The who’s who of the Middle East‘s burgeoning social media scene gathered at Dubai‘s World Trade Center on Monday to celebrate and acknowledge their fellow influencers. Organized by the Dubai Press Club, the Arab Social Media Influencers Summit (ASMIS) brought with it a star-studded guest list that included the likes of beauty entrepreneurs Huda and Mona Kattan, Saudi TV personality Lojain Omran,Nadine Nassib Njeim, Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jasmi, and Lebanese television host Diala Makki, among many others.
Now in its third edition, the summit featured talks by high-profile social media personalities, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. Meanwhile, 31 figures and organizations received awards for the positive and influential roles they play on social media.
The awards were divided into two categories: one for individuals and another for organizations across the Middle East that have made a positive impact on the development and prosperity of their communities, and were presented by HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
Among the individuals recognized was HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan who was honored with the Influential Personality of the Year Award by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. “It was an honor to participate and to receive the Influential Personality of the Year Award,” shared Her Majesty after accepting the accolade. The Jordanian royal also took to the stage to deliver a stirring keynote address during the third annual summit, where she urged attendees to use platforms for the good of humanity.
Other honorees included Saudi Arabia‘s HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, the deputy of development and planning for the General Sports Authority, who was recognized for her positive impact and influence in the category of Sport; Meanwhile, Lebanese actress Nadine Nassib Njeim won the Culture and Arts Award, and Huda Kattan — AKA one of America’s richest self-made women — took home the accolade for Entrepreneurship.
When it came to the organizations, Kuwait-based online retailer Boutiqaat, which sells a number of different social media influencer’s beauty must-haves, was honored with the Entrepreneurship award. Other organizations recognized in the institutions category include Abu Dhabi‘s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, The Dubai Police, and Ministry of Tourism in Oman.
See the full list of the winners below.
Personality of the Year
HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah
Abdul Qader Mosahel, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi
Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud
Monther Al Mazki
Abdul Rahman Al Rashid
Culture and Arts
Nadine Nassib Njeim
Joe Al Hawa, CNBC Arabic presenter
Abdullah Al Sobaih
Ahmad Abdul Malek
Winners in Institutions category
Safety and Security
Supreme Council for Sports and Youth in Bahrain
Al Waleed Humanitarian Organization
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre
Ministry of Tourism in Oman
Emirates Policy Centre
Jordan Tourism Board
Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University
Culture and Arts
Children’s Cancer Hospital