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The 2013 judging panel of the ITP Arab Woman Awards Qatar met today Monday 9 September 2013 at the W Doha Hotel and Residences for a pre-event luncheon to discuss this year’s Arab Woman Awards Qatar nominations.

Launched in 2009, the Arab Woman Awards recognise and reward inspirational Arab women who have made a positive impact on society in areas including business, the arts, charity and fashion. The founder of the Arab Woman Awards, Sue Holt, said:

To date, we have successfully awarded over 130 Arab women from different walks of life for their achievements in areas such as charity, business, medicine and the arts. It runs annually in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and now in Saudi Arabia, for the first time, next year.’

ITP Arab Woman Awards 2013 will be the second consecutive year ITP consumer has taken this prestigious award to Doha, Qatar. ITP follows a set of strict criteria to ensure that winners of this award are nominated objectively, based on their accomplishments over the last 12 months and their contribution to Qatar.

The judging panel is made up of six inspirational women drawn from the worlds of commerce, medicine, the arts and journalism, including Bothaina Al Ansari, Senior Director of Human Resources at Ooredoo, who said:

The Arab Women Awards are vital in inspiring younger generations of Arab women to strive for success in their chosen field.’

Other 2013 judges include Dr Nawal Sheikh, Director Communications for The Securities and Exchange Commission and Mashael M Al Ansari, Marketing and Communication Director for The Anti-Doping Laboratory Qatar as well as Amal Al Aathem, one of Qatar’s leading artists. Al Aathem expressed her delight about being part of the carefully chosen judging panel saying:

It is fantastic to be involved in the Arab Woman Awards Qatar and to help ensure that these inspirational women get the recognition they deserve.’

Another judge, Aisha Al Bedded, Creative Director of Darz Designs, said:

I look forward to working with my fellow judges, who are all inspirational women in their own right, and celebrating the achievements of other inspirational women from across the region.’

Nadine El Chaer, Editor in Chief, ITP Publishing, who was a member of the judge’s board at last year’s event said:

It is my absolute honour to be a member of this esteemed Judges Board for the second consecutive year. I was delighted to witness last year’s awards in Qatar and see how much Qatari Women have done to inspire other Arab women around the world with their ingenuity and aspirations to achieve their goals. I wish all the nominees this year the best of luck.’

Fourteen women will be awarded at the ITP Arab Woman Awards under the following categories (with around six nominations per category):

  1. Businesswoman
  2. Education
  3. Art
  4. Entrepreneur
  5. Literature
  6. Sport
  7. Fashion Designer
  8. Young Designer
  9. Medical
  10. Humanitarian
  11. Media
  12. Young Talent
  13. Inspirational Arab Woman of the Year
  14. Lifetime Achievement

ITP Consumer, the region’s largest publisher of women’s magazines, will hold the Arab Woman Awards in Qatar on the 21 October 2013 at the W Doha Hotel and Residence, which will be hosted by Al Jazeera Channel’s News Presenter, Fairouz Ziani. The Arab Woman Awards are presented at a prestigious gala lunchtime ceremony attended by 300 guests consisting of winners, their families and friends, VIP members of society and leading family members.

Notable past winners include Aisha Hussein Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman, Qatari Businesswomen Association; Ilham Yousef Al Qaradawi, professor of Physics, Qatar University; Vanity Room owners Aisha Al Mesned, Alia Al Attiya and Al Banderi Al Attiya; Abu Dhabi Businesswomen HE Huda Al Matroushi and HE Fatima Al Jaber as well as HH Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.