Osman Sultan, CEO, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) received ‘Lifetime Achievement of the Year’ at the Arabian Business Technology Awards. The awardrecognized 35 years of outstanding service in the ICT sector.
The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges Sultan as an industry pioneer who has helped shape and inspire the Middle East and Africa region's telecommunications market. In receiving the Award Sultan credited his success to Passion and People.
Passion for his job, for an industry that is changing everything and more importantly for people. He thanked his family and all the people he worked with throughout his illustrious career.
He highlighted that one of his greatest prides is having 22 persons who worked with him throughout different stages of his career and who have now established themselves as leaders in their field across the world.
Recounting his successes, Sultan recounted his journey since the launch of du in 2006 and its role in one of the region's fastest-growing and rapidly changing telecoms sector. “The road to success is never easy. It has been a rough journey yet a very rewarding one. EITC has been at the vanguard of the UAE transformation agenda since its inception, and it has been my great honor to have been the founding CEO of something that became a vital part of the UAE infrastructure and economic fabric.
I thank Arabian Business for this distinction and our loyal customers for their support in this auspicious journey.My sincere thanks also go to my exceptional team at du – together we stand committed to continuing our efforts in offering unparalleled value, availability and choice of telecommunications products and services across the region.”
The ceremony brought together the leading companies and pioneers that are making their mark on the way technology achievements are effecting business in the region.
“It is fair to say that by being at the helm of one of the largest technology companies in the country, Osman Sultan has been one of the main personalities who has helped steer that revolution and bring about positive change for almost every resident in the UAE,” said Shane McGinley, Editorial Director, Arabian Business.
The award reaffirms the visionary leadership of Osman Sultan’s under whose guidance du has quickly consolidated its position as the forward-thinking telecommunications provider of the UAE, offering smart, user-friendly telecom solutions to individuals, homes and businesses, as well as carrier services and broadcast services. Since Sultan founded du-EITC, it has risen to gain a 47% stake in the UAE telecommunications market. The company reported a net profit of AED1.78 billion in 2018.
TheArabian Business Technology Awards recognized achievements in AI, digitazion, e-commerce and individual excellence. Winner were selected by the Arabian Business editorial panel and announced at a lavish gala dinner, following the Arabian Business Technology Forum.