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Emirati artist wins first prize in business at women's awards.

Dubai Azza Al Qubaisi, founder and CEO of the Arabian Workshop for Jewellery and Gems in Abu Dhabi won the first prize for the business category at the Emirates Women's Award (EWA) ceremony held last night.

Azza, an Emirati jewellery and sculpture artist, has been building her own brand of custom-made jewellery and corporate gift items for seven years.

The event organised by the Dubai Quality Group (DQG) was held under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group and Honorary Patron of DQG.

Presidents of businesswomen's councils in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman were also present.

In its eight years, EWA has awarded businesswomen for their success and excellence in various fields.

"The awards ceremony was founded to support and encourage businesswomen and professionals to achieve excellence, innovation and creativity in various fields in order to enhance their positions at all levels," said Saleh Janeeh, chairman of the Dubai Quality Group.

Azza Sulaiman, director of the housing department at the Ministry of Public Works, won first prize in the professional category.

Other winners included Hala Badri, executive vice-president of brand and communications at du, and Roopa Sharma, manager of sourcing and qualification at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority who were named for the Patron's Roll of Honour.

"We are confident that women in such a great country are fully capable of making their mark in the fields of finance and business, and hold the highest positions in all areas, because we are totally convinced that they are able to develop and build the community," said Saleh.

As well as highlighting and recognising women in the business world, the awards also help promote individual businesses.

"The award recognises their personal success but also puts ladies on the map in terms of role models and letting other people know that they are there and available and what they can achieve. It also benefits their business," Judith Barton, managing director of The Development Partnership and chief assessor at the awards, told Gulf News. The award is open to all businesswomen and professionals residing in the UAE and while the applicants demonstrate a wide variety and experience, Barton feels that expat women are often under-represented.

"We always have a range of candidates, and ladies who come through have a strong track record and a strong calibre. Emirati ladies are coming up through their strength, and success has been overwhelming, and since 2003 however, in terms of the expat ladies I think there are a lot of good stories out there that are not coming forward. We hope that in our next award more expat women will come forward," said Barton.

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Presentation ceremony

Shaikh Ahmad and Saleh Janeeh with the winners of the Emirates Women's Award. The businesswomen and professionals were honoured for their achievements in their respective fields at the national level.

Roll of honour

Dr Hibah Shata, co-founder and managing director at Child Early Intervention Medical Centre won the leadership award.

Aisha Al Beloushi, acting executive director and group director of business excellene at Dubai Properties won the strategic and financial planning award.

Huda Al Matroushi, vice-president of general services division at Gasco won the career achievements award.

Azza Al Qubaisi, founder and CEO of the Arabian Workshop for Jewellery and Gems won the community contribution award.

Amal Al Suwaidi, vice-president of customer relations at Dewa won the innovation award.

We are confident that women in such a great country are fully capable of making their mark in the fields of finance and business, and hold the highest positions in all areas."

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