The second edition of the Middle East Cleaning, Hygiene & Facilities Awards was recently held at Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai on April 18, 2019. The evening brought together over 300 guests from the cleaning, hygiene and FM industry and representatives from recognised hospitality groups, hospitals and developers under one roof. The event was supported by Gold Sponsor: Intercare Ltd, Silver Sponsor: Kärcher Middle East, Dinner Sponsor: Diversey and Lanyard Sponsor Dussmann Gulf. The category sponsors included: EPSCO; Kimberly Clark Professional; Diversey; Grako; Rons Enviro Care; Khansaheb, Ejadah; Chemex; and ServeU.
The gala event began with a networking session allowing the guests including the suppliers, service providers and the end users to connect and interact. MECHF Awards is a celebration of success and excellence in the commercial and institutional cleaning, hygiene and soft FM industries in the region; hence there was a perfect mix of categories such as The Best Maintained Public Washroom, Excellence in Food Hygiene, Excellence in Infection Control in Healthcare, Excellence in Training, Commitment to Sustainability along with awards like Top Cleaning Company of the Year, The Specialised Cleaning Company of the Year, The Best Hotel Housekeeper, etc., catering to various stakeholders in the cleaning and hygiene sector.
This year the event received an overwhelming response from the industry with the presence of the who’s who. The ballroom was filled with excitement and glee after the announcement of every category! The 2nd edition of the awards received over 140 nominations in 15 categories, which was judged by an independent panel of six jury members who worked painstakingly on each nomination and delivered the results exceptionally within record time. The esteemed jury comprised some of the industry’s most experienced professionals. The highlight of the event was the newly introduced category the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to John Colley, Chairman of Intercare Ltd. Colley has been associated with the cleaning and hygiene industry for almost 50 years and has made a huge contribution in the growth and development of this industry in the region. Due to some unforeseen reasons Colley couldn’t attend this event and his award was received by his daughter Mia on his behalf.
Another remarkable achievement observed during the event was The Best Supplier-End User Partnership won by Kärcher Middle East and Siraj Power. Kärcher and Siraj Power have taken on the challenge of cleaning large solar panel installations across the UAE. With parameters like cleaning methods, efficiencies, time and electricity generation, both companies are working towards green technologies and green efficiency. These are just amongst the many awards that were given out across the span on the evening, which concluded on a grand note with the Industry Personality of the Year Award being presented to Pamini Hemaprabha, Complex Executive Housekeeper, The Westin Mina Seyahi Complex, Marriott