The Fifth Annual Pan Arab Web Awards List of Winners

27 Apr, 2009

Updated

According to the people behind the Pan Arab Web Awards  “was created to recognize excellence in web design, development and web ownership skills to showcase their creativity in a competition for the best website in the Pan Arab Region.”

Update: However, this year list does not really reflect the growing number of web startups in the region. As many of the winning websites are infomercials flash based websites –thank Mamood for the comment-.

Here is the list of the Awards fifth year winners that was announced on the 25th of April (Last year winners list here):

– Advertising & Production

Golden
www.zed-communications.com

silver
www.spadescasting.com

bronze
www.hotspotfilms.com

– Airlines

Golden
www.qatarairways.com

Silver
www.etihadairways.com

Silver
www.omanair.aero/flyfree

bronze
www.maximus.aero

– Art & Design

Golden
www.kaleidoscopeuae.com

Silver
www.aromacreatives.com

bronze
www.mediaconseil.com

– Automotive

Golden
www.rymco.com

Silver
www.corolla.toyotaegypt.com.eg

Bronze
www.Yaris.toyotaegypt.com.eg

 

– Award of Appreciation

www.bdutyfree.com

– Banks: Consumer

Golden
www.alhilalbank.ae

silver
www.blomretail.com

Bronze
www.arabbank.com

– Banks: Corporate

Golden
www.alhilalbank.ae

silver
www.cbq.com.qa

Bronze
www.blombank.com

– Corporate

Best Strategic Corporate Portal

www.alhokairgroup.com

Golden
www.alhokair.com

silver
www.myprosperity.com

Bronze
www.knotika.com

 

– Culture

Golden
www.kaleidoscopeuae.com

silver
www.hklabs.com/rememberalgiers

bronze
www.cmadubai.com

– Directories and Info Services

Strategic Directories & Info Services

www.arriyadh.com

Golden
www.petsmarche.com

silver
www.arriyadh.com

Bronze
www.weknowdubai.com

– E-Commerce

Best Strategic e-Commerce Portal

www.onecard.net

Golden
www.aishti.com/store

silver
www.koein.com/alpha/beeslineus

bronze
www.youronlinegenie.com

 

– Education

Best Strategic Education Website

www.kaust.edu.sa

golden
www.hamiltonaquatics.ae

silver
www.bidaya.ae

bronze
www.esa.edu.lb/XIFM

– Entertainment

Best Strategic Entertainment Portal

www.hyzonia.com

Golden
www.freej.ae

silver
www.starsofscience.com

bronze
www.circuit-empire.com

– Fashion & art

Golden
www.wonderfuleditions.com

silver
www.rootssalons.com

bronze
www.sabinemazloum.com

– Financial Institutions & Insurance

golden
www.myprosperity.com

silver
www.falcom.com.sa

bronze
www.zabeelinvestments.com

– Food & Beverage

Golden
www.catertainmentsal.com/website/Linas/index.html

silver
www.poppins.com.lb

bronze
www.jeema.ae

– Forums

golden
www.broadbandlebanon.org

silver
www.starauto.com

bronze
www.starauto.com

– Governmental organizations

Golden
www.dubaimediacity.com

silver
www.jeddah.gov.sa

bronze
www.dubaicustoms.gov.ae

– health Services

Golden
www.mdskin-solutions.com

silver
www.silkor.com

bronze
www.autismapril.com

bronze
www.safeandsound.ae

– Hotels

Golden
www.delmonhotel.ae

silver
www.ottomanpalacebyrixos.com

bronze
www.imperialsuitesbeirut.com

– HSE (Health, Safety, Environment)

