Photography by Ehtasham Saeed Photography

One of the most anticipated Middle East awards show, The 7th GR8! Women Awards were held in Dubai on April 19th at the Roda Al Bustan. Conceptualized by prominent Indian TV personalities Anu Ranjan & Shashi Ranjan, this was the 7th edition of the prestigious Awards. The ceremony honored top women achievers from the Middle East right from Kuwait, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar as well as India.

Informed Anu Ranjan, Founder of GR8 Women Awards “This year, the Awards were presented to 13 women achievers, felicitating the phenomenal work done by women in their respective fields. Right from Banking and Finance to Healthcare, Cinema, Glamour & Humanitarian work, the spotlight was on women who have set a benchmark in various fields. The highlight of the evening was International Singer / Actor & fashionistsa Lindsay Lohan, who was among the achievers to be felicitated.” 

The event was marked by glamorous fashion shows, where the city’s top models walked the ramp and showcased dazzling collections by renowned Indian as well as international designers. Every year, the high fashion black tie evening attracts Dubai’s crème de la crème including people from all walks of life such as dignitaries, industry leaders, corporate heads, celebrities, and entrepreneurs. Some of the performers included singing sensation Hayat Alaoui, kids from Mariam Othaman’s Pediatric Therapy Centre, Romanian / Bollywood actor Iulia Vantur and child singer Mustafa Khan. Some prominent Bollywood celebrities who graced the ocassion included Choreographer / Director Farah Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vaani Kapoor, Esha Gupta & Anushka Ranjan.

“Over the years, we have received immense support and encouragement from the diverse Diaspora of the region, as we continue to applaud women who have gone beyond their duty to inspire and lead by example. Launched 15 years ago in India, the GR8! Women Awards is a platform to celebrate women achievers who have broken all barriers and set high standards. We utilize the platform to highlight relevant issues concerning women in the subcontinent such as female feticide, breast cancer, and safeguarding the interest of the girl child”, added Anu Ranjan.

WINNERS LIST:

Ms. Maryam Al Mheiri

Media & Economic Development

Ms. Mariam Othman

GR8! Scroll of Honour – Child Education, Healthcare and Corporate Social Responsibility

Ms. Farah Khan

Choreography & Directing

Ms. Alia Bhatt

Path-breaking Portrayal of Women on Indian Screen

Dr. Swati Srivastava

Cosmetologist

Ms. Zeenat Jaffer

Business of Beauty

Ms. Vaani Kapoor

Cinema

Ms. Lucky Morani & Ms. Amane Tuerdi

Fashion-designing

Ms. Lindsay Lohan

Versatile Artistry & Social Service

Tamara Al Gabbani

Style Icon

Her Excellency Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi

GR8 Special Mention- Business Endeavour

Ms. Ruqaiya Mustafa Hemani

Strategy Management – Marketing

Ms. Laila Al Meqbali

Versatility in the World of Entertainment