The inaugural Masala! Lifestyle Awards were held on Friday, December 5, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt, Dubai.
This was the first-ever awards ceremony of its kind celebrating the success of Asians in the United Arab Emirates. More than 600 especially-invited guests attended the awards ceremony.
Seven eminent men and women formed the independent jury panel which nominated, researched, discussed and then voted in a secret ballot.
The judges included Padma Coram, Managing Partner of The Talent Brokers; Mahesh Tourani, Director of Indigo Properties; Sabina Khandwani, Head of PR and Marketing of BurJuman; Shamira Mitha, Director, Special Projects of Spatality; Amit Radia, Managing Director of Atlas Printing Press; Sheeraz Hasan, founder of Hollywood.TV and Dubai.TV; and Anil Bhoyrul, Editorial Director of ITP Executive.
Their decision was final in all categories, except the Popular Choice Awards, which were voted online at www.masala.com.
Indian television and film celebrity Aman Verma and local radio and television star Tia Singh hosted the awards ceremony.
Interspersed by Bollywood-style entertainment and a special performance by Dubai-based Bollywood performer Sukhbir, the evening honoured some of the UAE’s best known – and most respected – men and women.
Following is the list of winners:
Young Achiever In Business – Male: Nilesh Ved
Young Achiever In Business – Female: Jayshree Gupta
Businessman Of The Year: Micky Jagtiani
Businesswoman Of The Year: Renuka Jagtiani
Asian-Owned Business With Most Global Impact: Sunny Varkey
Special Recognition Award: Ram Baxani
CATEGORY: FASHION & JEWELLERY
Best Asian Designer (Clothes): Ayesha Depala
Best Asian Designer (Jewellery): Leena Suri
Best Asian Store (Clothes): Samsaara
Best Asian Store (Fabric): Bareeze
Best Asian Store (Jewellery): Joy Alukkas and Al Liali (tie)
Best Charity Organisation: Valley Of Love
Best Charity Initiative (Corporate): Apparel Group (Autism awareness)
Best Charity Initiative (Individual/Group): Matthew Vargehese
Best Asian Restaurant: Iz
Best Asian Restaurant: Kabab Factory
Best Asian Restaurant: Bombay Chowpatty
Best Asian Restaurant (Décor): INDEGO
Best Chef: Sanjeev Kapoor (Options)
Best Asian-Owned Salon: Sasha’s
Artist Of The Year: Preeti Pawani
Best Asian Event Organiser: Jyoti Karmali
Face Of The Year: Sukhbir
CATEGORY: POPULAR CHOICE
Best TV Presenter: Nadia Khan for Nadia Khan Show (GEO)
Best Radio Channel: 101.6
Best TV Channel: NDTV
Best Radio Jockey: Krittika (101.6)
Best Asian Concert: A.R. Rahman
Best Asian Club night: Kandy Club (Tribe @ Crowne Plaza Hotel)
Box Office Star 2008 (Male): Aamir Khan
Box Office Star 2008 (Female): Katrina Kaif
UAE Box Office Favourite 2008: Taare Zameen Par
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