specific technique employed, but what it does do is heavily utilise R&D for each client. This involves personal meetings with their management team, experiencing their set-up, their culture, and ensuring an understanding of their business needs. All of this happens prior to going on the hunt for the talent that’s required. Working from its UAE base in Dubai, Robbert Murray is aware of the socio-economic goals of the country. It knows the diversity there requires elegant HR practices to keep the workforce aligned with the nation’s goals. One of the things it does to help assist growth and work quality is ensure business transparency. It knows the two are directly related, i.e., more transparency in the growth process makes employees feel more valued and promotes healthy competition. There are many advantages to being based in the UAE for Robbert Murray. Dubai is a world class financial hub. It has a supply of educated human capital, with diverse professional experience, hailing from all over the globe. It is also a centre for trade and commerce, supported by an excellent development-based mindset and infrastructure. Numerous businesses are thriving, and more are being attracted to come every day. Of course, wherever there are businesses there is a need for human resources. With an increasing number of companies opting to outsource all or part of their human resources, the increase in demand for HR consulting services like Robbert Murray is also on the rise. The way Robbert Murray & Associates operate is unique. It has customised solutions for each separate enquiry, celebrating the personal approach as being key to everything. It also believes that due to its customer centric talent pool it excels at providing the right solutions for its clients. It has one of the best collections of potential candidates for future job openings there is, covering comprehensive experience, passion, and specialist knowledge right across the Middle East. The culture at Robbert Murray is very special, with each member of the team handpicked to align with the company values and deliver excellence. In an increasingly competitive environment where every organisation is striving to be number one, the strength in the people at Robbert Murray is a vital component. The company wants to make sure they’re always motivated, they get personal space, and that they are consistently inspired to do better. The way it does this is to offer flexible working hours to ensure a work/life balance. It also encourages all its employees to bond with each other and be happy in their work. The collective experience of the staff at Robbert Murray covers many years, and fosters a deep understanding of the UAE market and traditions. Rich sectoral experience helps provide unmatched HR solutions for clients. “We have a bulging contacts book thanks to the specialist expertise of our agents, who “The UAE is trying to progress towards a knowledgebased economy where commitment to skill-based hiring and fair practice is being promoted to create a more inclusive workforce. When everything went virtual, HR leaders in the UAE used automation and human resources management software for keeping the workforce engaged, and promoted the collaboration of teams for the interchange of ideas, which provides a major opportunity for HR in the UAE.”

13 Best Boutique Executive & Recruitment Agency 2023 - Middle East have been working within their dedicated field for years, ensuring we know exactly what you need to thrive within your industry.” The common goal at Robbert Murray is always to impact people in a positive way. It wants to change lives for the better whilst building and growing great people and businesses. It wants to do the right thing, the first time, for all its clients, candidates, and employees. From recruiting and staffing to payroll, Robbert Murray has the expertise and skills to provide comprehensive HR solutions to its clients in a variety of industries. Its dedicated outsourcing, contracting, recruiting, and onboarding teams all focus on delivering quality and rapid response times. Future plans for the company involve the ambition to be a global leader in acquiring managerial talent, and the desire to guarantee prospects and clients are matched correctly. This will advance all the organisations involved. Robbert Murray has a target to create a dynamic, forward-thinking business with a worldwide reach. It wants to always offer top-notch personnel solutions, and provide on-demand service. Its objective for 2023 is to have an influence on the industry, and on peoples’ lives. The gratifying thing is it is clearly already moving in that direction at pace. Robbert Murray & Associates has been recognised for its outstanding capacity to source talent for its clients across the United Arab Emirates, having been awarded the title of Best Boutique Executive & Recruitment Agency 2023 - Middle East. This prestigious honour is testament to the incredible work it’s doing in recruitment and headhunting candidates, so well done to all the dedicated staff who make it happen every day. Company: Robbert Murray & Associates Web Address:

