Saturday, September 26, 2015

ADNOC, Dubai Duty Free and RAK Ceramics Named “Brand of the Year” At The 2015 World Branding Awards at Kensington Palace

LONDON. - Saturday, September 26th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In a glittering ceremony at the State Apartments of Kensington Palace in London last night, 118 brands from 30 countries were honoured at the prestigious World Branding Awards.

The Awards is organised by the World Branding Forum (WBF), a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing branding standards for the good of the branding community as well as consumers. It organises and sponsors a range of educational programmes, as has joint collaborations with leading universities and museums.

Global winners include Apple, Cartier, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Google, Guinness, HSBC, IKEA, Johnnie Walker, Kleenex, Lego, Louis Vuitton, McDonald's, Mercedes Benz, Nescafé, Nike, Rolex, Shell, Starbucks and VISA.

National tier winners from the United Arab Emirates included ADNOC and Dubai Duty Free, while RAK Ceramics clinched a Regional Award. Other National tier winners from around the world include ANZ Bank from Australia, Sinopec from China, Hugo Boss from Germany, Airtel from India, Prada from Italy, Seiko from Japan, Samsung from Korea, Gulf Insurance Group from Kuwait, Maybank from Malaysia, KLM from the Netherlands, Babcock University from Nigeria, HBL Bank from Pakistan, Tanduay Rum from the Philippines, Chunghwa Telecom from Taiwan, MTN from South Africa, Singha Beer from Thailand, Santander from Spain, and Royal Mail from the United Kingdom.

“The Awards is a celebration of the achievements of some of the greatest brands around the world. To win, a brand needs to have built a good reputation and trust with consumers, as 70 percent of the scoring process come from consumers voting for their favourite brands,” said Richard Rowles, Chairman of the World Branding Forum.

Each brand was named “Brand of the Year” in their respective categories. RAK Ceramics was awarded a regional award for being one of the largest brands in its category in the Middle East.

“Over 2,600 brands from 35 countries were nominated for the 2015-2016 Awards in multiple categories, and more than 65,000 consumers from around the world participated during the voting period. With such tough competition, each winner has clearly demonstrated the power of their brand among consumers,” said Peter Pek, Chief Executive of the World Branding Forum.

Uniquely, winners are judged through three streams: brand valuation, consumer market research, and public online voting.

The event was hosted by Olivia Wayne from Sky Sports. For more information and the full list of winners, visit


About the World Branding Forum

The World Branding Forum (WBF) is a registered global non-profit organisation. Its aims and activities are to provide raise the standards of branding for the good of the industry as well as consumers. The WBF produces, manages and supports a wide range of programmes covering research, development, education, recognition, networking and outreach. For more information, visit

About the World Branding Awards

The World Branding Awards is the premier awards of the World Branding Forum, a registered non-profit organisation. The awards recognises the achievements of some of the world’s best brands. There are two major tiers of awards – the Global Awards are awarded to international brands, while the National Awards are awarded to brands that are household names in their country of origin. For more information, visit


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