The 2018 Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards have been held in Dubai, celebrating and rewarding the businesses and organisations striving to make a difference in the Middle East and beyond.

The event, hosted by Awards International at the iconic Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, saw entrants compete for success in over 20 exciting categories, including Innovation in Sustainable Technologies, Water Treatment and Management, and Best Community Development.

The awards, which were partnered by Dubai Carbon, Green Emirates, and Modul University Dubai among others, underpin the UAE’s commitment to sustainability at a time of rapid global change.

A judging panel comprising over 30 professionals working at the heart of sustainability and CSR oversaw presentations detailing best practise, before scoring and deciding the winners in each category.

Taking home the Overall Winner title was the UAE’s leading waste management company Bee’ah, after they emerged as victors in three categories: Green Building, Waste Management, and Environmental Sustainability Programmes.

Other big winners on the day included Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, which claimed the Cause-Related Marketing Campaign and Government Sustainability Initiative awards, and the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, which won the Sustainability Awareness Programme and Government CSR Initiative titles.

Speaking afterwards, Awards International UAE Managing Director Mark Hamill said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to welcome the leading companies in Sustainability and CSR from across the GCC and beyond.
Some of the projects and initiatives submitted were absolutely world class, highlighting the fantastic work these companies are doing. Congratulations to all of those who took part, we are looking forward to next year’s competition already.”

Overall Winner – Bee’ah


Clean Technology – Farabi Petrochemicals Company

Environmental Sustainability Programmes – Bee’ah

Innovation in Sustainable Technologies – Imdaad LLC

Waste Management – Bee’ah

Water Treatment and Management – Advanta Seeds DMCC

Green Building – Bee’ah

Best Sustainability Education Programme – Platinum Heritage

Sustainability Awareness Programme – Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation

Sustainable Business Models – Al Naboodah Group Enterprises

Government Sustainability Initiative – Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Sustainability Professional – Engi Jaber -Dewan Architects and Engineers

Best Community Development – Nahdi Medical – Diabetes Initiative

Learning and Education Programmes – The Talent Enterprise

Best Workplace and HR Practices – Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC)

Employee Volunteering Programme – SEDCO Holding Group

Cause-Related Marketing Campaign – Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Employee Engagement or Behaviour Change – DP World

People of Determination – Du

Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) – Al Noor Centre

Government CSR Initiative – Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation

Social Enterprise – Marmalade Fish

CSR Professional of the Year – Iftikhar Hamdani-Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman

CSR Team of the Year – Emirates NBD