UAE Business Awards 2023 Fajar Realty (Fajar) has cultivated a strong reputation as a leading international real estate agency since its establishment, under the guidance of Founder and CEO, Ms. Kiran Khawaja. Following the firm’s dual recognition in the awards programme, we spoke with Kiran to find out more about Fajar and its many achievements. he UAE offers a cornucopia of real estate options for both investors and buyers. Indeed, the industry has thrived and grown over the last two decades to be a colossal market on the world stage. With such competition in the real estate space and supplementary sectors, agencies need to offer best in class services to distinguish themselves. Enter Fajar Realty and Kiran, who have endeavoured to excel in all avenues and exceed all expectations. “At Fajar Realty, we deal with more than just property; understanding the persona and character of individual luxury properties, we match you with your perfect match – a place where you’ll get the solution to your real estate problems. “Fajar’s team has demonstrated proven records of professional success and accomplishment in a short period. The company is multi-cultural, having staff from both English and Arabic backgrounds. That’s why, after crazy years of hard work, Fajar is what it should be today.” The region-leading reputation is made all the more impressive when you consider that Fajar is a relatively young company, enjoying its initiating steps towards future growth. Established in early 2021 with a handful of team members, it has celebrated a plethora of industry accolades and achievements in the two years since, as Kiran moves on to discuss. Almost immediately, the company started making waves and securing awards as top brokers in one of the prestige developments in Dubai, UAE. The company received enormous awards and was consistent as one of the top performers in Damac. We are very confident that this success will continue as we move forward on this journey. In these two years, the company has succeeded and will continue to rise and earn respect in the industry. We are proud to achieve such outstanding achievements in a short time.” While Kiran’s influence is clear, let’s take a moment to shine a light on the greater team, who have all played a significant role in ensuring that her vision for Fajar comes to fruition. “Fajar has a very young, talented and eager team whose goals are to give each client the care and knowledge they deserve. Fajar Realty is known worldwide for innovative and exciting new construction projects that give its clients good investment options. We always go the extra mile to make sure that the process of buying your home is a good one. Our experienced agents provide excellent service by guiding buyers and sellers through the challenging market until the final sales agreement is made. We are very proud of our agents, who do everything they can to find you the perfect home and “make it happen” motto, as well as their knowledge of the UAE market, extensive client base, and more than a decade of experience. Ultimately, the UAE real estate market is one of perpetual growth, and it relies on firms and agencies that can meet its pace and deliver extraordinary services to an eager market. Over the last two years, Fajar has made a clear mark on this industry, impressing peers, competitors and clients with its natural expertise, strong company culture, and next-level leadership. For the client, the team ensures consistent, comprehensive service, which has secured it the coveted ‘Client Service Excellent Award’ within the UAE Awards. With all these pieces in mind, the future of Fajar is one of continued excellence, as it meets the demands of clients across the UAE. As the last couple of years have been notoriously challenging, the team at Fajar are well-equipped to develop under more favourable, less uncertain, conditions, using the tools and processes that have been “Kiran’s skills and her team’s dedication helped Fajar Realty to stand out when the odds were stacked against them. In a short period, Fajar Realty has achieved a position that its competitors still need to achieve.” - Company spokesperson T Best International Real Estate Agency 2023 & Client Service Excellence Award 2023 Fajar Realty “At Fajar Realty, we go beyond just selling properties. We understand each luxury property’s unique character and persona and work to match you with the perfect solution to your real estate needs.” - Kiran Khawaja, Founder and CEO

15 put in place to better achieve client-centric services and operations. For all these reasons, and many more besides, Fajar Realty seemed an obvious consideration for the awards programme. In a market and industry with such high standards and competition, its selection acts as testament to its capabilities, experience and expertise. Company: Fajar Realty Contact: Kiran Khawaja, Founder and CEO Address: Office 202, 2nd Floor, The Iridium Business Center (Opposite Vincitore Boulevard) Arjan-Dubailand – Al Barsha South – Dubai Phone : +971 56 9121145 Email : [email protected] Web: Best International Real Estate Agency 2023 & Client Service Excellence Award 2023

