RAKEZ Business Excellence Award Winners 2017




With several articles on our website and with our monthly newsletter, we encouraged you to take part in the RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards 2017. Now, the winners have been announced and we hope you are one of them.

With the mission of inspiring excellence to a community of more than 13,000 business, RAKEZ awarded the best free zone companies and the best non-free zone companies (RAK DED) that played a key role in the economic development of Ras Al Khaimah. The RAKEZ Business Excellent Award Winners 2017 have been announced at an award ceremony held at Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Al Marjan Island, on 25 January 2018. The winners are as follows: 

Best New Startup

This category aims companies that have been trading for less than one year. The judges will look for innovative business ideas or a clear point of differentiation.

Best New Startup Winner: Evolution Fashion, a creator of high-quality custom and ready-to-wear outerwear and leather accessories

Best New Startup Winner: (RAK DED): Communitea, a tea specialty and bakery that promotes the social lifestyle of the residents of Ras Al Khaimah

Best Small Business

This category aims at small companies that have been in the market for a few years and striving to build their own database of clients and increase their level of engagement.

Best Small Business Winner: Euro Pack Industries, a producer of premium packaging materials to various institutions and industries 

Best Small Business Winner (RAK DED): Thunder Road, a full-service, family-friendly Italian restaurant with an American twist

Best New Technology

This category seeks to highlight organizations that have identified new technology products or services and successfully brought them to the market.

Best New Technology Winner: Shores 3D Printing Industries, a manufacturer of A+ quality grades of different types of 3D printing filaments 

Fastest-Growing Company

This category is for organizations that show outstanding business and employee growth within the span of two to three years from starting their business.

Fastest-Growing Company Winner (Small/Medium): Fit On Click, an end-to-end solution provider for health enthusiasts

Fastest-Growing Company Winner (Medium/Large): Streit Group, one of the world’s leading, privately-owned armored vehicles manufacturer

Best Industrial Company

This category awards industrial companies with activities, products and services that meet the clients’ needs and deliver a significant value to the community.

Best Industrial Company Winner (Small/Medium): U-PAK, a leading manufacturer of foam and rigid plastic disposable products in the region

Best Industrial Company Winner (Medium/Large): Mabani Steel, a provider of complete steel construction solution

Best Contributor to RAK Development

This category recognizes the organization that has made the most significant contribution to RAK’s economic and social development.

Best Contributor to RAK Development Winner: Double E, an events design and management company

Best Contributor to RAK Development Winer (RAK DED): RAK Properties, one of the leading property development and tourism infrastructure firms in the UAE

Best Corporate Social Responsibility

This category is to reward the organization that addresses a social or environmental need while reinvesting profit or surplus from trade.

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Winner: Marmalade Fish, a niche management consultancy specializing in organizational values and culture change

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Winner (RAK DED): Emirates Transport, a provider of various transport services for school, government, and commercial entities

Runner-ups were also recognized during the ceremony, including: Middle East Onshore & Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment, Hutchison Ports, Belhasa Driving Center, Polarise ME, RAK National Travel Agency, Nawatt, Abiya Building Material Trading, Cladtech International, Alumill Tech Gulf, Arc International Middle East, Utico, Sis Forever, Red Bus Nursery, and Karasi. The award winners and runners-up were selected through a systematic evaluation process by an independent judging committee from the International Performance Excellence (IPE).

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAKEZ, said: “Leading a company to embody excellence is extremely difficult. This is why, I believe that RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards is among the most significant annual events in Ras Al Khaimah as it brings the most excellent businesses to the centre stage – the ones that demonstrated sheer hard work and helped ensure the emirate’s continued prosperity.” He added: “I’d like to personally congratulate the 2017 winners. We, at RAKEZ, are very proud of what you have achieved and are about to achieve as you go further in your business journey.”

Mr. Ramy Jallad, Group CEO of RAKEZ, RAK Free Trade Zone and RAK Investment Authority, acknowledged: “I am fascinated as to how the attention to the RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards has grown from day one. It’s not only the number of participation that’s rocketing year after year but also the quality of the applications. This goes to show that the awards programme is serving its purpose of inspiring excellence throughout the emirate’s business community.” 

Sheikh Mohammed bin Kayed, Chairman of RAK DED, announced: “It has truly been an honor to showcase the passion and commitment of the businesses in Ras Al Khaimah. This is the first time for us to participate in the RAKEZ Business Excellence Awards and the experience has been very rewarding. We’ll be glad to team up with the RAKEZ again on the next edition of the awards programme to highlight more of the emirate’s success stories.”