Arab Woman Awards UAE 2016 judges announced

The Arab Woman Awards UAE has announced the panel of judges for its 2016 edition. Launched by ITP Publishing group in 2009, the Arab Woman Awards recognises Arab women’s achievements in their different fields and aims to provide young women with inspirational role models.

This year’s judges board members will be chaired by HE Ameera bin Karam, Chairperson of the Sharjah Businesswomen Council. Other members of the 2016 judging panel will include; Sheikha Nawar Al Qassimi, Sharjah Art Foundation; Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Masdar’s Director of Sustainability; HE Reem Alshemari, Director of Strategic Communications Affairs at the Executive Affairs Authority (EAA); Noor Sweid, Partner at Leap Ventures; Nadine Y. Maalouf, Owner of the SME Advisory Group; Dr Mona Hammami, Director at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court; Gina Tadros, Editor-in-Chief of Hello! Arabia; Abu Dhabi based businesswoman, Asma Al Fahim; TV presenter, Zeina Al Yaziji; and Dubai based designer Aljoud Lootah.

“We have selected this year’s board of judges due to them all being inspiring women who are experts in their own fields,” says Sue Holt, Awards Founder, Executive Director, ITP Publishing Group and APP Media Group. “Being the UAE awards we also try to have all of the Emirates represented. Many of the board members have themselves been previous winners and said what a positive experience it was for them. This year we have had over 300 nominations so they now have the very difficult task of selecting the most deserving. I wish them luck and look forward to seeing their final choices.”

UAE Arab Woman Awards nominations now open

The Arab Woman Awards UAE is now accepting nominations for its 2016 awards, which will take place in late November, in Dubai. People can nominate themselves, friends or family members by completing the form on the Arab Woman Awards website, Nominees should be female, of Arab descent, have achieved something significant in their field over the past 12 months and be positive role models – each award will then have its own specific criteria, which can be obtained by emailing Nominees will be included in a presentation to the Awards’ board of judges, lead by HE Ameera bin Karam, Chairperson on Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC) and the closing date for nominations via the website is Friday, 30th September.

“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,” says Sue Holt, Founder, Arab Woman Awards and Executive Director, ITP Consumer. “We introduced this latter method in 2013 and have seen a large number of our ultimate winners come via this route. At first women were quite reluctant to put themselves or others forward however in the past two years we’ve seen a steep increase. 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.”

Arab Woman Awards UAE judges confirmed

The Arab Woman Awards UAE has finalised the panel of female judges for its 2015 edition. Aiming to raise public awareness of significant achievements by Arab women in the region, nominations for participants are open to the public until September 20, 2015, on the website To be eligible for an award, nominees should be female, of Arab descent, and must have contributed positively to the UAE either in economic, social or cultural areas. Started in Dubai, the awards now hold regular annual, invitation-only ceremonies in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Chairperson of the Sharjah Businesswoman Council and honorary Chairperson of the Arab Woman Awards UAE Judges Board, HE Ameera Bin Karam will resume her duties for the 2015 awards. Owner of the SME Advisory Group, Nadine Y. Malouf and CEO and Board Member of the Noor Dubai Foundation, Dr. Manal Taryam, will both also reprise their roles as judges. Other members of the 2015 judging panel will include:  Dr Mona Hammami, Manager, Office of Strategic Affairs in the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court; Huda Al Lawati, Partner, Abaai Group; Noor Sweid, Partner, Leap Ventures; Najat Meki, Emirati Artist and Gina Tadros, Editor, Hello! Arabia.

“We are very proud of the quality of the judging panel for the 2015 Awards,” says Sue Holt, Awards Founder and Executive Director, ITP Consumer. “The strength of the bench is a testament to the reach and influence of the Arab Woman Awards. This year, we were inspired by the number of influential, successful women that we could select as part of an exceptional panel of judges.”