UAE Business Awards 2023 Best Luxury Perfume House 2023 By Cloud Fragrance is an Emirati luxury perfume house that blends together natural ingredients with the art, passion and, some say, sheer wizardry of the best perfumers in the world. We spoke to By Cloud Fragrance’s Nasser Alhaj to find out more about the company’s offerings and dedication to excellence. The luxury sphere, regardless of market, demands only the best. After all, the industry is defined by its ability to differentiate itself from the average, the expected, the usual. By Cloud Fragrance has become a true leader in the perfume space – which is impressive by all accounts, and only elevated when you consider the nature of the UAE’s market dominance. That is to say that, By Cloud Fragrance stands apart even among those defined by world-leading standards. For Nasser, By Cloud Fragrance has been built on a robust set of values, which have been diligently followed since its establishment. “Our core values are to use only the finest natural ingredients, to create products that surpass international standards in the perfume industry, to ensure customer satisfaction at all costs, and to promote the ‘Made in the UAE’ vision of our leaders.” There’s something very romantic and almost primordial about By Cloud Fragrance and its approach to business. There’s a drive there that embraces its industry and sector wholeheartedly, a passion that cannot be denied, as Nasser explains in more detail. “We see a love story that continues to unfold over the millennia, a tale of the eternal bond between Earth and Ether (the sky). Destined to gaze at each other for eternity, Earth and Ether found a special way to send scented messages to each other. Earth’s love notes travel up through water vapours from her oceans, seas, lakes and rivers, and invisible particles from her mountains, valleys, deserts and forests. The flowers and trees perfume her messages with their unique fragrances. “When these aromatic wisps reach Ether, they fuse into beautiful soft, white letters of pure love that we call clouds. Ether, in turn, sends his replies through cloudbursts – his emotions evident by the gentleness or strength of the downpour. As the raindrops embrace Earth, they release a multitude of fragrances, which, once again, rise up as invocations of love from Earth to Ether. Cloud Fragrance pays tribute to this beautiful and eternal love story of Nature with a unique collection of unisex perfumes, each made from all-natural oils and essences.” When it comes to writing about businesses such as By Cloud Fragrance, there’s absolutely an element of needing to jump right in, so let’s take a look at some of this perfume house’s best selling and most innovative products. AFTER THE RAIN - LIMITED EDITION The splendour of mystery that combines freshness and elegance.. A warm fragrance and aromatic harmony full of smells of Dubai land after the rain! The scent of perfume gives you a ticket that enables you to explore and experience the wonders and beauty of nature. Inspired by nature, this fragrance captures a refreshing and pure scent of the rain mixed with the dust of Dubai after a journey that makes it rich with forest dew drops, a host of masterpieces of oceans and mountains, and fragrant flowers. Its introduction carries whiffs of Saffron, Lavender and Bergamot that give you a soft velvet feeling, drawing you into an inspiration of a revolutionary period of time. These exciting aromatic ingredients create a refreshing and captivating mixture. Its heart is composed of a variety of ingredients: Tobacco, Cedar and Amber, but most notably is Tobacco, which gives it a strong and rich smell. As a deeper addition to the sea of beautiful aroma, the base of fragrance composed of leather, Oud and Patchouli. This luxury is elegantly combined with a very effective effect for relaxation and meditation. The perfume is bottled in a charming pearly shape and color to reflect its interesting gleam that tells the magic of Dubai after a rainy day. TOP NOTES: LAVENDER MIDDLE NOTES: TOBACCO / WOOD DRY-DOWN NOTES: PATCHOULI / LEATHER / DAHN AL OUD AMAYA Tenderness and softness AMAYA derived its name from the Japanese language, that means “heavy night rain”, which makes you seize the moments of your life by inhaling the smell of rain at night! The opening comes with the scent of pineapple fruit along with the floral aroma, while the heart is composed of dried roses and jasmine with messages of the scent of the Rose flower. The base then comes from Caramel, Patchouli and Amber in a union with the wooden element which reflects the smell of Indian Cynodon giving unprecedented calmness and relaxation. AMAYA fragrance is characterized by a charming warmth that is similar to the warm wind off a tropical island on a rainy night. It also has a rare scent of dried flowers that gives you an unparalleled sweetness for a romantic floral and fruity fragrance. Put simply, Amaya