8 - 9 April 2019

Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
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Middle East Special Event and Exhibition Show is proud to announce the shortlist for its 2018 Awards. The Awards, Powered By The Special Event, will run on April 23 in Dubai. Click on the category for more information.

Be sure to book your table today for the exciting Awards Ceremony and fabulous After Party before we sell out. Join the industry's best for this one night only celebration - don't miss it!

(Note: Details for various categories are subject to change.)


Best Trade Exhibition Under 10,000sqm Gross

Al Jawaher Reception & Convention CentreSharjah Bridal Fair
Dmg eventsThe Leisure Show Dubai 2017
Dmg events, Gulf Glass
Dmg eventsHVACR Expo Saudi

Best Trade Exhibition Over 10,000sqm Gross

 Clarion Events Ltd Middle East BranchBahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference - BIDEC
 Dmg eventsThe Hotel Show Dubai 2017
 Done Events, SOLE DXB
 Messe Frankfurt Middle East GmbH, Beautyworld Middle East

Best Consumer Exhibition Under 10,000sqm Gross

 Done Events, VIDXB
 Informa ExhibitionsNAJAH Abu Dhabi
 Informa ExhibitionsGames Con
 Jack Morton WorldwideCountdown to Zero: Defeating Disease
 Viola CommunicationsMinistry of Presidential Affairs - Morocco in Abu Dhabi 

Best Consumer Exhibition 10,000sqm Gross and Over.

 DWTC, Dubai International Motor Show 
 Events ME,  Gulf Car Festival
 HBG Events, Dubai Muscle Show
 Turret Media, Taste of Dubai
 Viola Communications,  ADEK - Innovator 2018 and Abu Dhabi Science Festival

Best Live Event (formerly known as Best Special Event)

 Arts Outdoor Lighting Technology Middle East, The Biggest Show in the World
 Mosaic Live, Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival
 People, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Ceremonies
 RedFilo Events, The Festival @ Masdar City
 Ruggieri (Seagull Fireworks LLC), Astana Expo 2017 Opening and Closing ceremony

Best Sporting Event

 Auditoire for 23rd Gulf Cup, Auditoire
 Beyond Black Brand Activation & Events, Pro Kerala League
 Flash Entertainment FZLLCFIFA CWC 2017
 MamemoBeach Polo Cup Dubai 2017 
 Yas Marina CircuitFormula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 

Best Music Event

 Done EventsVirgin Radio RedFestDXB
 Dubai OperaBBC Proms Dubai
 FLASH Entertainment FZLLCYasalam After Race Concert--P!NK
 Urban EventsCorona Sunsets Festival
 Urban EventsSmirnoff Sound Collective

Best Arts and Culture Event

 Action ImpactChinese New Year 2018
 Done Events46th UAE National Day Celebrations YOUNITED – Ras Al Khaimah
 Emirates Airline Festival of LiteratureEmirates Airline Festival of Literature
 MamemoMother of the Nation Women Empowerment Pavilion 
 Truckers on behalf of RAK Tourism Development AgencyHappiness Festival 

Best Video Content Production

 Arts Outdoor Lighting Technology Middle East, Burj Khalifa Presentation
 The Onlooker DWC, HKSA National Day Celebration 2017, Riyadh 
 Xclusive Yachts, Yacht Showcase

Best Event on a Budget

 Edelman, Channel Zero: No-End House Launch
 Plan b, India and Pakistan's Independence Day
 Radical Rising, Third International Yoga Day

Best Supplier of the Year

 Delta Sound
 Eclipse Staging Services
 Giochi di Luce
 Neumann&Müller Event Technology

Best Employer of the Year

 Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC)
 Delta Sound
 Electra Events & Exhibitions
 Maestra Group
 Neumann&Müller Event Technology

Best Entertainment Production

 Dubai Opera, Mary Poppins
 Global Event Management, Galactica
 LHP & Al Khawar Productions, Abu Dhabi Police 60th Anniversary
 Mamemo, Beach Polo Cup Dubai 2017 Half-Time Shows
 Scarlett Entertainment, LED Water Jetpacks Fly The Flag For UAE National Day in Dubai

Best Use of Technology: Service/Software

 Eventtus, Step Conference 2017
 Plan b, A Hand for the Nation--WAFI Mall
 Takeleap, Daqri Industrial Use of Augmented Reality
 Takeleap, Virtual Reality Store 
 Visit & Poken by GES,  Ibtm arabia 2017 

Best Use of Technology:


 Eventagrate, Cartier Interactivity LED Tunnel and LED wall
 Mamemo, Miyah: World of Water Pavilion
 Protec, Protec Robotics
 Takeleap, Virtual Reality Pop-up Stores
 Tridentech General Trading, Portafloor MAX Portable Access Flooring

Best Venue

 Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)
 Dubai Opera
 Du Arena
 The Regal Ballroom at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
 Yas Marina Circuit

Outstanding Brand Activation Event

 Flash Entertainment FZLLC, FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 Experiential & Community Outreach Campaign
 LINKVIVA, UBER at Comic Con 2017 (MEFCC 2017) 
 Rush-A-Way, Rush-A-Way Mercedes Benz Challenge
 Urban Events,  #GFExperiments with Art
 Viola Communications, MERAAS - The Beach Season Kick Off 2017

Best Temporary Venue or Structure

 Done Events, SOLE DXB
 Harlequin Arena Group, RAK Zipline Welcome Centre
 Mamemo, Mother of the Nation Women Empowerment Pavilion
 People, WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Ceremonies
 Plan b, Dubai Design Week

Young Achiever of the Year

 Sophie Celikoz, Dance It Out Dubai
 Kirsten Bailey, Flash Entertainment FZLLC
 Roxanne Myburgh, Electra 
 Edwin Cheeran, SLS
 Youssef Kamal

Best Event Marketing Campaign of the Year

 African + Eastern, Hendrick's #DXB Cucumber Day
 Dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, HVACR Expo Saudi
 Flash Entertainment FZLLC, FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 Experiential & Community Outreach Campaign
 Urban Events, Corona Floating Bar
 Viola Communications, ADEK - Innovator 2018 / launch of UAE innovation Month (Innovator UAE and Abu Dhabi Science Festival)

Stand Design and Build Supplier of the Year

 Action Impact, Meydan at CityScape Global 2017
 Mamemo, Mother of the Nation Women Empowerment Pavilion
 Mamemo, CLIX Pavilion
 Plan b, Moscow Zoo
 Platinum by DG Events,  Dubai Watch Week 

Best Meeting/Conference

 GES Middle East, Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit
 LINKVIVA, UAE Innovation Month Closing Ceremony
 Whisper International, Jotun Milano at Milan Design Week
 Y Solutions at Yas Conference Centre and Abu Dhabi Executive Office , Life in Abu Dhabi
 Y-Solutions at Yas Conference Centre, Blend Abu Dhabi 

Best Light And Sound Production

 Eclipse Group, Amway Gala Dinner  
 Jack Morton Worldwide, Louvre Abu Dhabi Opening  
 LHP & Al Khawar Productions, Abu Dhabi Police 60th Anniversary  
 Protec, Unite with Tomorrowland Electronic Music Festival  
 Showtech Electronics, Global Education Skills and Forum  

Spirit of Excellence Award, Powered by ILEA

 Eclipse Group
 Harlequin Arena Group

We will be announcing the winner of the Industry Icon Award during the Awards Ceremony.


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