How to celebrate a decade of the Emirates Woman Woman Of The Year Awards? With a glittering guest list, stunning venue, dazzling dresses, and inspirational women…

With the Emirates Woman Woman Of The Year Awards 2014 celebrating 10 years of the incredible ceremony that recognises the inspirational women who are making an amazing difference in the region, we knew the evening was going to be stellar.

In association with Al Ghurair Centre and sponsors BCBGMAXAZRIA, Bric’s, Cruciani, BMW AGMC, Belle Femme, Careem, African and Eastern and The Address Montgomerie Dubai, the milestone event saw the UAE’s most fabulous and remarkable crowd mingle in honour of 22 incredible women who, with passion and determination, have made their dreams, and the dreams of those around them, a reality. 

There were tears, there was laughter, there were VVIPs and there was some serious fashion… 

The Emirates Woman team

The Emirates Woman team

The setting was a luxurious garden party in the gorgeous lawns at The Address Montgomerie, and the glamour began the moment the guests arrived and strutted down the long red carpet – where they happily posed in front of cameras (see gallery links below). Singer and pianist Luke Britton – the Middle East’s answer to Michael Bublé – set the mood with his smooth voice, while guests ate canapés, sipped bubbly and eagerly discussed the 20 incredible nominees, and the two honorary award winners (see below for who won what).

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Emirates Woman’s Group Editor Sophia Serin was once again the elegant host for the night warmly welcoming guests to take a seat at their dinner tables before inviting Motivate’s Group Editor and Managing Partner Ian Fairservice to present the first of the two honorary awards of the evening. First up was the Lifetime Achievement Award, which went to Jocelyn Henderson in honour of her many literary achievements (she was the original founder of The Daly Library). 

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jocelyn Henderson

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jocelyn Henderson

The second was the Woman Of The Decade (sponsored by Cruciani), which went to the 2012 winner of the Emirates Woman Woman Of The Year, Afra Al Basti, Director General of the Dubai Foundation For Women And Children. The DFWAC is the UAE’s first licensed non-profit shelter for women and child victims of domestic violence, abuse and human trafficking. An award well deserved. 

Woman Of The Decade Afra Al Basti

Her Highness Sheikha Madiya Al Maktoum was there to present the
Woman Of The Decade Award to Afra Al Basti on behalf of the award sponsor Cruciani

The four winners from the Emirates Woman Woman Of The Year Awards 2014 were announced (see below) in between a decadent three course meal, during which the crowd was entertained by soul singer Adam Baluch.

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With all the inspiring winners announced the atmosphere was one of sheer elation with everyone hotfooting to the main lawn for the after party, where more bubbles were sipped and extravagant dance moves attempted… Here’s to the next 10 years….


Artist Award (sponsored by Al Ghurair)

Winner: Nathalie Trad, Founder, Creative Director and CEO of Nathalie Trad

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Achievers Award (sponsored by BCBGMAXZRIA)

Winner: Maya Itani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Curve Middle East

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Humanitarian Award (sponsored by BMW AGMC)

Winner:  Her Excellency Dr Maryam Matar, Founder and Chairperson of the UAE Genetic Disease Association (UAEGDA)


Visionary Award (sponsored by Bric’s)

Winner: Helen Williams, Founder and Owner of LifeWorks

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The Overall Emirates Woman Woman Of The Year Award

Winner: Helen Williams, Founder and Owner of LifeWorks



Emirates Woman Woman Of The Year Awards 2014 Galleries:






  • Emirates Woman Magazine  November 2014 issue
  • 20 per cent discount voucher from Bric’s Milano
  • Gift voucher worth Dhs50 from Nayomi along with their Winter 2014 catalogue
  • Luxury Closet US$50 gift voucher
  • Dhs500 gift voucher from Hueb
  • 15 per cent discount voucher and fan from
  • 20 per cent discount VIP card from Tempur
  • Dhs50 voucher for Morgan De Toi and pen
  • 50 per cent discount voucher at Saray Spa Mariott Hotel Al Jaddaf Dubai
  • Dermalogica skincare travel pouch
  • Luxury interior fragrance from Dr Vranjes
  • Aldo pendant and earring set and bracelet
  • Let’s eat cake iPhone cover from S*uce
  • Beauty pouch from Inglot
  • Calvin Klein pouch
  • Love bracelets from Cruciani
  • 100 percent pure Arabica Coffee from Coffee Planet
  • Maximum Growth Nail Care, and Miracle Serum from Sally Hansen
  • Natural coconut water from Vita Coco
  • Beauty pouch, beauty product samples and discount vouchers from Belle Femme
  • Japanese cheery blossom from Bath & Body Works
  • Cocoa butter from Palmer’s
  • Repair hand cream, SPF100 sun protection and cleansing liquid from Bioderma
  • OPI nail polish
  • Wonder’full mascara from Rimmel
  • Travel pouch from J W Mariott
  • Keychains from Charles&Keith
  • Sunglasses from Aldo
  •  Al Ghurair Centre Magazine
  • 25 per cent discount voucher from 800flower
  • Lolita Lempicka elle l’aime fragrance sample
  • Dhs200 credit at West LA
  • BCBG stunning cuff, Invitation to BCBG Retro Day, 20 per cent discount
  • BMW 40 per cent discount off lifestyle products

Images: Farooq Salik, Ajith Narendra