At the prestigious Dubai International Print Award (DIPA), conducted in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Connoisseur secured the Gold Award for the Best Quality Magazine at the Johara Ballroom in Madinat Jumeirah on April 9, 2013.
The gala event, which was followed by dinner, was organised by the Printing and Publishing Group in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
Eight eminent international jury members were in Dubai to judge this year’s entries and to choose a winner from the entire list. The distinguished jury members include Mr. Nicholas R. Jung, Consultant in Printing Technology and Education, Mr. Karl Kowalczyk, Consultant, Printing Technology (Germany); Mr. Daniel Siegel, UPM Kymmene Sales GmbH, Senior Manager Technical Sales Central Europe; Mr. Hemant Ranadive, FCBULKA India, General Manager, Production Services; Dr. Eduard Neufeld Fogra, Graphic Technology Research Association, Institute Director; and Dr. Saad Aldossary, Consultant and Trainer of Printing Technology (KSA).
Digital media judges also include Mr. Geoff Hobbin, European Business Development Manager, Professional Print, Business Imaging Group for Canon Europe Limited, and Mr. Hadi Mohammed, Production Technology Business Manager, Xerox Middle East and Africa.
Mr.Mazen Haj, Chairman of the Printing and Publishing Group, says, “We’ve had a record number of participants. The high demand for participation in the awards is further proof that DIPA has become the premier platform for recognising excellence in the industry. This has made judging even tougher this year, with such a high level of competition between the entrants, and with the standard of entries, all vying for one of the most prestigious printing titles in the region, being exceptionally high. We’re pleased to have a number of new entries joining the awards event this year. We’ve also seen a wide range of innovative nominations.”
Gulf Connoisseur is a premier luxury magazine in the Middle East and delights its readers with interesting articles and opulent photographs, making it a one-stop-destination for gathering information on the finer things in life. The Twenty First Century Publishing House Fz LLC., which brings out the Gulf Connoisseur magazine in English and Russian, is headed by the immensely talented trio – Meena Das Narayan, K.N.Ned and Jaidev Narayan.