The Stevie Awards, organizer of the global business awards programs, has issued a call for entries for the 2020 (first annual) Middle East Stevie Awards; the first business awards program to recognize innovation in the workplace throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The awards are the eighth Stevie Awards program, and the first new Stevie Awards program to be created in four years.
Judging for the competition will be conducted by more than 100 professionals around the world. Winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards in the competition will be announced on January 8, 2020 in the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah.
The new award program is sponsored by Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RAK Chamber). The RAK Chamber and the Stevie Awards signed an agreement that calls for the creation of the new awards program and the staging of the awards ceremony in RAK for the first three years, and at least every other year thereafter.
“RAK Chamber supports the regional business community to have its own Business Award program called ‘Middle East Stevie Awards’ by the Stevie Awards, the world’s most recognized business awards program,” said Mohamed Ali Alnuaimi, Chairman of RAK Chamber.
He explained the award allows a company to benchmark itself against others and provides “a great way to boost morale and show appreciation for team and the work they do”. He said, “It doesn’t matter if your business is big or small, as there are a variety of award categories out there for all businesses covering SME, large, and government organization.”
“I was extremely gratified when the RAK Chamber approached us about partnering with them on a new Stevie Awards program for the Middle East and North Africa,” added Michael Gallagher, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Stevie Awards.
Stevie Awards have recognized the achievements of executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations across the region for many years in its other programs. “The time is right for the region to have its own Stevie program. We are excited to launch the Middle East Stevie Awards and look forward to the region’s first gathering of Stevie Award winners in RAK next February,” Mr Gallagher added.
Nominations will be accepted in Arabic and English in more than 100 categories
The Middle East Stevie Awards are open to all organizations in 17 nations in the Middle East and North Africa, including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Nominations will be accepted and judged, in Arabic and English, in more than 100 categories including Marketing, Technology, Management, Customer Service and Human Resources, among others.
Participants may submit any number of nominations to any number of the categories, free of charge.
However, in line with the awards global norms, nominations that are awarded a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award by the jury will be assessed a winners fee, the payment of which will unlock a number of benefits for the winner, including the right to claim the win, a Stevie Award trophy, the right to use winners’ marks in promotion, and the right to receive the trophy on stage during a gala awards event in RAK.