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.


medium_maisa_2008MAISA 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.

medium_nadine_2008NADINE 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.

medium_ingie_2008-copyINGIE 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.

medium_Shamididad_2008SHAHI 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.

medium_khadidijia_2008KHADIJA 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.

medium_jillian_2008JILLIAN 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.