UAE SMEs recognized for growth

The winners of the 8th Gulf Capital SME Awards 2019 were announced at a gala dinner hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Center.
Updated 30 September 2019

UAE SMEs recognized for growth

Gulf Capital has unveiled the winners of the 8th Gulf Capital SME Awards 2019 at a gala dinner hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Center. Seventeen SMEs across the technology, F&B and health care sectors were recognized for implementing innovative techniques and strategies that lead to business growth and rapid expansion. 

This year, the awards, which recognize new and existing SME businesses, received a record number of 300 applications from companies and entrepreneurs across 17 categories. 

Dr. Karim El-Solh, CEO of Gulf Capital, said: “SMEs are the driving force of the UAE’s economy, as they constitute over 90 percent of all the organizations in the country. We are pleased to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the SMEs that continue to fuel the growth of the UAE economy and are displaying world-class capabilities by being champions of growth and innovation.”

“Entrepreneurs and small companies are the drivers of the future success of this region,” said MEED editorial director Richard Thompson. “Through these awards, MEED is supporting SMEs in the UAE by celebrating their finest achievements. And even if they have not won an award on the night, every company participating in the Gulf Capital SME Awards 2019 is a winner and should be applauded for the contribution it is making to the future of this region.”

The UAE continues to be the preferred location for SMEs to flourish as the number of new companies entering the market has increased by 30 percent in the last decade, according to a recent report by Diligencia, Gulf Capital and MEED.


d3 to host Dubai’s first architecture festival in November

Updated 10 August 2020

d3 to host Dubai’s first architecture festival in November

Dubai Design District (d3) will host the inaugural d3 Architecture Festival in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects Gulf Chapter (RIBA Gulf Chapter), establishing the emirate’s first platform to showcase regional architecture, urbanism and sustainable development.

The inaugural edition of the festival is set to run from Nov. 11 to 13 on the sidelines of Dubai Design Week, held under the patronage of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

Curated with Juan Roldan, associate professor in the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah, under the theme “Identity, Context and Placemaking in the Gulf,” the festival will celebrate the achievements of architecture companies in d3, Dubai and the wider GCC region.

Showcasing landmark regional architectural projects, the event will host a series of talks to steer the Middle East toward a more sustainable future, and invite designers, architects and the general public to participate in daily charrettes. Dubai’s first architecture festival will kick off with an opening reception at Building 6, d3, on Nov. 11.

Khadija Al-Bastaki, executive director of d3, said: “Dubai has long been known as an architectural playground and the emirate’s limitless ambition has found expression in its ever-evolving skyline. As we carry on the process of rebuilding in the post-COVID-19 world, our relationship with the built and natural world has never been more important.

“In line with this priority, and recognizing that d3 has become a hub for the Middle East’s architecture community, we’re delighted to announce the launch of the d3 Architecture Festival 2020 in partnership with RIBA Gulf Chapter. While offering a platform for critical reflection on social, cultural and economic issues, it will also provide opportunities for new talent and bring the design community together to champion Dubai and the UAE as a hub for knowledge, creativity and innovation.”

RIBA Gulf Chapter Chair and Managing Partner of AMA Andy Shaw added: “The exhibition will feature models, drawings and projects from the most exciting architects working in the Gulf, such as Binchy and Binchy and Anarchitect who are founded by RIBA members. This event is a celebration of what has been achieved by architects in the region and, more importantly, what is to come from the emerging generation of local companies and graduating students.”