golden
www.leaderuae.com

silver
www.indyact.org

bronze
www.miscoman.com

– ICT

bronze
www.enfusionsystems.net

silver
www.arabsat.com

Golden
www.skyband.com.sa

– Industrial

Strategic Industrial Consultancy Portal

www.goic.org.qa

golden
www.kainternational-gcc.com

silver
www.kit-wood.com

bronze
www.zonegroup-s.com

bronze
www.smsfzc.ae

– International organizations

golden
www.un.org.lb

silver
www.unispoursarkozy.org

bronze
www.recon-international.com

– Jewelry

golden
www.koein.com/beta/zoughaib.2/

silver
www.damasjewel.com/

bronze
www.davcodiamonds.com

– Media – Online Press

Strategic Online News Portal

www.aljazeera.net

Golden
www.maannews.net/arb/Default.aspx

silver
www.thetimesme.com

bronze
www.aitnews.com

– Media – TV & Radio

Best Strategic Media & Press Portal

www.artonline.tv

Golden
www.radiosawa.com

silver
www.artonline.tv

bronze
www.future-news.tv

– Non-governmental Organizations

golden
www.redcross.org.lb

silver
www.craft-lebanon.com

bronze
www.myschoolmycommunity.com

– Oil & Gaz

golden
www.conaprosal.com

silver
www.enjm.com

bronze
www.apic.org.lb

– Personal

silver
www.mazmanians.com

Golden
www.nemrabounassar.com

bronze
www.ridamusic.com

– Political Activism

Golden
www.kataeb.org

silver
gs.14march.org

bronze
www.almustaqbal.org

– Real Estate

Best strategic Real Estate Portal

www.sorouh.com

Golden
www.beirutgardens.com

silver
www.tsagroup.ae

bronze
www.jabergroup.com

– Recruiting Services

Golden
www.im2work.com

silver
www.lebanesebrain.net

bronze
www.Laazi.com

– Retails

Best Strategic Retails Portal

www.saco.com

golden
www.patchi.com

silver
www.zoom-cities.com

bronze
www.magrabiretail.com

– Services

golden
www.blacksmithstudios.net/

silver
www.tbwazeenah.com

bronze
www.tdmgroup.net

– Social network

Strategic Arab Women Social Network Portal

www.hawaaworld.com

golden
www.fameego.com

silver
www.banady.com

bronze
www.wayyacom.com

– Sports

Golden
www.hamiltonaquatics.ae

silver
www.omanfa.net

bronze
www.jeux2009.org

– Telecommunication Services

Golden
www.nawras.om

silver
www.jordantelecomgroup.jo

bronze
www.jo.zain.com

– Transportation

golden
www.yacht-liner.com

silver
www.nscsa.com

bronze
www.walt-uae.com

– Travel & Tourism

golden
www.omanvisitors.com

silver
www.koein.com/beta/fourseasons/

bronze
www.vdsmarine.com

 

– V.I.P.

best structure
www.oman-qaboos.net

Best technical
www.mykingabdullah.com/

best concept
www.unispoursarkozy.org

best interactivity
www.president-saleh.info

– Web design and software development company

bronze
www.koein.com

silver
www.zed-communications.com

Golden
www.idmweb.net

– Strategic Web Information Portal

Syria web directory

– Best Arabic Website

www.dcd.gov.ae

– MICROSOFT AWARD FOR THE BEST WEBSITE BUILT ON MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY

www.hyzonia.com

– Web company of the year

Koein
– IT Man of the Year

Mr. Rashid Al-Ballaa

– Telecommunication Man of the Year

Mr. Ross Cormack

– Web of the Year

www.koein.com

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  1. The First Adobe Flex Based Arabic/English Social Network fameego.com Wins The Gold Award at the Pan Arab Web Awards. | ArabCrunch  |  April 27th, 2009 at 1:16 PM #

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  2. Mamod  |  April 27th, 2009 at 3:17 PM #

    What’s up with the flashy sites?! where is web2.0, where are the social networks, what about online web services, am I missing something here or it’s just a contest for flash websites?

