: The Ernst & Young Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be announced this Saturday evening at a lavish gala dinner at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Entrepreneur of the Year awards programme recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs on a regional and global level who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. A total of 18 finalists will participate in the Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year celebratory weekend.
During the three day event the finalists are invited to present their entrepreneur success story to a panel of independent distinguished judges. Awards will be given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as financial performance; entrepreneurial sprit; strategic direction; national or global impact; innovation and; personal integrity/influence. At the conclusion of the weekend one entrepreneur will be chosen by the judges to represent the Middle East as a participant in the World Entrepreneur of the Year to be held in Monaco in early June. Last year’s World Entrepreneur of the Year was Guy Laliberte, founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil.
Finalists from the Middle East share their thoughts on being nominated:
“Your own initiative is your greatest resource as an entrepreneur” - Samih Darwazah, Jordan
“I am extremely proud to be chosen as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year Award. It means that my team and I have built a company that commands the respect of our peers and the market that we serve” - Fadi Ghandour, Jordan
“It is an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award in its first year in the Middle East. The award is a positive contribution to the encouragement of entrepreneurship and I am looking forward to the results being announced in February 2008.” - Atif Abdulmalik, Bahrain
“I am overwhelmed as well as delighted to have been short-listed for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award recognizes the spirit of enterprise - something which I think Bahrainis have as part of their national character.” - Saud Kanoo, Bahrain
“I am delighted to be a finalist. I see my selection as a finalist in this competition as recognition of what the KIPCO organization as a whole has achieved.” - Faisal Al Ayyar, Kuwait
“All my life I have passionately believed in all that I did. But the single minded focus all this created never made life easy. But then a moment like now arrives and you expect to feel euphoric. But if the truth be told, I have only felt humble and gratified.” - Samir Fancy, Oman
“This is another step towards my continuous strive for success and an incentive that will push me to achieve more” - Marzooq Al Rashdan, Kuwait
“The Middle East currently lags in showing appreciation of successful business leaders. To be shortlisted by peers and professionals in the industry as one of leading entrepreneur in the Region is a recognition of all the hard work done over the years.” - Mohammed Al Alloush, Kuwait
“I am truly proud and grateful to be selected as a Finalist for E&Y Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year Award especially as Azadea Group is the only Lebanese candidate within this category. However, with this nomination comes the great responsibility of representing both my company and my country and I hope to be up to the expectations.” - Wasim Daher, Lebanon
“While I must confess to personal delight at having been awarded the recognition implicit in being selected among the best 18, as well as a sense of having been picked by a group of wise and enlightened outsiders, I would be less than honest if I do not admit a desire and hope to go up even higher.” - Maqbool Hameed Al Saleh, Oman
“What a man wants a man gets” - Sobhi Batterjee, Saudi Arabia
“It is an extreme honor for me and an inspiration to reach greater heights of excellence. It’s a motivating factor for everybody who desires to realize their dreams in life.” - B R Shetty, United Arab Emirates
“I am very privileged to be amongst the finalist for this distinguished award. E&Y has a brilliant reputation and being associated with an award that is managed by this company, is an honor and most definitely an added value to TAMEER and not only to myself.” - Omar Ayesh, United Arab Emirates
“I am humbled to be selected as a finalist for this Award that is sponsored by such a prestigious international organization.” - Sunny Varkey, United Arab Emirates
“Ernst and Young has chosen to celebrate success, and by short-listing not one, but 18 individuals, any of whom can go on to win the global award shows clearly that the Middle East region is coming of age and that globally celebrated businesses have been born in our region.” - Arif Naqvi, United Arab Emirates
The Entrepreneur of the Year awards recognizes individuals who put everything on the line in order to translate an idea into a viable, sustainable enterprise.
The Ernst & Young Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2007 was sponsored by Lloyds TSB, International Private Banking. As the Middle East is an important region of growth for Lloyds TSB, the company is keen to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation amongst businesspeople in various industries.