Dubai, 23 May: The companies working behind the scenes to provide the region with top events and exhibitions had their moment on stage last night (May 22) at the Middle East EVENT Awards 2013.
Flash Entertainment took home Best Music Event with Beats on the Beach; Corporate Games won Best Sporting Event for the Abu Dhabi Corporate Games; while The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature was named Best Festival.
Among other notable winners were the Qatar National Convention Centre, which was named Best Events Venue, and IIR Middle East, named Employer of the Year.
Overall, there were 20 categories covering all aspects of the events industry, including lighting, temporary structures, sound production and exhibition stand design.
Hosted at the JW Marriott Marquis, the awards were part of the Middle East EVENT Show. The exhibition at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 21-23 targeted event and entertainment sector suppliers.
In addition to learning more about the events industry, visitors took a look back at the region's best events of 2012 at EVENT Central – brought to you by Desert River - where those in contention for the Middle East EVENT Awards showcased what made the events so successful.
The full list of category winners is as follows:
Best Exhibition (Trade or Consumer): Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company – International Defence Exhibition and Conference – IDEX 2013
Best Event on a Budget: Action Impact – du Surprises
Best Special Event: Lighthouse Productions – Grewal - Sachdev Wedding Reception Armani Pavilion.
Best Meeting or Conference: WRG – COP18/CMP8 Conference
Best Corporate Product or Service Launch: mamemo productions – Inauguration of Khalifa Port
Best Music Event: Flash Entertainment – Beats on the Beach
Best Event Lighting Design: Avantgarde – ‘The Centre of Now' New Years' Eve Celebration
Best Arts and Culture: WRG on behalf of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority – Qasr Al Hosn Festival
Best Sporting Event: Corporate Games – Abu Dhabi Corporate Games
Best Festival: Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Best Events Venue: Qatar National Convention Centre
Employer of the Year: IIR Middle East
Best Sound Production: Filmmaster MEA – 50th Anniversary of the Constitution of Kuwait
Best Exhibition Stand Design: Projex – The Abu Dhabi Pavilion at the World Routes Development Forum
Best Event Design: RedFilo on behalf of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority – Summer in Abu Dhabi
Best Temporary Venue or Structure: Al Laith Event Services – Red Bull X-Fighters
Best Entertainment Production: G-Force Arts Production – Opening Ceremony of FAI World Parachuting Championships – The Mondial, Dubai 2012
Supplier of the Year: Delta Sound
Young Achiever: Abhiroop Sen
Outstanding Contribution to the Middle East Event Indstry: Pierre Marcout