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On December 14, 2013, over 300 high-profile leaders gathered at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE, for a momentous evening, the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF) Awards 2013.

This year’s ABLF was dedicated to the magnificent city of Dubai, and the brave and benevolent leadership of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, whose visionary leadership has put Dubai, and the UAE, firmly on the map as one of the world's economic growth centres.

The notable and important delegates in attendance at the ABLF Awards 2013 included H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group, H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, the UAE’s Minister of Economy; H.E. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; H.E. Thaksin Shinawatra, Former Prime Minister of Thailand; H.E. Kamal Nath, Union Cabinet Minister of Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs, India; T.K.A. Nair, Advisor to the Prime Minister of India; and H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Rashid Al Khalifa and H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa from the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The 2013 edition of the ABLF Awards felicitated 15 outstanding Asian business leaders for their commitment to excellence in business. Six of these 15 winners were leading Indian and Emirati business icons who were honoured as part of a special showcase that focused on India and its highly respected status as the UAE’s most prominent trading partner on the India-UAE relationship.

Latest Nominee

ABLF 2014 Nominee #32 - Lubna S. Olayan

Nominee #32
Lubna S. Olayan
CEO and President, Olayan Financing Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

ABLF Woman of Power Award


The following categories are open to public nominations:


ABLF Business Courage Award
ABLF Business Excellence Award
ABLF Woman of Power Award
ABLF Trailblazer Award

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ABLF Awards 2013 Winners

The ABLF Award winners are admirable men and women who have engaged the world interest in Asia, and have set new benchmarks for business excellence globally.

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India-UAE Business Icons 2013

A cameo presentation at the ABLF Awards 2013 to recognise and felicitate Indian and Emirati business stalwarts, who have defined and helped architect one of the strongest bilateral relationships in the world.

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Sparking proactive and participative conversations across Asia

Read more about the OneAsia2020 Initiative launched at the ABLF Awards 2013, by H.E. Thaksin Shinawatra, Former PM, Thailand.

Asia’s premier showcase of exemplary business enterprise that recognises and rewards pioneering leaders and organisations who have set new benchmarks in the global arena.

The ABLF Awards Trophy

ABLF Awards - A Recap

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Accolades for the leaders who walk the path of excellence

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Key Pivots of the
ABLF Series

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Vanguard of the
ABLF Series

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