UAE Arab Woman Awards 2016 now open for nominations


arab-woman-awards-logoThe Arab Woman Awards UAE today announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2016 awards which takes place in late November in Dubai.

People can nominate themselves, their friends and family members by completing the form on the Arab Woman Awards website  

The key criteria for all of the awards are that nominees should be female, of Arab descent, have achieved something significant in their particular field over the past 12 months and should be positive role models and then there is a specific criteria per award.

Sue Holt, Founder of the awards said “There are three different ways people can be nominated – these are from our own research, from one of the members of the judging board or they can be nominated via our website by themselves or others.  We introduced this latter method in 2013 and have seen a large number of our ultimate winners come via this route.”

Each nominee is then included in the presentation to the board of judges who are led by HE Ameera bin Karam, Chairperson of Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC).  Using the criteria the judges then make the decision on who the most deserving winners are with them being presented at the prestigious ceremony in November.

“At first women were quite reluctant to put themselves or others forward however in the past two years we’ve seen a steep increase.  Self-nominations now account for around 10% and people nominating others at almost 25%.  Personally I think it is wonderful that we are reaching a stage where, as a woman, it is acceptable to say that you believe you deserve an award for all your hard work.  It also heartens me that family members and friends are being so supportive”.

The full list of categories are below and the closing date for nominations via the website is by Friday 30th September.

Arab Woman Award UAE 2016 Categories

1. Business 11. New Media
2. Finance 12. Sport
3. Education 13. Humanitarian
4. Artist 14. Legal
5. Entrepreneur 15. Young Talent
6. Literature 16. Energy
7. Fashion Designer 17. Woman in Government
8. Young Designer 18. Inspirational Woman of the Year
9. Medical 19. Lifetime Achievement
10. Media

About ITP Publishing Group:

ITP was founded in 1987 in the UK, and won The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1995. Reflecting the international scope of its business, the company subsequently relocated to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The company now publishes more than 80 weekly and monthly magazines and has a wide portfolio of market-leading digital properties. ITP organises more than 80 business and consumer events and conferences each year. ITP Customer Publishing publishes the in-flight magazine of Etihad Airways, the catalogues, previews and daily show newspapers for all exhibitions organised by Dubai World Trade Centre as well as a host of specialist publications for major retail and financial organisations.

The company has a dominant position in the Middle East media industry and has successful and fast-growing subsidiaries in India and the UK.

About the Arab Woman Awards:

The awards were launched by ITP Publishing Group in 2009 with the objective of positively promoting Arab women in a culturally befitting way in areas including business, the arts, charity and design.  They now run annually in the UAE, KSA and Kuwait with Qatar as a bi-annual awards and Bahrain plus Oman launching in 2017.  All awards ceremonies are private by-invitation only events with a commemorative publication created per country.  To-date 300 women have been awarded and the vision is to have 500 by 2019, the ten year anniversary, with all previous winners and judges being invited to attend the ultimate ceremony to celebrate the past decade of their achievements – the Arab Woman Awards GCC.