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Petrochem Presents GR8! Women Awards, 2011 Middle East

Petrochem Presents GR8! Women Awards, 2011 – Middle East
Year : 2011
Location : Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

-Vierendra Bhargav

India’s pioneering and prestigious ‘The GR8! Women Awards’ went global today by opening up its Middle East chapter at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. These Awards are an initiative of Anu Ranjan and Shashi Ranjan under the aegis of their world’s first and India’s foremost TV Magazine – GR8!

Today, these are the premier most honours for Women Achievers in India since the last 10 years. During this decade, they have conferred honours upon the biggest of them, like the living legend Asha Bhosle, the renowned philanthropist Nita Ambani, the classical dance virtuoso Yamini Krishnamoorthy besides dazzling personalities like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sushmita Sen etc.

Over the years, this endeavour have received unqualified support from all across, including Union Ministers, Corporate Houses and Artistes like Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Shabana Azmi etc.

Now, the Awards have touched of a global interface through a ceremony of rare razzle – dazzle in Dubai. The whole event was awash with celebrities of all hues including Bollywood Stars. Their presence endorsed the uniqueness and the import of the event.

Says Shashi Ranjan (Publisher, GR8!) ‘Threading a few Indian Awardees into the evening was of a paramount significance to us, because India bears a unique affinity to this region what with Bollywood Stars, films and Music holding such a great sway here. There is so much common between us and therefore this blend becomes not only most prudent, but also is the call of the hour!’

The GR8! Women Awards are also a platform for ‘beti’ a movement against Female Foeticide. Today another campaign against ‘Breast Cancer’ was also launched at the Ceremony. Elaborated Anu Ranjan (Editor, GR8!), ‘beti is our crusade against Female Foeticide’ and we have left no stone unturned in spreading awareness against it all across. This campaign against the scourge of Breast Cancer that we launched here, today, is our humble but determined effort to be of service to the society here!

Noble thoughts, dogged crusades, plush pageantry and above all a celebration of the glory of Womanhood in Dubai – the event had it all and more!


BUSINESS- -Ms. Afnan Rashid Al Zayani (President and Proprietor (Al Zayani Commercial Services S.P.C)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - -Ms. Wafa Tarnowska - Regional Manager - Corporate Social Responsibility (DLA Piper’s)

FASHION DESIGNING- -Ms. Aiisha Ramadan

SPECIAL MENTION - HR & MANAGEMENT - -Ms. Roma Andrews - Director – HR (Al Habtoor Motors LLC

PHILANTHROPY - -Ms. Sarah Hashwani - Chairperson (Hashoo Foundation)


INDIAN CINEMA – SOUTH - -Ms. Kushboo Sundar

MUSIC - INDIA- -Ms. Alka Yagnik

GR8! SCROLL OF HONOUR – BUSINESS- -Ms. Badria Al Mulla -President - International Emirates Business Group (IEBG)

JOURNALISM- -Ms. Lara Setrakian

LAW- -Ms. Jayshree Gupta

SOCIAL ACTIVISM- -Ms. Saher Shaikh -Founder and Director (Adopt a Camp)

MEDICINE & HEALTHCARE- -Dr. Houriya Kazim - Medical Director and 1st female Specialist Breast Surgeon (Well Woman Clinic)


DIRECTING- -Ms. Nayla Al Khaja

CINEMA - INDIA- -Ms. Preity Zinta