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A night of celebrations sees Stephen Lakin from Protec win ultimate accolade at MESE 2019

Annual awards celebrate region’s successful and vibrant events industry

Stephen Lakin from Protec was crowned ‘Industry Icon of the Year’ at last night’s prestigious Middle East Special Event and Exhibition (MESE) Awards 2019. An industry pioneer with more than four decades of experience, Stephen’s enduring passion and attention to detail was praised at the annual event, which received a record 400 nominations for just 22 award categories.

Now in its 11th year, the awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of those within the industry, providing the perfect climax to two-days of topical debate and discussion at Madinat Jumeirah (8-9 April) on the key issues and opportunities facing the region’s events sector.

Other winners on the night, included:

Young Achiever of the Year – Annabelle Mandar, Dubai World Trade Centre
Best Event on a Budget – du Arena (Abu Dhabi Pet Festival 2018)
Best Employer of the Year – Delta Sound
Best Sporting Event – HQ Worldwide Shows (Gov Games 2018)
Best Venue – La Perle by Dragone (Al Habtoor Theatre)
Best Trade Exhibition – Clarion Events (EDEX)
Best Event Space Design and Décor – DXB Live (Cyberquest)

With an audience of more than 800 on the night, the ceremony is a firm fixture in the industry’s calendar and provides the ideal forum to showcase industry excellence.

Alan Kelly, Commercial and Strategy Director at Informa Middle East, which runs the annual MESE event, says: “Every year at MESE we’re delighted to attract outstanding levels of participation and engagement from our speakers, exhibitors and visitors, but the buzz this year was exceptional. There was particular interest and excitement as we learnt more about how Expo 2020 preparations are unfolding, and for those of us based in the UAE it really made us feel lucky to be able to operate in such a forward-thinking, innovative and thriving events destination.”

Harmeek Singh, Owner of Plan B, and winner of last year’s Industry Icon Award, adds: “MESE as a platform has excelled in bringing the fraternity together, with knowledge transfer as a key binding factor. The Awards has drawn a lot of interest this year and is a fantastic way to both showcase and acknowledge breakthroughs and creativity. It’s also a great way of setting the tone for the best to become better and more refined year-on-year. It was an absolute honour to present the Industry Icon Award to Stephen Lakin – one of the most senior professionals who has inspired many and continues to raise the bar.”

MESE 2019 covered a range of topics, including latest technology trends, the future of ILEA Middle East, how to create a world-class show, mastering events on a budget and how to develop live entertainment to appeal to the UAE’s diverse culture. It also hosted speakers from some of the region’s leading businesses and organisations, including Dubai World Trade Centre, EXPO2020, Futurous and ILEA Middle East.

Dan Bolton, Director & Owner, Dan Bolton Events DMCC, adds: “Every year MESE and its Awards continue to grow and evolve, which is evidence of the ever-changing and dynamic regional events industry. Both play a huge role in highlighting the incredible businesses and individuals that contribute to this growth and bring the industry together to celebrate achievements, continued success and our collective efforts to set the benchmark for global event delivery.”


For more information on Award Winners, please visit me-eventshow.com. For more press information, please contact Thompson.tracey04@gmail.com

Here are the additional 2019 Award Winners:

Best Consumer Exhibition – Informa Exhibitions (Middle East Games Con)
Best Association/Corporate Meeting – People (Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations)
Best Philanthropical Event – Done Events (Designs of Hope – Brides of Hope)
Best Social Event – Studio Neelabh Luxury Weddings and Entertainment (Ayush and Vishakha’s Wedding-Studio Neelabh)
Best Music Event – Corona Sunsets Festival (Urban Events)
Best Arts and Culture Event – Flash Entertainment (Mother of The Nation Festival)
Outstanding Brand Activation Event – Linkviva (Dubai Festival City – Pirates of the Bay)
Best Event Marketing Campaign of the Year – dmg (Index)
Best Temporary Venue or Structure – Losberger De Boer Middle East (Formula E Riyadh Project)
Best Entertainment Production – Invent Creative and Event Solutions (The Warner Brothers Live Shows–Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi)
Best Use of New Technology at an Event – mamemo (Holographic Map at the CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal Inauguration)
Best Technical Support – DXB Live (ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018)
Best Stand Design and Build Supplier of the Year – GES (Tetra Pak Gulfood Manufacturing 2018) and OP3 Global (Ajman e-Government GITEX 2018)
Best Supplier of the Year – Stories by Zinaida