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Qatar Today Top 10 companies honoured

Stalwarts of Qatari bourse and the business sector were recognised in a high-profile, red-carpet event organised by Qatar Today.

  • Gulf International Services was the top-performing company in 2015 on the Qatar Stock Exchange.
  • HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedicated service in shaping Qatar’s energy policies.
  • Gulf Bridge International was recognised as the Most Innovative Company in 2015.

Doha, May 30: The second edition of the Qatar Today Business Excellence Awards (QTBEA) brought together the top businessmen and dignitaries in the country to celebrate the resilience of Qatar’s economy and honour those companies who have thrived in this difficult economic climate. Gulf International Services clinched the award for the top-performing company listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange for its performance in 2015 and providing unbeatable value to its shareholders. The awards were presented to the representatives of the winning companies by the Chief Guest, Rashid Ali Al Mansoori, CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange, who also unveiled the special June issues of Qatar Today and Qatar Al Youm.

According to Sindhu Nair, Managing Editor of Oryx Publishing and Advertising, “It has become more important than ever to celebrate the success of companies that have proved their mettle in the current economic climate. These top companies serve as an inspiration for Qatar’s business community. In the coming years, we expect more and more private enterprises to enter the Qatar Stock Exchange in order to have access to more liquidity and we hope to continue this important work. We are excited about QTBEA’s legacy.”

Rashid Bin Ali Al Mansoori, CEO or Qatar Stock Exchange expressed his pleasure to support the Award for the second edition. “The awards are a unique platform that recognises the entrepreneurship spirit of Qatari business leaders, who have helped drive the economy forward. We look forward to setting new standards of business excellence within the country,” he said.

“The QSE supports all initiatives encouraging the listed companies to raise the level of their performance and transparency in order to help investors formulate educated investment decisions.  The awards are an opportunity to reward excellence in business in Qatar through rewarding the best performers in QSE and the prominent companies and individuals who have done the nation proud by excelling in the fields of business and economy and also by aligning their company goals to the National Vision 2030,” he added.

“In other words, competiveness and adopting the best international practices is a necessity in modern capital markets, to include our markets, especially following our upgrade to emerging market status by various international indices such as MSCI, S&P Dow Jones, and FTSE,” he elaborated.

He said that, “These awards encourage more local companies to take part in the development of the Qatari economy.  This event does not only award the companies on their achievements, but also sheds light on the evolution of the corporate culture in Qatar.”

Qatar Today Top 10 ranking has been vetted and validated by Deloitte. “This year Qatar Today has adjusted their ranking methodology in order to better align with the best practices adopted by similar international rankings. The ranking is based on performance and utilises key financial metrics and ratios using underlying data sourced from Capital IQ and the Qatar Stock Exchange,” according to Deloitte & Touche Qatar representatives, Head of Financial Advisory Services, Robin Butteriss; and Assistant Director, Saumya Krishna.

QTBEA also gave out special awards that recognize achievements in the large private sector which operated outside the financial markets. HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah was felicitated with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to shaping not only the country’s energy policies but also that of the State of Qatar itself during those years of exciting growth. Dr Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera Consumer Goods Company was presented with the Businessman of the Year award. Qatar Today also honoured other prominent companies and individuals who did the nation proud last year by excelling in their fields and aligning their corporate goals to the National Vision 2030. Please see attached file for more details on the Qatar Today Top 10 and QTBEA Special Awards winners.

Maserati was the main sponsor of this event and they presented the Maserati-Qatar Today Young Achievers Award to Dana Haidan, Head of CSR at Vodafone Qatar. Deloitte were the Validation Partners for Qatar Today Top 10, GBI and Amigoz the support sponsors; and Marsa Malaz Kempinski provided venue support. Among the dignitaries present at the event were Yousuf bin Jassim Al Darwish, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Oryx Publishing and Advertising Co WLL; Jassim bin Yousuf Al Darwish, Managing Director of Oryx Publishing and Advertising Co WLL and executives from some of the most dynamic and prestigious companies and institutions in Qatar.


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