Middle East EVENT Awards 2016: Shortlist revealed

    Shortlisted nominees for upcoming event industry awards announced
    The MEEA16 shortlist party at Zero Gravity, hashtag sign (pictured) provided by IBS Group.
    The MEEA16 shortlist party at Zero Gravity, hashtag sign (pictured) provided by IBS Group.

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    On March 23rd, a who’s who of the regional event industry gathered under one roof at Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai, to find out who has made the shortlist for one of the industry’s biggest annual highlights — the Middle East EVENT Awards.

    Recognising the companies and individuals leading the way in the events industry, the Middle East EVENT Awards ceremony will take place on May 25th at the Joharah Ballroom in Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah, and looks set to be a night to remember with comedienne Ruby Wax making a return as the evening’s host.

    The shortlist party - in partnership with ILEA - saw a mix of both old and new names announced in the running to take home an award.

    This year, the awards have been split into 22 categories, each designed to showcase the diversity and excellence of the events and suppliers operating in the Middle East event industry. The 2016 awards will also see a new category, which recognises the best use of event technology.

    Read on for the full list of shortlisted nominees, with the exception of two of the categories — Young Achiever and Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, which will be announced on the night.

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    Middle East EVENT Awards 2016 - The Shortlist

    Best Entertainment Production
    People - Summit on the Global Agenda - Gala Dinner
    Jumpzone Productions LLC & Yannis Michalandos - 2016 Qatar ExxonMobil Open
    HQ Creative - UAE 44th National Day Celebration
    Invent Creative and Event Solutions - Looney Tunes Summer Campaign
    Illusionist - Fountain of Life, Holographic Fashion Show
    Flash Entertainment - Robbie Williams
    Sport & Entertainment Solutions - Disney on Ice presents Princesses & Heroes
    Action Impact - Habtoor 45th Anniversary

    Best Meeting or Conference
    Action Impact - National Electronic Security Authority
    Showtech Electronics L.L.C - du 6th CEO Forum
    DMG events - The Vision Conference, Dubai 2015
    Avantgarde Brand Services - Dubai Inclusive Development Forum
    CPI Industry - The Climate Control Conference
    Salt & Pepper Events - Mindshare MENA 'Content Decoded Summit 2016'

    Best Event Lighting Design
    Protec - NAS 2015 Opening Ceremony
    Blink Experience - UAE Presidential Palace Lighting
    HQ Creative - UAE 44th National Day Celebration
    Lighthouse Productions - Islamic Art & Calligraphy Awards 'Burdah'
    Eclipse Staging Services - Corona Sunsets Music Festival
    Lighthouse Productions - Sports Excellence Awards 2015

    Best Sound Production
    Delta Sound - Dubai National Day 2016
    Eclipse Staging Services - Dubai Music Week 2015
    Delta Sound - 44th Abu Dhabi National Day Celebrations


    Best Events Venue

    The Fridge
    Qatar National Convention Centre
    Du Forum
    Yas Marina Circuit
    Zayed Sports City Sports Hub
    Du Arena

    Best Corporate Product/Service launch
    RedFilo Events - Courtyard by Marriott Abu Dhabi
    The Onlooker - Ferrari 488GTB Launch Event
    Custard Communications - Landmark International Spring/Summer 2015 Press Event
    Media Interactive Agency - Launch of Infiniti Q70
    Salt & Pepper Events - MINI Torque Days 2015
    Done Events - Meet d3

    Best Event on a Budget
    Interact - Dubai Dash
    Viola Communications - Etisalat Fitness Festival
    Salt & Pepper Events - Lincoln Dubai Jazz Festival Activation
    Blink Experience - Infiniti Xline Drive Experience
    Creative Events and Exhibitions - Urban Diva 2015 @ Khalidiyah Mall
    Salt & Pepper Events - Mindshare MENA 'Content Decoded Summit 2016'
    Plan b - Dubai Foundation for Women and Children – Speak up! Silence Covers Violence

    Best Temporary Venue/Structure
    Done Events for Meet d3 (Momo's Tent)
    Innovations Unlimited ME - Msheireb Museums Opening
    Whisper - Julius Baer - Dubai Polo Gold Cup
    Glow 'n Company W.L.L. - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel
    Flash Entertainment - Lagoon Beach, Abu Dhabi Corniche for Yasalam: Corniche 2015
    Harlequin - FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2015 AFC Qualifier
    Zeenah Events - Al Mouj Muscat Carnival

