L'Officiel Abu Dhabi Arab Woman Awards announced

WAM Abu Dhabi, May 23rd, 2012 (WAM)–The winners of the 2012 L’Officiel Arab Woman Awards were last night announced at a glittering ceremony attended by over 400 females at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi.

A celebration of achievements, the L’Officiel Arab Woman Awards commemorated Arab women’s accomplishments in the fields of business, arts, charity, fashion and philanthropy, with winners including; Entrepreneur, Asma Abdulla Abduljalil Al Fahim and Humanitarian, Azza Sulaiman.

The ultimate award for the Most Inspirational Arab Woman was presented to Sarah Ibrahim Shuhail for her work in Ewa’a, a shelter for woman and children who are victims of human trafficking.

Executive Director of Ewa’a, Sarah helped in setting up the shelter since its beginning. Truly honoured to have received the award, she said "it has been a challenging experience as it’s the first shelter of its kind in the region." "In saying this, the team and I have managed to achieve successful milestones, which have been highly regarded by different countries and regions internationally".

Pleased to have celebrated with L’Officiel and recognise the great achievements of each Arab woman, sponsors of the event included title sponsors, Maserati, and luxury brand Swarovski.

"Since its beginning in 1895, Swarovski has grown to be the world’s leading producer of precision-cut crystals becoming an essential ingredient in luxury, glamour and style. Continuing the vision of its founder, dedicated to perfection, precision and continual innovation, Swarovski is thrilled to celebrate the Arab Women Awards in partnership with L’Officiel magazine. We are amazed by the inspiring work of these creative minds and their ability to push the boundaries showing that Arab women are as multi faceted as a Swarovski crystal, embodying light, soul, and glamour" said Caroline Bajjou, Marketing Operations Manager of Swarovski.” Other sponsors included: CH Carolina Herrera, Tanagra, Fashion Veranda, Casa Prestige, Faces, Glam Rock, Yas Perfumes, Thailand Tourism, Q Home Decor, Premier Motors, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and Rawaj International.

To date, the L’Officiel Awards have recognised the achievement of over eighty Arab women, and in June a commemorative book detailing all of these winners will be published.

The full list of winners of the L’Officiel Middle East Arab Woman of the Year Awards, Abu Dhabi 2012 are:- Business: Moza Saeed AlOtaiba, Founder ‘&’ CEO AlOtaiba Inma’a Group Education: Mona Hammami Artist: Noor Al Suwaidi Entrepreneur: Asma Abdulla Abduljalil Al Fahim Poet: Ousha bint Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Suwaidi Fashion Designer: Shamsa Al Mazrouei Fashion Business: Fatima Al-Mazroui Ghobash, owner of S*uce boutique Young Designer: Noura Al Mehairi Medicine: Dr Maha Taysir Barakat Humanitarian: Azza Sulaiman Media: Nahla Al Fahad Most Stylish: Paula Al Askari Young Talent: Balqees Ahmed Fathi – singer L’Officiel Inspirational Woman of the Year: H.E. Sarah Ibrahim Shuhail WAM/MN


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