Oryx Publishing & Advertising hosted the first ever Qatar Today Women of the Year awards on 30 October, 2017, at The St. Regis Doha, in partnership with Qatari Business Women Association (QBWA).
Faisal Fuad, General Manager of Oryx Publishing & Advertising, said, “Welcome to our Woman of the Year festivity, which is small in size but large in worth. It is a small gesture, which we are proud of, by our reputable magazine Qatar Today, in its Arabic and English versions, with the valuable participation of the Qatari Business Women Association (QBWA) to honour distinguished Qatari women.”
“Women in Qatar have achieved more milestones compared to women in many other countries of the world. She even assumed the portfolio of a cabinet minister, besides working in many ministries, institutions, bodies and establishments, where she has unmistakable fingerprints.
The prestigious event had Spanish fashion brand Punt Roma as the official Gold Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz as the Automotive Sponsor, and Homes R Us as the Silver Sponsor. Oryx would like to thank The St. Regis Doha, Hyatt Plaza, Inglot, Syrian American Medical Center, Amazon Diet Center, Plaza Hollandi Events, and Darz Design for their support.
Qatar Today Women of the Year provides a unique platform for women in this country to be recognised for their talent and effort. The awards night will celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to society, thereby supporting the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Ghazala Mohammad, Events Manager at Oryx and organiser of the Qatar Today Women of the Year 2017 awards, said: “Recipients of these awards are women from various sectors, from public service to business owners, who have achieved success against all odds. These individuals have broken glass ceilings; they work hard to remove barriers for other women and they are challenging established industry norms through innovation. With longstanding support from QBWA, a very prominent organisation, I am sure this award will continue to be a distinguished event that inspires the next generation, fuels passion and galvanises women to be a force for change.”
Aisha Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman of QBWA, said: “This award is a great way to honour, recognise and celebrate the contribution of women who have excelled in their respective fields, whilst inspiring future generations of women to achieve their full potential and maximise their contribution to the Qatari economy.”
In its debut year, Qatar Today Women of the Year aims to honour 10 Qatari women from different categories who have left their mark in various sectors in 2016-17. The winners are:
- Inspirational Woman of the Year
This award honours women whose forward thinking and innovative ideas and awe-inspiring approach have made them a source of inspiration for many. This award goes to Eman Al Obaidly.
- Entrepreneur of the Year
This award honours women who are marching forward in the world of business, and making their mark in whatever industry they are in. This award goes to Haya Al Ghanem.
- Humanitarian of the Year
This award honours women exhibiting the passion, dedication and selflessness needed to make a difference in the lives of others. This award goes to Ameera Al Nuaimi.
- Medical Pioneer of the Year
This award honours women who have made significant contributions in the field of medicine in Qatar. This award goes to Dr Basema Al Houri.
- Sportswoman of the Year
This award celebrates women who have given outstanding performances in sports. This award goes to Roza Saleh.
- Creative Woman of the Year
This award brings to fore women who have helped shape the face of arts and culture in the region, from fashion and design to literature and art. This award goes to Naila Al Thani.
- Young Talent of the Year
This award celebrates the extraordinary talents of women aged 25 and under. This award goes to Amal Al Muftah.
- Hospitality Pioneer of the Year
This award honours women who have made significant contributions in the field of hospitality and tourism in Qatar. The award goes to Amal Al Shammari.
- Engineer of the Year
This award honours women who have proven that engineering is no longer a boy’s club. This award goes to Mariam Al Bishri.
- Technocrat of the Year
This award honours women who are leading the race in helping Qatar take the digital leap in the world of technology. This award goes to Fatima Al Kuwari.
- Qatar Today Woman of the Year
Oryx presented this special award to HE Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, who has excelled in the healthcare sector for years and guided the country to the pinnacle of success in this sector. She served as the managing director of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) before being appointed Minister of Public Health in January 2016. Since joining HMC in 1996, HE Dr Hanan has worked on improving human resources and organ donation.
- She’s Mercedes
‘She’s Mercedes’ is the canvas of this idea: a circle of inspiration; a place where women can connect and exchange ideas, share experiences and learn from one another. It’s a hub for meaningful conversation, offering new perspectives and supporting ambitions. ‘She’s Mercedes’ is a platform dedicated to inspiring, connecting and empowering women to unleash their best. This award goes to Asmaa Al Thani.
Nominations and judging panel
The nominations, shortlisted by the judges, were collected on September 28. The judging panel’s first meeting was held on October 4 at The St. Regis Doha, where the judges made their nominations for each category. After discussing the nominees, the judges gave scores to each nominee based on leadership, impact, creativity, resilience and commitment. The judging panel met again on October 9 for the final time to seal the names of the winners, which will remain confidential till the night of the awards.
The judging panel is composed of individuals from a wide range of sectors who brought their intimate knowledge of Qatar’s business and social landscape to the table, in both nominating and deciding the ultimate winner, in a thoroughly impartial and transparent manner. The panel included Aisha Al Bedeed, Board Member of QBWA and Brand Owner of Darz Design; Amal Al Aathem, Board Member of QBWA, Counselor in Ministry of Culture and Sports, and Chairwoman of 7th Heaven Arts; Mishael Al Ansari, Board Member of QBWA and Managing Partner of Oishi Sushi; Aysha Al Romaihi, Business Development Manager at Qatar Business Incubation Centre (QBIC); Reem Al Suwaidi, General Manager of Bedaya Center; and Lolwa Al Marri, President of Qatar Women Sports Committee (QWSC).
As Qatar’s oldest and most prestigious news and business magazine, Qatar Today reaches an audience that is much sought after. The magazine’s unique combination of business and trends reportage is valued and appreciated by the country’s business leaders, corporate heads, high-ranking ministry/government officials and affluent households. The flagship title of Oryx Publishing and Advertising, Qatar Today is valued for its unbiased editorial stance and in-depth coverage.