The Middle East Business Leaders Awards 2012 has named His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Corporation (the umbrella organization of Sharjah Media Centre), as 'Media Personality of the Year' in the International Media and Communications Sector category.The distinction recognises His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi's exemplary efforts and
achievements in positioning Sharjah on the global map of culture and communication while leading institutions such as Sharjah Media Centre. His Excellency also spearheaded the launch of Al Sharqiya TV and conceptualised the Government Communications Forum in Sharjah, a first-of-its-kind event in the Middle East that attracted participants from all over the world.
Organized by The Leaders International Magazine Malaysia, the Middle East Business Leaders' Awards 2012 acknowledged business visionaries from across diverse industry sectors for their outstanding achievements and consistent contribution to the region's economic development. The gala ceremony was held on 15 May at the Armani Hotel in Dubai.
His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi received the prestigious award from Shahul Hameed Dawood, Group CEO, My Events International, in the presence of His Excellency Ahmed Fadil Shams El Deen, Consul-General of Malaysia in Dubai.
His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi said: "The distinction acknowledges the collective efforts of the entire team at Sharjah Media Corporation. The International Media and Communications Sector Award reflects Sharjah's continued priority to nurture a culture of excellence.
"We commend the Middle East Business Leaders' Awards for creating a platform that recognises devoted efforts. The awards serve as an inspiration for the region's thriving business community."
Supported by the CEO Clubs UAE, IEMQ and endorsed by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Middle East Business Leaders' Awards 2012 awarded achievers across 20 categories. The ceremony drew the participation of over 250 internationally acclaimed business leaders from the GCC region and Malaysia, including His Excellency Khalil Al Khonji, Chairman of the Federation of GCC Chambers of Commerce.
Sharjah had yet another recipient of the Middle East Business Leaders' Awards this year. Rashid Alleem, Founder and Chairman of the Sharjah-based Alleem Knowledge Center, won an award in the Training and Human Capital Development category. Winners of the previous two editions of the awards include His Excellency Khaled Soliman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Galadari Brothers Co. LLC, His Excellency Abdulrahim Hassan Naqi, Secretary-General of the Federation of GCC Chambers, and His Excellency Abdul Rahman Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Sharjah Media Centre, the communication arm of the Government of Sharjah functions under the umbrella of Sharjah Media Corporation. The centre is a government entity mandated to develop the media landscape in Sharjah and oversee the multi-pronged media requirements of the emirate. Moreover, in addition to consolidating the presence of Sharjah on the regional and international media landscape, Sharjah Media Centre prioritises the nurturing of local media talent for preparing a well-informed pool of industry professionals.