Every year, Gulf Business Awards commemorates the region’s business community, lauding the individuals and companies positively impacting and influencing the GCC’s economic ecosystem.


Gulf Business has been showcasing the region’s movers and shakers for more than 25 years now, and the high-profile attendees at our awards are a reflection of the respected status that the brand enjoys in the region.


What makes Gulf Business Awards more prominent is that the winners are selected by an expert panel of judges. Companies and business leaders are recognised across multiple industry verticals including tourism and hospitality, transport and logistics, innovation, finance and banking, healthcare and retail. Special accolades include Lifetime Achievement award, Businesswoman of the year and SME of the year, among others.


Gulf Business Awards 2021 winners included some of the region’s biggest and most innovative companies including G42 Healthcare, Masdar, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Huawei, Century Financial, GMG, and Aldar Properties as well as business leaders such as Colm McLoughlin, Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, Khadija Al Bastaki and Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi.


Nominations open: September 21, 2022

Nominations close: October 17, 2022

Shortlist announcement: October 19, 2022

Table sales: October 20, 2022

Awards ceremony: November 23, 2022



All of the company and business leader shortlists will be judged on the following criteria

  • All
  • Category

A company’s/business leader's ability to lead a sector through thought-leadership, continual innovation and cutting edge strategy.


Company growth in the last year and expansion into new markets.

Financial results

Company results in terms of assets, profits and turnover taken in a wider market context.

Product quality

The ability to deliver exceptional, innovative, customer-orientated products of the highest quality.

Service delivery

The ability to provide excellent service to all stakeholders including customers, partners and suppliers.

Corporate social responsibility

A firm’s efforts to give something back to wider society in terms of mentorship, environmental concerns, charity and corporate social responsibility.