Winners ICAEWEY won three awards at the fourth annual Middle East Accountancy & Finance Excellence Awards, held in Dubai. EY won the awards for ‘Corporate Finance Deal of the Year’ and ‘Excellence in Training and Development of Finance Professionals’, and EY Dubai’s Wardah Al Rais was recognized as ‘Young Finance Professional of the Year’.

Commenting on the awards, Abdulaziz Al-Sowailim, Chairman and CEO, EY MENA, says: “We are proud to have been recognized for these awards which demonstrate EY’s commitment to innovation and excellence in the accountancy and finance industry. As the first and most established professional services organization in MENA, we remain dedicated to our purpose of building a better working world and these awards confirm our position.”

EY Dubai’s Wardah Al Rais, an Emirati national, was recognized as the ‘Young Finance Professional of the Year’. Working with EY since 2006, Wardah is highly respected by her peers, demonstrated exemplary commitment to her team and has consistently performed at the highest levels in her current role.

EY’s role as advisor was recognized in the ‘Corporate Finance Deal of the Year’ awarded to Emaar Malls. The Emaar Malls IPO deal presented the largest public offering in 2014 to date. EY’s involvement helped to raise confidence levels in the Middle East and had an impact on driving the UAE stock markets higher and increasing liquidity in the Dubai Financial Market.

EY also won the award for Excellence in Training and Development of Finance Professionals.  EY trains thousands of professionals every year across MENA through numerous programs, professional qualifications  (eg. ACCA, CMA), customized seminars and workshops for various entities including governmental entities, banks, investment companies, private groups and oil and gas companies. The programs are aimed at equipping trainees with real life practical experience as businesses continues to grow in complexity.

The Awards were hosted by the Middle East branch of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Launched in 2011, the Awards aim to recognize the key milestones and achievements in the accountancy and finance industry and celebrate organizations and individuals who contribute to the region’s growth and success.