Below are a selection of the Frequently Asked Questions that the MEES Awards Team receive. Click on any of the questions below to go direct to the answer.

Events must have taken place between 9 February 2016 and 15 March 2017 to be eligible.

The Awards have been split into three areas, UAE, GCC and International, Please see countries that are eligible in each area below:


  • Abu Dhabi
  • Dubai
  • Sharjah
  • Ajman
  • Ras Al Khaimah
  • Umm Al Quwain
  • Fujairah



  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates



  • All countries, excluding: Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Sudan.


Please note that we will not extend the deadline for submissions under any circumstances. The entry deadline is **16 March 2017 - 5pm (UAE Time)** - this date is final

We invite industry experts to judge specific categories which relate directly to their area of expertise. As we work in a very well connected region, the panel of judges is made up of both local and international representatives to offset any bias. A full list of judges can be found here.

Before entries are submitted to the judges non-qualified entries are removed, non-qualified entries include those submissions that do not directly answer the criteria questions and those that do not fulfill the requirements in the category criteria. Each judge then assigns every entry in the respective category a numerical score (out of 5) through an online evaluation system. Scores from each judge are then automatically added together with the highest score being judged the winner of that category.

There are 13 NEW categories for the 2017 Awards:

  • Best Trade Exhibition Under 10,000sqm Gross
  • Best Trade Exhibition Over 10,000sqm Gross
  • Best Consumer Exhibition Under 10,000sqm Gross
  • Best Consumer Exhibition Over 10,000sqm Gross
  • Sustainability Award
  • Best Video Content Production
  • Best Use of Technology – Product
  • Best Use of Technology – Service / Software
  • Best Event Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • Stand Design & Build Supplier of the Year
  • Best Light & Sound Production
  • Industry Icon Award
  • Best Event Video Solution


Yes, it is completely FREE TO ENTER an Award.

The shortlist for 2017 will be announced in March.

All winners are announced at the MEES Awards – please note we will not enter into discussions regarding the status of your entry before this.

We invite judges to provide comments alongside their scores and we will happily provide these to you on request. As the organisers do not sit on the judging panel it is not possible to enter discussions beyond this.

We will not publish or disclose to any third party (outside the Organiser and the Judging Panel) any aspect of your entry. This includes any images / video submitted along with your submission. We will invite shortlisted entries to submit high resolution images / video for publication once the shortlist has been announced.

The word limits are provided on the Awards platform against each Award question. These vary for each question and Award, so please make sure that you check and stay within the word limit.

Due to the high number of entries that we receive to ensure a stable web platform we need to restrict the size of files uploaded with submissions. Please note these submissions are only required to give the judges a look / feel for the event – they will not be published. We will ask you for high resolution images / video files should you be shortlisted – these files we will, with you permission, publish.

Yes, so long as the event meets the criteria of each category.

Yes, you just need to get permission and give credit to the supplier(s) when submitting your nominations.

All categories will be shortlisted except for ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ and ‘Industry Icon Award.

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The MEES Awards will take place on the evening of Thursday 18th May 2017 in Festival Arena, Dubai.

The dress code is black tie / national dress.
All tickets give access to the pre-function drink reception, main Gala Dinner (including 3-course meal and drinks package) and the After Party.
Yes, free parking is provided in Festival Arena, Dubai.