Dubai — Sweeping five awards, Khaleej Times, part of the Galadari Brothers Group of Companies, continued its winning run at the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2014 Journalism and Photography Awards.
Besides prizes in four individual categories, the paper also won the best editorial coverage, which is a tribute to the reporters, editors, designers and photojournalists whose work collectively contributed to make Khaleej Times the winning team. The awards were presented to the winners by Shaikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority at a gala closing ceremony on Sunday.
Night Editor Suresh Pattali bagged the second place for the best feature published by a local newspaper for his article ‘Green Vision, Rosy Future’. Aarti Jhurani, reporter and sub-editor, Wknd magazine, won the first prize for the best magazine feature for her article ‘Confessions of a DSF first-timer’ while the first place for the best feature by a promising journalist went to reporter Dhanusha Gokulan for her story A look back into the future of the DSF.
M. Sajjad, Khaleej Times Senior Photographer won the third position in the Photography Award, celebration category.
The DSF 2014 Journalism and Photography Awards are part of the efforts by the Dubai Festival and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and the organiser of DSF, to honour the efforts by journalists to raise awareness about the varied aspects of DSF.
The awards are held under the patronage of Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The 19th edition of DSF, themed “Shop at Your Best” started on January 2 and concluded on February 2.
The DSF 2014 Photography Award allows press photographers from local publications to submit their entries under two categories — DSF Celebrations and DSF Shopping. The closing ceremony was attended by Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, DTCM and Laila Mohammed Suhail, CEO of DFRE among other guests.
Almarri said: “The 19th edition welcomed tens of thousands of families and tourists, further consolidating Dubai’s reputation as a destination of choice and demonstrating the position of its retail and entertainment sectors as key visitor drivers.”
In her speech, Laila said: “As we conclude today the 19th edition of DSF we would like to pause for a moment and reflect on the successful 19 years journey that we had together, making DSF the longest running festival of its kind in the world.”
The 20th edition of DSF will be held from January 1 to February 1, 2015. — firstname.lastname@example.org