Winners of the Arab Woman Awards Qatar Revealed at Prestigious Ceremony in Doha

ITP hosts glamorous event to recognise top achievers across business, the arts, fashion and community development
ByDawn GibsonTuesday , 22 October 2013
Inspirational Woman of the Year Huda Al Ansari
Inspirational Woman of the Year Huda Al Ansari
Media Award Winner Elham Bader
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Media Award Winner Elham Bader

Fourteen of Qatar’s most successful women were recognised for their achievements at the Arab Woman Awards Qatar 2013, announced during a gala luncheon at the W Doha Hotel on 21 October.

Hosted by ITP Consumer, the region’s largest publisher of women’s magazines, the awards celebrated the contributions of Arab women in Qatar across a diverse range of fields, including entrepreneurship, medicine, charity, the arts and fashion. Among the winners were the first and only female cardiologist in Qatar, Dr Reema Yousef Hussain Kamal, designer and stylist Waad Ali, who founded Waad Designs, and Olympian Aya Magdy.

Huda Al Ansari was awarded Inspirational Woman of the Year for her work as the founder and developer of the Al Mashata Beauty Center, the first cosmetic centre in Doha and now the biggest beauty spa in the country.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Amal Al Mannai, a passionate advocate for women’s and children’s rights and the Executive Director of Qatar’s Social Development Center. Al Mannai credited determination and strong self belief as the spur for her achievements. “I believe in myself and what I am doing, and I believe in the development of my community,” she said.

The awards, in their second year, were introduced by ITP Deputy Managing Director Sue Holt and Nadine El Chaer, Group Editor of Ahlan! Arabia, and presented by Hasna Bergui. El Chaer was also among the group of six high profile judges who spent two months researching and evaluating the candidates to make the tough decisions about who would eventually win.

The awards received a high level of support from Qatar’s corporate community. Supporters included the Qatari Businesswomen Association, hotel partner W Doha, jewellery retailer Maximilian London, women’s fashion brand Uterque, ASDAA and Arabic lifestyle magazine Sayidaty.

The winners’ list also included Natra Said Abdullah (business), Hessa Abdullah (education), Mouday Al Hajrey (art), Fatima Al Hudaifi (entrepreneurship), Wedad Al Kuwari (literature), Ghada Al Subaei (young designer), Fatima Al Ali (humanitarian), Elham Bader (media) and Sarah Al Shamlan (young talent).