is a special perfume. TOP NOTES: MUGUET MIDDLE NOTES: DRY ROSE DRY-DOWN NOTES: AMBER / VETIVER / CARAMEL HATTAN Exclusiveness and excitement of feelings (Hattan) perfume is an aromatic top that resembles a whiff of light continuous rain with a sparkling refreshing touch and a fragrant aroma that gives you ready to enjoy your time, creates an aromatic aura that is characterized by purity and exclusivity, sensational and gives you strong attraction! Hattan perfume offers you floral signature of rose, jasmine and iris, for an exciting and enthusiastic experience. In the foreground it is lit with precious sandalwood and distinctive spices with a generous dose and a delicate fruity harmony, while the heart is brightened with the radiance of iris, rose and jasmine, and in order to obtain a more pronounced flavor, the base is made up of patchouli, luxurious and vibrant oud and vanilla that express a strong awakening, in addition to amber The musk that gives it the strength that comes from a profound alliance gives a contrast between freshness, warmth and richness, as it boasts the enchanting spirit of similarity of its components. TOP NOTES: ROSE, JASMINE, IRIS MIDDLE NOTES: SANDALWOOD,MUSK BASE NOTES: PATCHOULI, OUD, VANILLA, AMBER 18⁰C Power of Sense This fragrance, which is derived from the components of nature, captures a pure and refreshing aroma. It gives a strong and rich sensation of sweetness and sourness at the same moment, giving a deeper aromatic experience to anyone who has a high taste in the world of perfumes. Its name was inspired by the rain-fed temperature. The ingredients of this fragrance were in natural harmony; rich in the aroma of the sweet, charming orange blossoms and the fresh Bergamot, which in turn give the

17 Best Luxury Perfume House 2023 fragrance a smell of glowing citrus. The heart of the fragrance consists of a bouquet of flowers and a distinctive touch of soft Jasmine flower to end the fragrance base with the skin and the deep effect of the messages of wooden element of Amber. TOP NOTES: EARL GRAY TEA / BERGAMOT MIDDLE NOTES:TIARE FLOWER DRY-DOWN NOTES: AMBER / TONKA BEAN LONDON MUSK A revolution of feelings of warmth and joy Are you looking for a quieter and warmer feeling in the cold winter of London? Close your eyes and breathe the scent of desire and joy with the fragrance of LONDON MUSK. It is summoning a revolution of generous and sparkling sensations after a midnight filled with New Year’s Eve atmosphere. With its various aromatic ingredients, this fragrance guarantees you a moment of peace that will truly improve your life and help you to live moments you never forget. This fragrance’s opening is composed of a bouquet of fragrant aromas in green nature. Its essence is the beauty of the gardens, the warm Plumeria flower. It is also called the Indian Jasmine which gives richness and uniqueness to the aromatic mix with touches of Jasmine and Coconut. The base consists of a mixture of thick Musk, Amber and Sandalwood to create a luxurious and great balance. TOP NOTES: MUGUET MIDDLE NOTES: COCONUT COOKIES DRY-DOWN NOTES: SENSUAL MUSK AURORA Beautiful gestures create strong attraction AURORA perfume has an intrinsic effect and an aroma that takes you with beautiful features that create strong appeal and a sense of well-being that brings beauty and warm romance. This fragrance embodies a source of elegance and attractiveness. AURORA calls to mind the scenes of pure evening accompanied by a breeze that has a light and exciting effect on memories. Its name is inspired by the phenomenon of twilight with its awesome green color, which covers the sky with beautiful and charming threads. The aromas of this perfume comes from peach full of vitality, Bergamot and Ginger, which gives a distinctive and strong feeling, in addition to the mulberry component, which reflects the uniqueness and the depth. It exudes an aromatic scent that is a mixture of glamorous flowers represented by Jasmine, Orchid and Rose flowers. Its base consists of frankincense, Cedar, Sandalwood, Musk and Amber. TOP NOTES: PEACH MIDDLE NOTES: IRIS DRY-DOWN NOTES: CEDERWOOD OUD 1001 Harmony between elegance and purity! The aromatic smell with deep tradition takes you into a journey filled with feelings to the countries of the East, mired in self-confidence and elegance that makes you more unique, and gives you a radiance of high-end luxury. OUD 1001 perfume is painted with the finest and best kinds of warm Oud emanating from the story of One Thousand and One Nights. With a unique aromatic introduction of Cinnamon, pink Pepper and raspberry; this exciting opening reveals a harmonious heart composed of several luxurious flowers such as Rosemary, Jasmine, Orchid, Lavender and white bells are weaving a beautiful scent with the signature of Lily of the valley. This unique aroma is placed on a base of luxurious Oud, Musk, Amber and Sandalwood . TOP NOTES: PINK PEPPER / SAFFRON MIDDLE NOTES: ORCHID DRY-DOWN NOTES: SANDALWOOD /DAHN AL OUD Company Name: By Cloud Fragrance Web Address: Contact Email : [email protected]