  3. Gaith Saqer  |  April 27th, 2009 at 4:42 PM #

    Ya Mamood, this award does not reflect the growing breed of web startups in the region

  4. Gaith Saqer  |  April 27th, 2009 at 5:20 PM #

    maood than k you again, post updated

  5. Amad  |  April 27th, 2009 at 6:21 PM #

    Salam Gaith,

    Man, I had a really bad experience with this organization. At first, I thought its a serious competition, and I was participating with one of my projects (www.ras2ras.com).

    They were very professional in their communications with me, so I was really happy. However, when the competition got closer, I was asked to pay a ridiculous fee to register in the competition.

    Basically – with no offense – this competition is for those who want to buy an award for their organization. Hence, the dominance of flashy websites that are submitted by web design firms.

  6. Gaith Saqer  |  April 27th, 2009 at 9:26 PM #

    @Amad, how much they asked u for? i was told it was about 120$.
    As for your comment about the competition i heard that too from other people.

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  8. Sherif Omar  |  April 28th, 2009 at 1:32 PM #

    These awards are a joke. Basically you buy the award. They send to us every year and we fell for it the first time, then you realize what the game is.

    Have a look at some of these sites, you’ll think it’s 1990 all over again. The most outrageous has to be this shameless Facebook clone :

    http://www.banady.com

    Pathetic !

  9. Fameego.com Team  |  April 29th, 2009 at 1:59 PM #

    to be honest as an owner of a website (www.fameego.com) that participated and actually won social network Golden Award I would fairly say the following:

    1. I did NOT have to pay anything in the beginning
    2. After they finished their evaluation I was contacted that I won the golden award
    3. After that there were option packages that you can buy to promote your winning product in the event itself (banners, brochures, etc)
    4. also there is a ticket that has to be bought for each member who will be attending

    All in all i agree that this year was all about static flash based content websites mainly.

    I was shocked also about that since I have been working really hard for more than one year on fameego.com to build a real social network website using Adobe Flex which is a very tricky new development engine.

    All in all i think the web market still on the way to maturity but definitely the next two years will see big Arabic Web 2.0 websites emerging.

    I appreciate any comment on fameego.com that might enhance the user experience

  10. walid  |  May 7th, 2009 at 11:57 PM #

    i am the creative director of http://www.koein.com, a big winner in the competition. i have a few points to clarify…

    1- you pay to subscribe to the competition like any major worldwide web competition (you pay for subscribing YOU DO NOT BUY YOUR AWARDS).

    2- more than 500 websites have registered. so the competition is a competitive and official one.

    3- all major web development companies subscribed to the competition which gives it more credits.

    4- I agree there are some really bad websites there that do not deserve to win but i guess this is the level of the web design in the region.

    5- what is your problem with flash website. after all flash, used in the right way, is very challenging and can lead to very effective and high usability websites.

    6- i wished they would focus more on content, navigation, technology and features. But i consider this more of a design and animation competition.

    7-we would love to participate in a competition based on coding technologies and website features to show off the technology behind our websites.

    IN REPLY TO SALAM:
    “Basically – with no offense – this competition is for those who want to buy an award for their organization. Hence, the dominance of flashy websites that are submitted by web design firms.”

    I hope the above clarifies a bit. no offense but i think your website is good but really needs a real makeover from a design and accessibility point of view.

    cheers,

  11. Fameego.com Team  |  May 8th, 2009 at 12:05 AM #

    Hi Walid, cannot agree with you more, even I was looking for more deep evaluation of the actual service that the website gives and to be more focused on the effort behind the architecture and code of the actual product and not just the interface.

    But in all i think this reflects the level we are in now in the Middle East from website development companies but I dont think it really reflects the effort being done by individuals and young men that are leading start-ups and trying to make it and be visible.

    Such discussions would eventually elevate the quality of start-ups to come and would definitely help people that look after the web market in the middle east to give it more depth.

    My 2 cents

  12. Fameego.com Team  |  May 8th, 2009 at 12:12 AM #

    Hi Walid, I would appreciate if we can get in touch and discuss possible improvements that koein can help in

    My persona email: tareq.kayyali@gmail.com

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