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Awards InternationalFebruary 9, 20232min8500

In view of the terrible events in Türkiye and Syria, we cannot and will not remain silent and passive. Our deepest condolences to all the people affected by this great tragedy.

Awards International will help in anyway possible. Above all else, we strive to be a strong and supportive community, and a good community should be there in times of struggle and hardship.

This is one of those times. Let’s do what we can! Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, relatives, friends and neighbours of all the victims, but we also want to actively provide aid to the people in need.

We will donate to the Save the Children fund and make other contributions. If you want to make a donation, follow the link below.


If you also have an idea how to help, please reach out to us. Those affected need all the help they can get.

On our social media and other communication channels, we will update you on the future actions we take in response to this unprecedented situation. To all the people of Türkiye and Syria, we are with you.


Awards InternationalSeptember 9, 20221min9300

Her Majesty the Queen 1926-2022

At Awards International, we mourn the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a woman deeply respected and admired not only by the British people but by so many around the world.

A true icon, whose sense of duty and steadfast commitment to her role are an example to all of us.

We send our thoughts to the Royal Family and all those who loved and admired her.


Awards InternationalSeptember 29, 20215min30930

The Gulf Sustainability Awards ’21 has ended. So let’s recap on our Awards Ceremony!

This year, for the first time in 18 months, we were able to organise both the Awards Finals and the Awards Ceremony in-person once more! More than 150 people came to Jumeirah Creekside hotel in Dubai, all in good spirits, happy that we’re face to face again!

The day started with the finalists’ presenting their initiatives to our judging panel. At our Awards Finals, there were more than 80 presentations held and the judges scored them in secret.

In the afternoon, our host and Regional Manager for the Gulf region, Aleksandar Ilic, charmed the crowd with his energetic introduction at the start of the Awards Ceremony.

Next, we heard a speech from Sam Alawiye, the CEO of our Green sponsor, GreenParking. We travelled through time by listening to his motivational speech regarding a different understanding of sustainability. As a man with outstanding results and more than 25 years of experience, he left his listeners with a greater understanding of practical sustainability.

Our next speaker was no less impressive. Renata Liuzzi, our partner from Axis Partners, took the stage and reminded everyone present of the significance of innovation. She explained that dedication and belief in our plans is crucial, motivating us with a simple message – we should always keep in mind to focus on what we WILL do and not what we might do. She then introduced her Masterclass to the audience, a practical course that uses real world examples of successful innovation. This training is based on analysing more than 200 real case studies and proven business practices.

We moved on to planting the indigenous Ghaf trees in collaboration with our media partners, Goumbook, to symbolically contribute to the restoration of the wildlife in the region. We’re always happy to land a hand to Goumbook with their Green ideas.

As the evening drew to the end, there was an outburst of emotions! Tensions were high and the the energy levels were through the roof as we announced our GSA ’21 winners. This year, we had 16 categories. To see the winners of each category, click here. We would like to thank all our finalists and remind them that being a finalist at the Awards is a victory in its own way.

To see how it was at Awards Ceremony, check out the Galery.

The overall winner of the Gulf Sustainability Awards ’21 is… Majid AL Futtaim Hotels. Massive congratulations on their hard work. Enjoy your victory, you’ve earned it!

And thus we’ve come to the very end of the Gulf Sustainability Awards ’21. There’s always a dash of sadness when good things come to an end, but just like in nature – the end of this cycle just means that another one is beginning soon!

On behalf of the Awards International Dream Team, we are proud to have had you with us on this occasion. We hope that memories from the event will bring a smile to your face, as it will certainly make us smile. Goodbye until next year!

Awards InternationalDecember 17, 20204min14040

Several companies offer online money transfer services. The major difference is the rates they charge to facilitate the transfer. One has to be vigilant when dealing with any cash transfers online.

Some enterprises may claim to offer commission-free international money transfers but will factor large margins into the exchange rates. That means you are paying for the service indirectly.

You may transfer money online via:


Wire Transfers

Commercial banks are (to some people) the best option when you want to transfer money to other countries. They still offer international money transfer services. Many people still view commercial banks as the safest for international money transfer.

There are charges one incurs when sending money abroad. Each bank also has its rates for foreign exchange. On the other side, the receiving bank can take a cut too. The amount they deduct is sometimes not known to the sender at the time of transfer.



PayPal is among the most popular online money transfer companies with millions of customers around the world. PayPal is very popular. You can access it via your web browser or smartphone app. You then add a payment method to your account, add funds, then add another PayPal account to pay.

PayPal charges a fee of 5% for PayPal to PayPal money transfers. You can also send money from PayPal to a bank account. Xoom, PayPal’s money transfer service, facilitates such transfers.

You will also pay a fee for the service. Cash transfer via PayPal is a fast service. The money reflects after a few minutes. With PayPal, you can send money to over 130 countries.


