64 Brands in the UAE to receive Superbrands title at Annual Tribute Event
Superbrands, the independent authority and arbiter of branding, announced it will host its annual tribute event to honour and recognize 64 of UAE’s strongest brands on September 17, 2017. At the event, Superbrands will also announce the highly awaited ‘Brand of the Year’ award and unveil the 13th edition of the much sought-after Superbrands book, which includes a two-page profile of each of the Superbrands.
In its 13th edition, the Superbrands tribute event is considered the ‘Oscars of Branding’ by the corporate world and speaking about the event, Mr. Mike English, Director, Superbrands Middle East, said, “Marketers have always had to juggle two seemingly contradictory goals: making their brands distinctive and making them central in their category. Being acknowledged a Superbrands helps strengthens a brands position, adds prestige and reassures consumers and suppliers that they are buying the best brand in its category. This year has seen an unprecedented number of local brands making it to the Superbrands list with a few new entrants in the market, in addition to internationally recognized brands.”
After carefully filtering through the selection list set by the Superbrands Council, over 2,000 senior managers and marketing professionals were invited to vote for candidate brands. More than 2000 leading brands in the UAE were scored by the Superbrands Council members and through an online poll. The highest scoring brands have been chosen as Superbrands and only the brands that achieve the level of recognition set by the independent Superbrands Council are eligible for inclusion in the Superbrands UAE book, which traces the history and achievements of each of the brands.
Speaking on the stringent selection and voting process, Mr. English added, “Getting onto the Superbrands list is both a prestigious accolade and an arduous task, where brands have to be voted for by our distinguished brand council members as well as by marketing professionals, who have voted through an online poll. The brand which scores the highest points will be adjourned the top honour of ‘Brand of the Year’ which we will announce at the tribute event. Participation in the Superbrands book is by invitation only and acknowledges the inherent strength of the organisation and its brand value. This event is a true celebration of many of the country’s highest profile brands.”
The Superbrands Council comprises individuals who have shown exceptional aptitude in business and who have a thorough knowledge of the market and methods of business. To be voted a Superbrand is a powerful endorsement and is evidence for existing customers, potential customers, media, suppliers, investors and employees of each brand’s exceptional status.
The Superbrands tribute event will see the UAE’s crème de la crème corporate head honchos in attendance and promises to live up to its global reputation of being the ‘Oscars of Branding’.
THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SUPERBRANDS COUNCIL (2017):
- H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development
- John Brash, Managing Creative Director, Brash Brand Strategy & Design
- Laila Suhail, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Shopping Festival
- John Deykin, Branding Expert
- Mishal Kanoo, Deputy Chairman – UAE & Oman, The Kanoo Group
- Colm Mcloughlin, Managing Director, Dubai Duty Free
- Hala Badri, Executive VP Brand & Communications, du
- Mike English, Director, Superbrands Middle East & North Africa
- Dr. Ram Buxani, Chairman, ITL Cosmos Group