First-ever ‘UAE Web Awards 2005’ launched by BSA and the Assembly of Professionals and Technicians in Lebanon (APTL)

Published October 9th, 2005 - 07:40 GMT

Business Software Alliance (BSA), the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world, and the Assembly of Professionals and Technicians in Lebanon (APTL), have announced the launch of the first-ever ‘UAE Web Awards 2005’, in cooperation with the Lebanese Canadian bank, Microsoft Corporation and with the support of Dubai Internet City. The contest will start today (October xx, 2005), and will go on till November 31st, 2005.

The objective of the competition, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East to honour talented web designers, is an extension of the annual ‘Pan Arab Web Awards’. The organisers are aiming to encourage creativity and motivate individuals and companies in the field of web design. The focus is to promote web designers who are committed to the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws for the creation of a piracy-free digital environment. These awards are also aimed to increase the adoption of technology by non-IT related fields to ensure the development of a digital economy.

The competition is open for all companies, web designers and developers across the UAE. The awards will be given away during an official ceremony, to be announced soon.

A specialised committee, comprising a host of experts in web development and web design, will evaluate and compare the participating entries, and will decide the winning website. Interested individuals and companies can participate in a large number of categories which include, Best Bank website, Best Commercial and Financial website, Best e-commerce website, Best Educational website, Best Fashion website, Best Government website, Best Public Organisation and Municipalities website, Best Hospital or Health Organisation website, Best Industrial website, Best International Organisation website, Best Consulate website, Best Media and Advertising website, Best Non-Governmental website, Best Individual website, Best Sports website, Best Tourist Website, Best Air, Land and Sea Transportation website, Best Airline website, Best Car Sale and Rental website, Best Entertainment website and the Best Real Estate website.

Special awards will be presented to the best three websites of each category and the winners will qualify for the “Pan Arab Web Awards 2006” which hosts 12 winners from 12 Arab countries. The Pan Arab Web Awards 2006 will take place in Jordan during coming March.

Jawad Al Redha, Co-Chairman BSA Middle East, said: “We are glad to organise this competition aimed at supporting the creative minds of the UAE, a country which has the distinction of recording the lowest piracy rate in the region. As part of our efforts to promote a legal and safe digital environment and to encourage the young Arab talents in the field of web design and development, we will continue to extend our support to this award. We would like to invite various companies from the public and private sector to take part in this contest as it will also help in raising awareness on the importance of using original software.”

Pierre Moukarzel, President, Assembly of Professionals and Technicians in Lebanon (APTL), said: “The UAE Web Awards 2005 qualifies the winners to participate in the Pan Arab Web Awards. The competition is aimed at encouraging local companies and organisations to adopt technology which has become a vital part of our daily lives. The UAE Web Awards presents an ideal platform for the talented individuals in the country to exhibit their work.”


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