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    Best Exhibition - Trade or Consumer

    Alliance LLC - Middle East Film & Comic Con 2015
    DMG events - The Leisure Show Dubai 2015
    Turret Media - Eco Smart Home Show 2015
    DMG events - The Hotel Show Dubai 2015
    Informa Exhibitions - The BRIDE Show
    Alliance LLC - GAMES 15
    Informa Exhibitions - Cityscape Global 2015

    Best Event Design
    Yannis Michalandos & Jumpzone Productions - Condor IG, HH Sheikha Amthal Al Sabbah
    HQ Creative - UAE 44th National Day Celebration
    Al Harithy Group - Jeddah Book Fair
    RedFilo Events - Neorun - The Scariest Place To Glo
    Media Interactive Agency - Launch of Infiniti Q70
    Dynamic Motion - 4th FAI World Air Games (WAG) 2015 Opening Ceremony

    Best use of Event Technology
    Protec - Robotics
    Fractal Systems - 2015 - Kinetic Light Structure on Du booth
    Protec - WAG 2015 Opening Ceremony
    Neumann&Mueller Event Technology - National Day
    Info Salons Middle East & Turkey with InGo - ADIPEC 2015
    Mosaic Live Communications - Mystical Winter at The Walk JBR
    Neumann&Mueller Event Technology - Museum of the Future

    Best Music Event
    Done Events - One Direction Live in Dubai
    Flash Entertainment - Bon Jovi
    Done Events - Meet d3
    Flash Entertainment - Enrique Iglesias
    The Fridge Concert Series

    Best Special Event
    Eventserve By Dubai World Trade Centre - Happy Oasis
    Linkviva - Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience Gala Dinner
    People - WEF Summit on the Global Agenda, Gala Dinner
    Linkviva - DP Annual Gala Dinner & Brand Unveiling
    Atellier - TruckersDXB
    Blink Experience - Gorica 25th ANNIVERSARY
    HQ Creative - Sheikh Zayed Book Awards


    Best Festival

    Viola Communications - Moroccan Art and Culture Exhibition
    Chillout Productions - Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2016
    HQ Creative - Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival
    Midas Public Relations - Sharjah Children's Reading Festival
    People - Qasr Al Hosn Festival 2016
    RedFilo Events - The Etisalat Green Carnival
    The Fridge - ChoirFest Middle East

    Best Arts and Cultural Event
    Innovations Unlimited ME - Turkish Festival And Bazaar
    The Fridge - ChoirFest Middle East
    Action Impact - Qasr Al Muwaiji Public Opening Events
    People - Qasr Al Hosn Festival 2016
    HQ Creative - Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival
    Flash Entertainment - National Day

    Best Sporting Event
    Blink Experience - Red Bull Air Race 2015
    Yas Marina Circuit - 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
    Dynamic Motion - 4th FAI World Air Games (WAG) 2015
    Warrior Events - Desert Warrior Challenge
    Dubai Sports Council - Dubai Tour 2016
    Mamemo productions - Beach Polo Cup Dubai 2015

    Outstanding Brand Activation
    Linkviva - Nestle Nido Mother’s Day Event
    Done Events for Meet d3
    Jack Morton Worldwide - Porsche: #GTSUnleashed Roadshow
    Impact BBDO GO!XD - IMG Worlds Of Adventure, #spotthedino
    Viola Communications - BAS Mall Mission Mom
    Invent Creative and Event Solutions - Monopoly Anniversary Campaign 2015

    Employer of the Year
    DMG events Middle East - Asia & Africa
    Flash Entertainment
    Neumann&Mueller Event Technology
    Eclipse Group
    Messe Frankfurt Middle East
    Delta Sound LLC

    Supplier of the Year
    The Fridge
    Maestra
    Harlequin
    Info Salons Middle East & Turkey
    Hospitality by Dubai World Trade Centre
    Neumann&Mueller Event Technology
    IBS Group

    ILEA – Spirit of Excellence
    RedFilo Events
    Flash Entertainment
    IBS Group
    Eclipse Group

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