Nayla Al Khaja declared “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Gulf Business Awards 2017

The prestigious annual Gulf Business Awards took place in a dazzling ceremony on Sunday September 10, 2017, at Fairmont The Palm hotel in Dubai, with some of the region’s top business executives in attendance. The sixth edition of the event saw a total of 27 awards given away during the evening.

The awards – judged by an independent panel and public voting – sought to celebrate excellence in the corporate world and recognized companies and business leaders across nine industries. Awards were also given to across other special categories to recognize innovation and CSR.

Nayla Al Khaja received a special category award, “Entrepreneur of the year”, in recognition of her achievements for both her production company, D-Seven Motion Pictures, and her film club, The Scene Club.

For his enormous achievements and ceaseless contributions to the growth of the UAE – especially in aviation, the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 was awarded to HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; chairman and CEO of Emirates Group; and chairman of Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee, Dubai Airports and Emirates NBD.

The judging panel included: Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, group CEO of Tecom Group; Arif Naqvi, founder and group CEO of The Abraaj Group; Mark Beer OBE, CEO of DIFC’s Dispute Resolution Authority; Ian Fairservice, Motivate managing partner and group editor-in-chief; and Neil King, editor of Gulf Business.

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