Established in the Middle East in 2012 the Sports Industry Awards series is the official celebration of the leaders, decision makers, organizations, facilities and campaigns that have contributed to the development of sport in the past 12months.
This incredible success story has, like all major sports, been built on teamwork, professionalism and business acumen. The vision and core strategies provided by the sport industry have ensured the region has stayed ahead of the game, constantly setting new standards that have become the envy of the international sporting arena.
In 2015 the awards expanded to include an Asian edition with Manila being awarded the inaugural host city, and Bangkok taking centre stage in 2016.
The 2017 edition of the SPIAs had 17 categories. These categories recognised the lofty achievements of the sporting industry in the Middle East, rewarding those that excelled across all the diverse sporting segments.
Each submission went through a rigid and transparent judging process, which was overseen by a judging panel of 18 of the region’s experts, and was facilitated by Deloitte and Touche, with the shortlisted finalists revealed at a press conference in early March. The winners were announced in front of their peers during an evening of celebration at the black-tie Gala Dinner on the 11th of April at Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah.
SPIA 2017 officially opened entries for submissions on the 5th of January 2017, with the final day for entries on the 2nd of March. The gala dinner was held on Tuesday 11th of April at Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah. Please find the link below to the 2017 winners and nominated finalists. Click here to view the winners.
SPIA 2016 was held on Wednesday 23rd March in the Dubai ballroom at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai with 563 in attendance. 38 awards in 14 categories were handed out on the night, find the full english post event coverage of the event here SPIA_2016, or alternatively arabic here, or view the video here. The 2016 edition of SPIAs was presented by Cadillac and supported by Emirates Airline, Dubai Sports City, Singha Corporation, and Lacoste.
SPIA 2015 was held on Wednesday 25th March in the ballroom at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai with an impressive 534 in attendance. 13 categories were awarded on the night, find a full list of winners and coverage of the event SPIA_2015, or view the video here. The 2015 edition of SPIAs was presented by Cadillac and supported by Emirates Airline, Dubai Sports City, First Gulf Bank, National Ambulance and Lacoste.
SPIA 2014 was held at on Wednesday 26th March in the Asateer Tent, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai and saw 484 of the sport’s finest in attendance to see 12 categories being awarded. To read more about the 2014 event, download the post event report here SPIA_2014, or view the video here. The 2014 SPIAs was proudly sponsored by Emirates Airline, Emirates NBD, MMC Sportz, Go Sport, and Lacoste.
Held on Wednesday 27th March at One & Only Royal Mirage’s Ampitheatre, Dubai the inaugural SPIA saw 415 of the Middle East’s sport industry attend the black tie gala event. To find out more about the 2013 event download the post event report here SPIA_2013, or view the video here. The 2013 SPIAs was presented by Pepsi and supported by Tag Heuer, Emirates Airline, and Lacoste.