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Important Announcement - WOW Awards Middle-East 2019.


Dear Members,

We have an important announcement to share with you in regards to the WOW Awards Middle-East 2019.

As you may already know, WOW Awards announced its Middle-East edition in association with ILEA-ME in November 2018. A staggering 228 entrants have registered for the debut edition of WOW Awards Middle-East 2019 which is scheduled for 27th March at the Palazzo Versace Dubai with the entry submission deadline of 7th Feb.

We had a meeting with the organisers, to share the feedback that many members have shared with us;

  • Dec to Feb is a very busy period to put in entries.

  • Most entrants are not familiar with the entry submission process which is fairly evolved owing to the legacy of 10 years and KPMG’s robust systems.

  • Ramadan and Summer months are ideal to submit entries on work done in the concluded season.

  • August / September are ideal months to start the season with a celebration in WOW Awards.


With KPMG onboard as a ‘Process Validation’ partner, WOW has a very stringent jury process that takes 6-8 weeks. In reality with the timing of WOW Awards Asia and the above feedback in mind, the organisers, under ILEA-ME advisement have agreed to push the Awards Gala to Wednesday 25th September 2019 at the same venue, Palazzo Versace Dubai.

We all now have 18th July 2019 as the deadline to submit entries. Events and campaigns that were executed between Jan 2018 and June 2019 qualify to enter.

We are also excited to announce that we are introducing a special ILEA Award at WOW: ILEA-ME Excellence in Sustainable Practices At Events.

This award will be the 45th and final category of WOW Awards Middle-East 2019. More information on the website will be available within a week and a special advisory board put together by ILEA will judge the best entries in this category.

If you have any queries, please connect with the organisers.

Raien Naraghi - Awards Convenor +971564494345 raien@wowawards.com

Vishal Nagdev - Director, Partnerships +971556567716 vishal@wowawards.com

Thank you, Paul Berger.






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