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A look back at who came away with the ac­co­lades at the big­gest gala of the year

THE EIGHTH ESQUIRE AWARDS will go down in the books as ar­guably the one of the best one yet. Tak­ing place in Dubai on De­cem­ber 5, 2018, the an­nual event cel­e­brated the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of both men and women across the Mid­dle East over the past year.

Hosted in the spec­tac­u­lar Fort Is­land venue at the Mad­i­nat Jumeirah, the open-air gala din­ner was a true spec­ta­cle to be­hold as a uni­formly glam­orous ar­ray of in­vite-only guests were wel­comed to rub shoul­ders with a mul­ti­tude of stars from film, fash­ion, sport, busi­ness and the arts.

An open­ing speech from Ed­i­tor-in-chief Matthew Bax­ter-priest fol­lowed a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance by the ex­cel­lent vo­cal tal­ents of Mr Gari Dee­gan. After a rous­ing open­ing, host­ing du­ties were handed over to the im­pec­ca­ble master-of-cer­e­monies Tom Urquhart.

The 400-strong crowd of the re­gion’s who’s who sat down to a lav­ish din­ner, be­fore the pre­sen­ta­tion of 10 awards rang­ing from Mu­si­cian of the Year (won by Layla Kar­dan) and Chef of the Year (Sean Con­nolly) to the Con­tri­bu­tion to the Arts award (Ali F Mostafa) and both Re­gional De­signer (Hatem Ala­keel) and In­ter­na­tional De­signer of the Year (John Varvatos).

The evening cul­mi­nated with a very spe­cial recog­ni­tion, for the of Esquire’s Per­son of the Year, the found­ing fa­ther of the UAE, His High­ness Sheikh Zayed bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan. Dubbed ‘the year of Zayed’ 2018 was a cel­e­bra­tion of 100 years since the birth of His High­ness, and his legacy con­tin­ues to shape the daily lives of all those who call the United Arab Emi­rates home.

Af­ter­wards, guest were launched into the of­fi­cial after-party by a barn­storm­ing per­for­mance from DJ Dar­ryl Rees, be­fore even­tu­ally be­ing ush­ered to the exit in the very early hours…

As al­ways, huge thanks goes to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion from the event’s part­ners: BOSS by Hugo Boss, Pas­sion F&B, Bre­mont, Rivoli, Le Clos, MMI and Stackla.

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