Dubai Metro chief wins Man of the Year award


By Anil  Bhoyrul

Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) chairman Mattar Al Tayer has scooped the prestigious Man of the Year award at Monday night’s CEO Middle East Awards.

AWARD WINNER: The RTA's chairman Mattar Al Tayer with his award. (ITP Images)
AWARD WINNER: The RTA's chairman Mattar Al Tayer with his award. (ITP Images)

Al Tayer received the award in recognition of his completing the Dubai Metro project earlier this month, after what the judges described as a “fabulous achievement that has required incredible leadership”.

Al Tayer was one of 14 business leaders honoured at the ceremony, held at Dubai’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Meanwhile, the vice president of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, Leila El Solh, was honoured for her outstanding work with the “Businesswoman of the Year” Award. The judges described her work as being of “global significance”.

The event featured a keynote address from Arabtec boss Riad Kamal, who also received a special Lifetime Achievement Award.


Financial Services: Rajeev Kakar, Dunia Finance

CSR: Qtel

Banking: Mohammed Al-Omar, Kuwait Finance House

Entrepreneurship: Khaled Rashed, CORECAP

Construction: Laurie Voyer, Al Habtoor Leighton Group

Hospitality: Marc Dardenne, Emaar Hospitality

Aviation: Ghaith Al Ghaith, FlyDubai

International Achievement: Khaldoun Tabari, Drake & Scull

Property: His Highness Sheikh Hasher Maktoum al Maktoum, Al Fajer Properties

Visionary of the Year: Sami Al Muffleh

Young CEO: Badr Jafr

Businesswoman: Leila El Solh

Man of the Year: Mattar Al Tayer

Lifetime Achievement: Riad Kamal