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His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, announced in February 2015 that it was to be the ‘Year of Innovation’. Moved by this Forbes Middle East unveiled new rankings celebrating the Business Leaders Inspiring the U.A.E, which were celebrated in October at a glittering event in the sumptuous surroundings of Waldorf Astoria, Dubai Palm Jumeirah. The event shone a light on some of the most influential UAE nationals pioneering their own ventures and further cementing the nation’s global position as an incubator of innovation and inspirational ideas.



Agenda – October 19, 2015

7:00 pm  Networking reception

8:10 pm  Welcome remarks

Executive speech by Mr. Krishan Natarajan, Head of Sales, Forbes Middle East

Keynote speech by Mr. Mohammed Al Hammadi, Executive Director of the Editing & Publishing and Editor in Chief, Al Ittihad

Awards ceremony

Group photo of all awardees



Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah – The Palm Jumeirah

Dubai – United Arab Emirates

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