Following the resounding success of the first “UAE Web Awards” held in 2005, Business Software Alliance (BSA), the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world, and the UAE Web Awards Committee have announced the second edition of the annual awards. The “UAE Web Awards 2006” will be open for participation from today (Saturday, 17 June, 2006) till September 30, 2006.
The “UAE Web Awards” is a first-of-its-kind award dedicated to honor talented web developers and designers in the UAE and to safeguard the integrity of their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The competition is open for all organizations and freelance web designers, web developers and web owners in UAE.
The winner of the “Best Website in the UAE” will receive the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award, the highest honor at the UAE Web Awards. All 23 award categories will have three winners each. The top winner in each category will be presented a golden trophy, while the second and third winners will receive silver and bronze trophies respectively. Grading will be applied by a jury comprised of experts in the field of web design and will special criteria designated according to specific high-level standards of web design.
“The success of the inaugural edition of the ‘UAE Web Awards’ has encouraged us to hold the event on a larger scale this time around,” said Jawad Al Redha. “In the Digital Age, websites have emerged as a key source of information and a platform for business transactions. Aspects such as layout and user-friendliness of a website are all crucial to projecting a positive image of the owning company. Through the ‘UAE Web Awards’, we seek to provide participants an outlet for creative expression and at the same time leverage the profile of the event to bring attention to the importance of respecting Intellectual Property Rights.”
Pierre Moukarzel, President of the Pan Arab Web Awards Committee, said, “The ‘UAE Web Awards’ seeks to recognize excellence in web designing and development by bringing together web design companies, freelancers and web owners in a competition for the best website in each of the designated categories. We expect this year’s award to draw wide participation, and are confident this first-of-its-kind award will grow to become one of the UAE’s premier web events.”
The winners of the “UAE Web Awards 2006” will compete with other winners from other Arab countries for the prestigious Pan Arab Web Awards 2007 competition and will represent the UAE at the event. The winners will be announced during an official ceremony, to be announced soon.
The award categories include: Best Bank website, Best Commercial and Financial website, Best e-commerce website, Best Educational website, Best Fashion website, Best Government website, Best Public Organisation and Municipalities website, Best Hospital or Health Organisation website, Best Industrial website, Best International Organisation website, Best Consulate website, Best Media and Advertising website, Best Non-Governmental website, Best Individual website, Best Sports website, Best Tourist Website, Best Air, Land and Sea Transportation website, Best Airline website, Best Car Sale and Rental website, Best Entertainment website and the Best Real Estate website.