1.What are the key dates for the Gulf Capital SME Awards 2017?

Entries open: March
Entries close: 6th June 2018
Judging -1st Stage: June 2018
Finalists announcement: June 2018
Judging -2nd Stage: July 8th- July 19th 2018
Awards gala dinner and ceremony - winners will be revealed on the night: Ritz Carlton DIFC, 26 September, 2018

2. Who can enter the Gulf Capital SME Awards?

Businesses with a valid trade license in the UAE and with a company turnover of less than 250m dhs and less than 250 employees.

3. Who can enter the Start-up Business of the Year?

Businesses which have been trading for less than 2 years and hold a valid trade license in the UAE, with a company turnover of less than 250m dhs and less than 250 employees. This is the only award which businesses younger than 2 years can enter.

4. Why enter?

  • Win more work by showcasing your innovative, high quality products and services
  • Promote your company name and image, boost your company morale, and gain recognition for your hard work.
  • Publicity through the associated Media Partners. The potential for positive media coverage in broadcast media, regional and trade titles and the partners' / sponsors' own publications and newsletters
  • Unrivalled business opportunity to network and form solid relationships with potential clients
  • Congratulate your teams on their success
  • Celebrate the SME sectors achievements in the country

5. How can I enter?

Please call Tahne on +971 (0) 4 818 0357 or email tahne.alisaje@meed.com to discuss your achievements and the entry process.

6. Who are the Judges of the Gulf Capital SME Awards?

View the Judges.

7. What is the Judging Process?

The Gulf Capital SME Awards encompasses a 2-stage entry process:
Step 1 -Complete your written entry
Step 2 -If successful, you will be asked to present face to face to our judging panel

8. How do I choose the best category for an entry?

Read the individual entry judging criteria and find the relevant category/ies for your business & contact us if you are not sure of the best fit.

9. May I enter more than one category?

Yes, there is no limit on the amount of categories you can enter

10. Is there a cost to enter?

No charge to enter the awards.