The newly-opened Westin Dubai was the venue for the third annual Emirates Woman Woman Of The Year Awards. Guests mingled in the knowledge that they’d come together to not only recognise, but also be inspired by, the enormous efforts being made by the women seated in the ballroom. Nominees included businesswoman extraordinaire Ingie Chalhoub, artist Nadine Kanso and philanthropist Rebecca Corley.
MAISA AL QASSIMI – Emirates Woman of the year 2008
The famed UAE mixed-media artist, photographer and charity-worker, believes in giving something back to the community, working with Dubai International Arts Center to protect the Dubai artists’ haven.
NADINE KANSO – Culture Winner 2008
Lebanese-born Nadine is a celebrated jewellery designer, renowned for her pieces which include 18-carat gold Arabic letters, crystals and semi-precious stones in the form of rings, necklaces and bracelets.
INGIE CHALHOUB – Business Winner 2008
After 20 years in the fashion industry, starting in the Middle East’s first Chanel Boutique, Ingie is now CEO and MD of Etoile Group, an operation with over 35 high-end fashion boutiques in the region.
SHAHI HAMAD – Lifestyle Winner 2008
Ever the passionate retail entrepreneur Shahi has opened four stores in the UAE, including lifestyle concept store Five Green, Paul Frank, Heaven’s Playground and 50°C gift store.
KHADIJA WARSAMA – Charity Winner 2008
With a background in environmental science, and a passionate commitment to helping others, Khadija started working for Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE in 2003, and was quickly elected to Executive Director in 2006.
JILLIAN BURNS – Sports 2008
The British-born athlete, Jillian Burns, proves you can do anything your heart desires, by striving towards ultimate fitness and taking part in regional triathlons, road races, and international Ironman triathlon competitions.