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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