This was announced at a press conference held at Tawasul on Monday to update the media on the progress of the awards, which recognise sustainable initiatives by individuals and institutions in GCC.
The final winners will be picked following public voting (40 per cent) and a jury panel assessment (60 per cent). The panel will convene on December 7-8 for assessment. The final winners will be announced at a ceremony on December 11 at the Crowne Plaza Muscat.
Khalid Alsafi al Haribi, the awards’ organising committee member said that 20 nominations – ten from Oman – have been received. “From November 24, the public will be able to vote for the shortlisted candidates on our site. We have a lot of faith in public awareness. In the past, we have found that the decisions of our panel of experts mirrored those of the public.”
This year’s jury panel will be chaired by Afra al Basti, executive director of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children. “The identity of the other jury members is being kept under wraps for the time being to ensure fair deliberations,” he said. “Winners will be decided according to content of the initiative, its outreach and impact. We encourage everyone to vote on riyadagcc.org.”
The award categories include Best Social Investment of the Year (public, private and individual), Best Civil Society Institution of the Year (professional, charitable and women’s) and Civil Society Leader of the Year (male and female).
The awards committee will also hand out two other awards – the Distinguished Achievements Awards and Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.