Western Union

Western Union is one of the vast money transfer companies in the world. With thousands of transfer outlets around the world, Western Union serves millions of customers. You can send money either online or in-store at any of the agent locations.

The Western Union money transfer platform is available online on any device via a web browser. You can also access the online platform using the Western Union mobile app.

There are charges for sending money using Western Union. If you send money from the UK to any transnational bank, you are charged £1.90. When sending cash to a Western Union pick-station, you are charged £4.90 in transfer fees.

You can send money to over 200 countries around the world. Another thing to note is that you cannot send money directly to a card via Western Union. Western Union only allows the transfer to a bank account.


Advantages of Online Money Transfer

Undoubtedly, the internet has made life exciting and manageable. Using the internet, you can access entertainment, knowledge and even your financial accounts. Through the internet, we can also communicate with friends worldwide, shop online and promote businesses.

The four most significant merits of online money transfer are:

  1. It reduces service charges
  2. It is secure and quick
  3. There is reduced paperwork
  4. The service is available round the clock

Several money transfer companies can enable you to send money abroad online. Online money transfer usually takes a few minutes. Different platforms charge different amounts in transfer fees.



Awards InternationalJuly 10, 20202min30810

Customer Experience Professional Association (CXPA) and Awards International are pleased to announce they have become Global Partners in Advancing CX. By supporting both companies’ values and services they will work together on various campaigns that will deliver insights and knowledge for all Customer Experience practitioners and professionals.

‘’It’s a pleasure to collaborate with CXPA. We had a few campaigns together in the past, but being a Global Partner in Advancing CX will have a great value for our customers’’ said Neil Skehel, Founder and CEO of Awards International.

One of the events Awards International and CXPA will collaborate together is CXTrendTalks, a mini-conference organised by Awards International alongside the UK Customer Experience Awards. CXPA will talk about CX by sharing insights from their long-standing experience and expertise.

‘’Awards International and CXPA share a passion for advancing the discipline of Customer Experience by spotlighting success stories and encouraging continual improvement’’ – said Greg Melia, CAE, CXPA’s CEO.

Both companies have been working on improving CX in industry and commerce and through this collaboration will offer even more possibilities for enhancing your customer experience practice.

For more information and dates about future campaigns follow Awards International and CXPA on their social media profiles.

Awards International believes winning their CXA awards creates wonderful possibilities for personal and professional growth. This is something they aim to share more and more throughout the world as they grow over the next ten years.

Founded in 2011, the Customer Experience Professionals Association is the premier global non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and cultivation of the Customer Experience profession.


Awards InternationalJuly 18, 20195min43550

Price Factor E-Commerce - Homo Oeconomicus In the world of sales and marketing, cost often represents the bottom line. Businesses of all sizes are all trying to cut in-house expenditures in the hopes that their return on investment will be higher. Although this might appear to make perfect sense from a purely financial point of view, let us always remember that you get what you pay for. This is even more relevant when discussing e-commerce platforms. How can you balance cost-effective solutions with an application that will produce viable long-term results? What if your enterprise is on a budget? Will you be able to encounter more fiscally reasonable alternatives to Magento Enterprise and similar third-party hosts? Each of these questions deserves to be briefly placed into the digital spotlight so that you can possess the knowledge to make an informed decision.

Why price is no longer the bottom line: long-term return on investment

Some business owners will focus entirely on the up-front costs associated with an e-commerce provider. This tends to be a slight mistake, as they fail to take into account the long-term ROI that can be expected. In many instances, any initial financial outlay will be dramatically offset by profits that may result in the future.

However, it is just as important to balance the price of a package with its innate sense of functionality. This is even more relevant when we consider the fact that software as a service (SaaS) has taken the online business community by storm. Here are a handful of questions which should always be asked before committing to any type of contract:

  • What type of uptime can you expect from the provider?
  • Can this software be integrated into your legacy systems?
  • Are you provided with a user-friendly edge or will you be required to learn a great deal of complicated coding?

This last question is particularly relevant, as some providers such as Magento have been engineered for developers as opposed to the average business owner or digital marketing specialist.


Obtaining a clear perspective

Price Factor E-Commerce - The Scales of Justice You should also place a great deal of effort into obtaining an objective perspective with regards to the service provider in question. Do not rely solely upon their claims (never forget that they are trying to sell a product). Scour the online community for reviews. Take a look at any testimonials that the e-commerce solution may offer. Has the firm received a fair amount of negative feedback and if so, does it appear to be justified? Making a sound decision should always take into account what others have had to say about their personal experiences.

It should now be abundantly clear that cost is not the only factor to address when choosing the best e-commerce provider for your business. Although you will still have to meet certain budgetary constraints, moderately priced packages tend to deliver the most sustainable results. So, be sure to compare and contrast the largest names in the industry so that you can make the appropriate decision.


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