Let the stars shine as business returns to normal
Life as we knew it pre-2020 seems to be returning. Markets in the Middle East have been open for months now and the fears of COVID are dissipating. Although nobody has a crystal ball to predict what tomorrow might bring, for all intents and purposes, the industry is back in full swing!
The year 2021 was indeed a litmus test of the industry’s endurance! It has been encouraging to see the bravado of the Middle East in opening up sooner than some other markets around the world. The industry has stood the tests of the pandemic and remained grounded and unstoppable!
MEIR is indeed proud to open nominations for the 9th Middle East Insurance Industry Awards 2022. We are especially looking forward to hosting this year’s awards live in Dubai after two years in the virtual space. We thus expect to see a huge influx of nominations this year.
What is new with the Awards 2022? We are proud to launch a new category – InsurTech of the Year. This category will acknowledge the rise of innovation via new InsurTech companies in MENA. InsurTechs have been changing the landscape of the Middle East insurance ecosystem significantly and we feel it is time to encourage them with an award of their own.
In addition, to ensure fairer competition, we have split the Reinsurance Company of the Year category to differentiate between life and general reinsurers.
We are also introducing a new feature to the final judging process. All company-specific finalists will be given the chance to pitch their case directly to the judges, via a live stream interview process. This will give the judges a chance to see first-hand the passion, drive and commitment of nominees, adding further strength and transparency to the whole process.
So make sure your entries are outstanding, to get this extra chance to showcase your passion. Normal, and even good, is no longer enough as markets become more competitive. We are expecting a new rush of diverse nominations as a testament to the continuing grit and fighting spirit of MENA.
The Middle East Insurance Industry Awards trophy remains the most respected throughout the region and beyond.
We will maintain the same strict standards - clearly defined criteria, a highly prestigious judging panel as well as transparent auditing. So, vie for it. Send in your nominations and prepare your case before the judges. Both self-nominations and third-party nominations carry equal weight. If you feel a company is worthy of being considered, do send in your suggestions as well.
These awards would not be possible without our kind sponsors who have remained dedicated to the cause.
I also take this opportunity to thank the 25 judges who have continued to serve diligently despite their busy schedules. Their prestige, insight and market intelligence, not to mention integrity, add weight to these awards!
We look forward to seeing you in November and to celebrating the deserving winners with their trophies. We at MEIR take this opportunity to wish you all the best. May the best company/person win. Let the competition begin!
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