Emirates Palace to host Aviation Business Awards

Details on the region's ultimate celebration of aviation excellence.
NEWS, Aviation


Leading players from across the Middle East aerospace industry will compete for trade honours at the fourth annual Aviation Business Awards (ABA) in Abu Dhabi.

The prestigious ceremony, which is organised by ITP Business, publisher of Aviation Business magazine and, will be hosted at the world-famous Emirates Palace Hotel on Tuesday 30th November 2010.

“The Middle East is leading the way with billion dollar investments to improve airport facilities in various different countries. In addition, the region is currently producing some of the most impressive airlines on the planet, with success stories including Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways,” commented Walid Akawi, chief executive officer of ITP Publishing Group.

“The Aviation Business Awards will make a welcome return in 2010 to recognise those regional and international companies that stand out from this exalted crowd. The nominees will once again include a combination of regional and international players that have gone above and beyond in terms of their recent industry contribution,” he continued.

The Aviation Business Awards 2010 is sponsored by Abu Dhabi-based Waha Capital and will include 15 categories in total, covering the airline, airport and cargo sectors, along with a variety of supporting niches. Previous winners have included the likes of Dubai Airports, Air Arabia, Emirates and Dnata. Nominations are now being invited online and will be assessed by a prestigious panel of experts, selected from within the Middle East aviation industry.

“Since its inception in 2007, the Aviation Business Awards have emerged as a leading event for the Middle East aviation industry. Given the market challenges that our industry is facing on a global level at the moment, this is a perfect opportunity to remember those companies and individuals that continue to achieve excellence on a daily basis,” commented Fathi H. Buhazza, president and chief executive officer of Maximus Air Cargo and founder of Care by Air, who makes his debut on the judging panel in 2010.

Other participants in the judging process this year include Salem Rashid Al Noaimi (chief executive officer of Waha Capital) and Ali Al Naqbi (founding chairman of the Middle East Business Aviation Association - MEBAA). A select number of additional figureheads will be announced shortly.

“Award ceremonies are important in defining the benchmark for excellence and separating the outstanding achiever from the rest of the group,” added Buhazza. “They also provide recognition to the best performers in the field, while inspiring others to emulate their success. This is exactly what we’re hoping to achieve with the Aviation Business Awards.”

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Airline of the Year
Low Cost Airline of the Year
Business Aviation Operator of the Year
Cargo Operator of the Year (Commercial Airline)
Cargo Operator of the Year (Cargo / Charter Airline)
Airport of the Year
Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year
MRO Service Provider of the Year
Ground Handling Provider of the Year
Technology Implementation of the Year
Training and Education Provider of the Year
Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Unsung Hero of the Year
Personal Achievement of the Year
Hall of Fame Award

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