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Etisalat announced the launch of SMB Awards 2021 to celebrate the success of the business community and show appreciation for its outstanding performance and contribution to the UAE’s economy.

This year’s Awards will recognise 10 categories, namely Emirati Business, Women in Business, Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence, Top Sustainability, Business Mobility, Top Healthcare, CSR, Tech for Good, and SMB of the Year.

Esam Mahmoud, senior vice president, SMB, Etisalat, said, “Small and medium businesses today make up for about 98% of businesses in the UAE, representing over 60% of the country’s GDP, therefore an important segment in Etisalat’s business. This is an integral component to our overall business and is driven by a commitment to the future of UAE.

“We are delighted to recognise such hardworking, dedicated and visionary leaders who have made their mission to drive their business forward. This initiative is in line with our continuous efforts to support SMBs in the UAE by creating a platform that puts a spotlight on our SMB customers, consequently solidifying Etisalat Group’s position as the preferred business partner of choice in the UAE.”

Nominations are open to business leaders and companies in 10 categories, whereby a jury panel will review the submissions and announce the winners at a finale ceremony. For further details on nomination guidelines and submission requirements, visit etisalat.ae/smbawards.

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) today make up for about 94% of businesses in the UAE representing over 60% of the country’s GDP, therefore an important segment in Etisalat business. This is an integral component to our overall business and is driven by a commitment to the future of UAE. It is essential to support the noble vision of the leadership in creating a hub for startups and SMBs encouraging them to come and set up their businesses in the country.

Etisalat has continuously worked to enable these young businesses with all the important elements, first is to be an active participant in enabling UAE leadership’s vision, secondly with SMBs generating 60% of the GDP and 86% of the population working in these companies, it’s definitely a business we can contribute to with our enhanced services and solutions. Etisalat over the years has taken care of every business and digital requirement which is a major step in this direction.

Today we are also able to play a greater role in the digital lives of these enterprises with the backbone of a robust and one of the most advanced, fastest and widest network in the region.

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