The GQ Middle East Men Of The Year Awards 2019 As They Happened
This week, GQ Middle East brought together the brightest and best talent from the Middle East to celebrate our first Men of the year awards.
Held at the incredible Louvre Abu Dhabi in a specially designed open air setting and hosted by comedian Bassem Youssef, the awards began with a three-song performance by Egyptian singer Azza. Next came a performance by Lara Scandar before the ceremony was opened by ITP CEO Ali Akawi.
Our Editor in Chief, Adam Baidawi then took to the stage to deliver a speech that touched on his pride at having both Iraqi and Australian routes and his determination not to have GQ Middle East “stay in its lane’. He also noted the incredible support from our event sponsors. Vacheron Constantin, making sure everything ran like clockwork, Etihad for ensuring our jet-set guestlist were just that, flying our award winners in from around the world, and Mercedes Benz, for keeping us all moving. He then introduced our partner from UN Women who we were proud to host the event alongside.
Tan France put Vacheron Constantin's Glambot to the test.
Bassem Yousef then took to the stage and, well, no one was safe. Mo Salah, Mena Massoud, Mariano Di Vaio and Tan France were all recipients of a hilarious, trademark Bassem monologue.
The awards themselves then kicked off with our International Man of Style winner Tan France taking to the stage, followed by Televison Star Cagatay Ulusoy presented by the owner of Maxx Royal, Miss Banu Akan. Next was Breakthrough Model (and breakthrough hair, according to Bassem) awarded to Dolce & Gabbana model Mariano Di Vaio.
The artist behind our incredible set of 14 awards, all of which combine to form our iconic GQ logo, Sabine Marcelis, was then honoured as our International Artist.
Our lifetime achievement award went to the greatest living Middle Eastern poet Adunis, before Mo Al Turki took to the stage with Etihad, this time to award Fashion Icon.
The winner, Alessandra Ambrosio took to the stage and noted that she felt honoured to be considered an icon and hoped she could live up to the standards set by the women she thinks of in the same terms.
Mena Massoud, star of Aladdin won our breakthrough talent award, presented by Vacheron Constantin, and was treated to a rendition of 'A Whole New World’ by Bassem.
The awards then came to our incredible Social Force award winner. Munjed Al Muderis, the Iraqi surgeon and refugee who fled the Sadaam Hussain regime, flew in from Sydney to collect his award for the truly breath taking work he is doing in prosthetics.
Mo Salah arrives courtesy of Mercedes
Cheb Khaled, who performed a roof raising set last night was then presented with our Legend award, before Adam Baidawi returned to the stage to honour the late UAE fashion designer Khalid Al Qasimi with his Editor’s Special award.
Nadine Labaki, the incredibly successful Arabic film director and campaigner won our Woman of the Year prize before, last but not least, we got to the Man of the Year.
Having caused whoops of glee as he walked into the awards, Mo Salah, our Man of the Year, took to the stage to accept his award. “Everywhere I go I feel the love and support.” He told our cheering audience, phones aloft, all of them filming the moment.
From there we welcomed Issam to the stage, with Cheb Khaled joining him as perhaps the greatest hype man of all time, before Mo, Alessandra, Mena and more hit the after party at the Edition Abu Dhabi.