Rivoli Sponsors Emirates Woman Awards

The roundup of the glittering Emirates Woman 'Woman Of The Year Awards 2015'.

Reaching its eleventh year in true style, the Emirates Woman Woman of the Year Awards 2015 was as glittering an evening as ever, full of the chicest, most inspirational women (and men!) living and working in the region today.

The event hosted in association with Rivoli Group at The Address Montgomerie Dubai celebrated the achievements of some of the most admirable women in the UAE. A beautiful crowd turned out to honour the 25 nominees, each making a marked difference to the UAE and beyond – in the realms of art, business, philanthropy and more.

The master of ceremonies, BBC-trained journalist Shahnaz Pakravan, opened the evening on stage by narrating the touching story of how her mother, Mariam Behnam, won the Emirates Woman Woman of the Year Award in 2010 for her humanitarian and activist work. This was followed by a speech by Group Editor Sophia Serin thanking the women for their courage, tenacity, vision – and the incredible mark they’ve made so far in making their dreams a reality.

First up was the Artists Award (sponsored by Rivoli Group), which went to children’s author Rachel Hamilton. Vikram Chopra, Brand Director, Rivoli Group presented the award to Rachel along with an exquisite Longines Dolce Vita watch. Next was the Achievers Award, won by Her Excellency Shaima Al Zarooni, CEO of International Humanitarian City, for her work supporting international aid agencies in their help of humanitarian crises in the region. A new category , the Young Achievers Award was designed to honour the most promising under-25 year old women, already on the road to success and the inaugural winner was Environmentalist Simran Vedvyas.

The next category winners were announced in between a delicious three-course meal. The special evening was wrapped up with The Overall Emirates Woman Woman Of The Year Award which was presented to Her Excellency Shaima Al Zarooni, CEO, International Humanitarian City.