The biggest names in the Middle Eastern sports community will come together for the Sports Industry Awards (SPIA) to mark the return of the event for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns who have contributed to the development of sport in the region.
The 2021 edition of SPIA will feature 21 award categories, each of which recognize the achievements of the sports industry in the Middle East and serve to recognize those who have excelled in a range of diverse sports segments.
For the first time in its history, the event, hosted by Sport360X, features a number of esports categories – Best Esports Campaign of the Year and Esports Tournament of the Year – that highlight and celebrate the rise of the gaming industry, which has seen a number of athletes and sports brands compete against each other like never before.
Despite 12 difficult months, which saw the SPIA 2020 ceremony canceled due to the global pandemic, the vision and core strategies provided by the sports industry have kept the region one step ahead, while establishing constantly new standards that are the envy. of the international sports arena. For the 2021 events, registrations have been accepted for the 2019 and 2020 submissions.
Winners in all categories are chosen by an independent jury made up of industry experts chosen for their skills and experience in the sports industry in the Middle East. The ceremony itself will take place in Dubai on the 26e May at the W Hotel, Palm Jumeirah.
Bassam Nawfal, Managing Director of Sport360, said: “We are delighted that SPIA is returning after last year’s unfortunate cancellation. The event is the largest gathering of the sports industry in the region and celebrates sports excellence in the Middle East and attracts a large number of entries from different sports sectors. “
“SPIA is back at Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah, where it will be hosted in the magnificent W Hotel Ballroom. The venue not only provides a sensational backdrop to our guests, but it also offers the venue. ideal for an intimate gathering, adhering to the new rules of social distancing. SPIA is the only event of its kind in the region, so it is very important that we can deliver it this year to support the sports industry which has found innovative and creative ways to cope with these unprecedented times. “
Previous events have seen more than 400 attendees hoping to get their hands on a SPIA award, including those from the 2019 ceremony held in the crowded Coca-Cola arena in downtown Dubai. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be run at reduced capacity and adhering to strict health and safety as well as social distancing measures.
SPIA 2021 is supported by YouGov Sport, a global sports, sponsorship and entertainment research company that works with key sports stakeholders to gain meaningful and actionable insights.
The event attracts some of the region’s most influential CEOs and decision-makers, which is why SPIA is delighted to partner with Global Traveler USA as an official media partner.
For those who wish to attend the ceremony and the gala dinner, several packages are available. Prices for individual seats start at $ 330, tables are available from $ 3,000 and VIP tables are priced at $ 5,500.
For more information, please visit spiame.com.
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