New categories introduced at the 6th edition of RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards

Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) has today announced the opening of its 6th annual Business Excellence Awards with four new exciting categories and a total of AED 220,000 worth of cash prizes to be presented to the most outstanding free zone and non-free zone businesses in Ras Al Khaimah.

For the 3rd consecutive year, RAKEZ organises the awards programme in collaboration with Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development (RAK DED). The new categories for 2019 are:

  • Best Educational Provider, for RAKEZ companies that help enhance the quality of education in Ras Al Khaimah;
  • Best Service Provider, for RAKEZ companies that provide consultancy, marketing, professional training etc;
  • Best Business Leader, for leaders of RAKEZ companies that embody and inspires excellence; and
  • Happiest Workplace Environment, for RAKEZ and RAK DED companies that offer an engaging workplace.

In addition to the abovementioned categories, RAKEZ clients are invited to apply for all the following categories, while RAK DED clients can participate on the first three: Best New Startup, Best Small Business, Best Contributor to Ras Al Khaimah Development, Fastest Growing Company and Best Industrial Company.

Commenting on the opening of the awards programme, Ramy Jallad, Group CEO of RAKEZ, said: “We’re on the 6th year of hosting the Business Excellence Awards, and we couldn’t be more excited. We expanded the awards programme this year to recognise free zone and non-free zone businesses in the fields of education and services – vital sectors that help drive Ras Al Khaimah’s economy – as well as inspiring business leaders and companies that offer an excellent work culture. Our aim is to make the awards programme more inclusive to encourage excellence in all aspects, and in all types and sizes of businesses. To all RAKEZ and RAK DED companies, I invite you to submit your entries and inspire us with the story of your journey.”

“We are glad to team up once again with RAKEZ to hail the best of the best throughout Ras Al Khaimah’s business community,” said Dr Abdulrahman Al Shayeb Al Naqbi, Director General of RAK DED. “RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards is a wonderful opportunity for our clients to showcase their achievements and be celebrated for their relentless drive for excellence. We are excited to see who the winners will be this year. Good luck to all on their entries!”

Similar to the previous editions, RAKEZ and RAK DED will be working with an independent judging panel from the International Performance Excellence (IPE) to select the winners.

To participate to the awards, entrants should complete one application form for each category they wish to apply for. Forms and more information to the awards programme are available on www.rakezawards.com. Closing date for entries is on 20 October 2019, and the winners will be revealed during a grand gala event on 23 January 2020.


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