(Left to right): Ramesh Bulchandani, General Manager of Homes R Us; Sakala Debrass, Marketing Manager at Oryx Publishing & Advertising; Dr Faisal Fuad, General Manager of Oryx Publishing & Advertising; Amal Al Aathem, Board Member of QBWA, Counselor in Ministry of Culture and Sports; Pankaj Joshi, Marketing Director of Mercedes-Benz Qatar; Ghazala Mohammad, Events Manager at Oryx Publishing & Advertising and organiser of the Qatar Today Women of the Year 2017 awards.

Oryx Publishing & Advertising will host the first ever Qatar Today Women of the Year awards on 30 October, 2017 at The St. Regis Doha, in partnership with Qatari Businesswomen Association (QBWA).

Qatar Today Women of the Year is the first and one of its kind in Qatar. It is a platform for women in Qatar to be recognised for their talent and effort. In support of the Qatar National Vision 2030, the evening will celebrate their achievements by awarding them for their accomplishments and contributions to society.

In its debut year, Qatar Today Women of the Year awards aims to honour 10 Qatari women from different categories who have left their mark in various sectors in 2016-17. The categories are Inspirational Woman of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Medical Pioneer of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Creative Woman of the Year, Young Talent of the Year, Hospitality Pioneer of the Year, Engineer of the Year and Technocrat of the Year.

Faisal Fuad, General Manager of Oryx Publishing & Advertising, says, “You are most welcome as the Woman of the Year in Qatar. 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.

This made it imperative for us and you to select and honor the distinguished woman of the year on October 30, 2017 at The St. Regis Doha. Today, we have the pleasure to confirm that this festivity will be a beginning of an annual function to honour the distinguished Qatari woman and highlight her successes and achievements every year. Welcome again, and see you soon.”

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 Judging Panel included Aisha Al Bedeed, Board Member of QBWA, Brand Owner of Darz Design; Amal Al Aathem, Board Member of QBWA, Counselor in Ministry of Culture and Sports, Chairwoman of 7th Heaven Arts; Mishael Al Ansari, Board Member of QBWA, 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).

Aisha Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman of QBWA, says, “This award is a great way to honor, recognise and celebrate the contribution of women who have excelled in their fields, whilst inspiring future generations of women to achieve their full potential and maximise their contribution to the Qatari economy.”

The nominations, which were made by the judges, were collected on September 28. The first judging panel 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 meeting to seal the names of the winners as the names will stay confidential.

Ghazala Mohammad, Events Manager at Oryx and organiser of the Qatar Today Women of the Year 2017 awards, says, “Everybody has to contribute to make the world a better place to live for girls and women, which is what we need to do and appreciate. With a sense of added charm and determination, this award will help recognise the hard work of Qatari women who put in great amounts of efforts to make change happen. As they say, ‘if you educate a man you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a whole nation.’”

Sheikh Faleh bin Nawaf Al Thani, Operations Director – Auto, Nasser Bin Khaled (NBK) Holding, says, “Nasser Bin Khaled Automobiles, the authorised general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Qatar, is proud to partner with this prestigious event that appreciates women in Qatar and highlights their achievements. Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to women is an integral part of the brand’s ongoing success story. To recognise this, Mercedes-Benz launched ‘She’s Mercedes,’ a platform dedicated to inspiring, connecting and empowering women to unleash their best. Our sponsorship of this important award is a testament to our commitment to this worthy initiative as part of our local endeavors in the community.”

Ramesh Bulchandani, General Manager of Homes R Us, Silver Sponsor of Qatar Today Women of the Year 2017, says, “We’re proud to be part of Qatar Today Women of the Year 2017, recognising and celebrating the achievements of Qatari women. It’s a significant event, which supports the Qatar National Vision 2030 to empower Qatari women in all spheres.”

Oryx Publishing & Advertising is proud to announce that the world renowned Spanish fashion brand Punt Roma is the official Gold Sponsor of the Qatar Today Women of the Year 2017 awards, Mercedes-Benz is the Automotive Sponsor, Homes R Us is the Silver Sponsor. Oryx would like to thank The St. Regis Doha, Hyatt Plaza, Inglot, Syrian American Medical Center, Amazon Diet Center, Plaza Hollandi, and Darz Design for their support.