IT Weekly Arab Technology Awards recognise 25 years of innovation

The winners of the prestigious 2005 IT Weekly Arab Technology Awards were announced last night at a gala ceremony, held at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  September 27, 2005

The winners of the prestigious 2005 IT Weekly Arab Technology Awards were announced last night at a gala ceremony, held at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai. The event, sponsored by Etisalat and held in association with Gitex, celebrated 25 years of technology innovation across the Middle East and recognised the IT pioneers, leaders and educators of the Arab World. More than 20 awards were presented, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler, Minister of Finance and Industry, and Chairman of the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Other awards presented on the night recognised Industry Trailblazers, Local Heroes, Innovative Organisations, and International Stars. There was also a special award for DWTC, recognising the role the organisation has played in driving the local information technology market forward through Gitex, which is celebrating its silver anniversary this year. Among the Trailblazers, Her Highness Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Economy and Planning, and Board Member of Tejari, won an award for her outstanding contribution to e-commerce, while Her Excellency Ms. Nadia Al-Saeed, Jordan’s Minister of ICT, picked up a gong for the ministry’s role in driving public/private sector cooperation in the Hashamite Kingdom’s IT industry. Other winners in the same category included Ahmad Bin Byat, director general of TECOM for his outstanding contribution to IT development, and eCompany’s GM Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar for his role in increasing internet adoption in the UAE. Dubai eGovernment’s Salem Al Shair collected an award for his role as eServices director for the emirate, and Mohammad Omran, chief executive of Etisalat, was recognised for his outstanding contribution to telecommunications. Aptec's Dr Ali Baghdadi collected an award for his oustanding contribution to business channel development. The IT Weekly Innovative Organisations Awards recognised the efforts of companies harnessing IT to improve service levels and boost their bottom lines. Winners included NBAD, Emirates, ZIIC, PWC Logistics, and Dubai Women’s College. In the Local Hero Awards, gongs went to Alpha Data, Emirates Computers, and Raya Holding. And in the International Stars Awards, Oracle, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, i-mate, Cisco, and Acer were all recognised, while individuals such as HP Middle East’s Joseph Hanania, Computer Associates’ Gilbert Lacroix, and Nokia Networks’ Dr. Walid Moneimne were heralded for their roles in the region’s technology sector.

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