The UAE Web Awards Committee and BSA honor winners of first UAE Web Awards

Published March 19th, 2006 - 08:00 GMT

Business Software Alliance (BSA), the foremost organization dedicated to promoting a safe and legal digital world, and the UAE Web Awards Committee, honored the winners of the inaugural UAE Web Awards at a grand ceremony held at the Morouj Rotana Hotel in Dubai.

Jawad Al Redha, Co-Chairman of BSA Middle East, presented the awards to the winners, in the presence of dignitaries and senior government officials. The Mercedes Benz Middle East website won the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award, the highest honor at the UAE Web Awards.

The UAE Web Awards is a first-of-its-kind award dedicated to honor talented web developers and designers in the UAE and to safeguard the integrity of their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry, the awards were organized jointly by BSA and UAE Web Awards Committee, in cooperation with The Lebanese Canadian bank, Microsoft Corporation and with the support of Dubai Internet City.

The winners of the award have all qualified for the Pan Arab Web Awards 2006 to be held during April in Jordan, and will represent UAE at the event. The Pan Arab Web Awards 2006, held under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah bin Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which will host the winners from the various Arab countries in each of the categories.
“The UAE Web Awards were initiated with the objective of providing an avenue for creative expression for web developers and web designers in the UAE. In the technology-driven world of today, it is important that outstanding talents in web development and design are duly recognized, so it would inspire them to strive for greater levels of excellence,” said Pierre Moukarzel, Chairman, Pan Arab Web Awards Committee. “Besides being a source of motivation to upcoming designers and developers, such competitions serve to popularize technology and contribute towards the evolution of a digital society.”

“An important aspect of this award is that the winners will have an opportunity to showcase their creativity to a wider audience, as they will be participating at the prestigious Pan Arab Web Awards 2006. If their performance at the UAE Web Awards is any indication, the national winners are sure to put on a creditable show at the Pan Arab Awards,” Moukarzel added.

Entries for the competition, which was open to all companies, web designers and developers across the country, were received from early October to November 31, 2005. The winners were announced following a comprehensive evaluation of the entries by a panel comprising a host of experts in web development and web design.

The Awards comprised of various categories such as, Best Bank and Financial Institution Website, Best Corporate Website, Best Art and Design, Best Cultural and Education Website, Best Government Organisation Website, Best Media and Press Website, Best Non-Governmental Organisation Website, Best Personal Website, Best Real Estate Website, Best Consulate Website, Best Media and Advertising Website, Best Student Website, Best Travel, Tourism and Transportation Website, Best Strategy Website and Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award (Web of the Year).


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