Etisalat has been awarded the Middle East Business Global Competitiveness Excellence Award in recognition of its contribution to the infrastructural development of the UAE.
The telecommunications group was praised for its ongoing excellence in the spheres of innovation, service and competence.
"It is a company of huge stature - both in terms of its size and in the size of the business it handles. Etisalat is the company that bridges the region to the rest of the world," said Ali Al Kamel, chairman of the Middle East Excellence Awards Institute.
Such qualities may make Etisalat a preferred telecoms supplier for those who are buying property for sale in Dubai.
Receiving the award, Etisalat's chief corporate affairs officer Nasser Bin Obood, said that the accolade was welcome recognition of its commitment to improving public and private telecoms infrastructure throughout the UAE.
Among the big contracts recently clinched by Etisalat is a new managed wide-area network optimisation agreement with Citibank.