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An awards ceremony to honour Friends of the Spain Brand in the United Arab Emirates was held on February 2, 2022, by the Leading Brands of Spain Forum in collaboration with ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones, the Embassy of Spain in the United Arab Emirates, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, the Spanish Business Council, and the Spanish Consulate, trade and tourism offices in the country.

Participants in the ceremony included Ignacio Osborne, president of the Leading Brands of Spain Forum; Reyes Maroto, minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism; Xiana Méndez, secretary of State for Trade; José Luis Bonet, president of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce; and Miguel Sanz, managing director of Turespaña.

This year’s award winners were:

Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi

Minister of State for Foreign Trade of the United Arab Emirates.








Reem Al Hashimi

Minister of State for International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and managing director of Expo Dubai 2020.








Al Ghurair Investment

Partner of the Leading Brands of Spain Forum for the management of the Brands of Spain Shop at Expo Dubai 2020.






Etihad Airways

Airline connecting the United Arab Emirates and Spain.







DP World

One of the largest port operators that manages, among others, the Port of Tarragona.

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