Globally, award shows have become one of the most highly awaited moments of the year with thousands of categories, nominations and winners being broadcast on every media avenue. It has become a key platform to bring together industries for an evening of glitz, glamour and to highlight top talent for their work, and unwavering passion for their craft.

Hosted at the heart of Dubai, the Hozpitality Excellence Awards was no exception. It was a stellar night that was conceptualized to recognize mega industry organizations that showed skill, creativity, ingenuity and success in the Middle East & North Africa’s growing hospitality sector. The evening, however, was not just dedicated to commemorating established talent but also provided a key platform for newcomers to shine amidst their veteran peers. The entertainment organized also featured aspiring singers and illusionists that had the opportunity to showcase their expertise to the creme de la creme of the industry.



Months of meticulous planning and over 57,000 votes for numerous category nominations were cast, and after a tedious process of judging, 84 winners were awarded over the course of the spectacular evening. Hospitality staff at all levels of the organization were honoured and winners included General Managers and Directors but also the behind-the-scene staff that equally contribute to the success including housekeeping, secretarial, wait and technical staff. This provided them with a tremendous morale boost as their contribution was equally highlighted and celebrated throughout the night.



Held at the Dusit Thani, the venue provided the ideal backdrop to the star studded event, which was graced with the presence of celebrity chefs Sanjeev Kapoor and Gary Rhodes. They were invited on stage to bestow awards to several promising chefs that were acknowledged for breaking boundaries in Dubai’s culinary scene. It was a great experience to be seated next to Sanjeev Kapoor and to learn of the incredible passion that goes behind creating some of the most iconic dishes. His enthusiasm and zest for life is inspiring and and is truly reflected in his work, which the world over has come to love.

Naturally, the papparazi flocked to capture many of these moments in all its glory and below are some exclusive shots from the exciting night.









Empowering professionals has always inspired excellence, bolstered aspirations and fostered global innovation. The winners of the night have set the bar incredibly high, and we look forward to seeing more of the hospitality industry being awarded and hope they continue to exceed expectations. The Hozpitality Excellence Awards have definitely set itself a class apart and next year promises to be just as dazzling.

Until we rendezvous again,

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