An evening to remember

The best cars of 2016 were celebrated at a gala event hosted by wheels last night
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March 02, 2017
Johannes Seibert, managing director, BMW Group Middle East, with the two awards he collected for the BMW M2
Johannes Seibert, managing director, BMW Group Middle East, with the two awards he collected for the BMW M2(1/21)
A few of the Readers’ Choice finalists displayed at the event
A few of the Readers’ Choice finalists displayed at the event(2/21)
Guests interact at the 2017 wheels Car of the Year awards night
Guests interact at the 2017 wheels Car of the Year awards night(3/21)
Dr. Hamid Haqparwar, director sales and marketing, Silke Brigl, head of Corporate Communications, and Johannes Siebert, managing director, of BMW Group Middle East
Dr. Hamid Haqparwar, director sales and marketing, Silke Brigl, head of Corporate Communications, and Johannes Siebert, managing director, of BMW Group Middle East(4/21)
Philip Mayling, ‎head of sales, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars - ‎Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East, and Andreas Bueckmann, director of sales and marketing, Daimler Middle East
Philip Mayling, ‎head of sales, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars - ‎Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East, and Andreas Bueckmann, director of sales and marketing, Daimler Middle East(5/21)
Michelle Hogan, public relations manager Volkswagen Middle East, Andrew Savvas, marketing director, Volkswagen Middle East, Janice Hinson, PR manager, Audi Middle East, and Zantelle Van Der Linde, marketing and PR manager, Lamborghini Middle East and Africa
Michelle Hogan, public relations manager Volkswagen Middle East, Andrew Savvas, director, Volkswagen Middle East, Janice Hinson, PR manager, Audi Middle East, and Zantelle Van Der Linde, marketing and PR manager, Lamborghini Middle East and Africa(6/21)
Guests interact at the 2017 wheels Car of the Year awards night
Guests interact at the 2017 wheels Car of the Year awards night(7/21)
Gaydzag Terterian, associate PR manager, and Suzan Kazzi, head of Communications, Al-Futtaim Motors, with our guest judge Gautam Sharma
Gaydzag Terterian, associate PR manager, and Suzan Kazzi, head of Communications, Al-Futtaim Motors, with our guest judge Gautam Sharma(8/21)
Abdul Hamid Ahmad, executive director publications and editor in chief, Gulf News, K.C. Nissar, personnel and administration manager, Gulf News, Rajiv Khanna, commercial director, Gulf News, and Amit Benjamin, group motoring editor, wheels
Abdul Hamid Ahmad, executive director publications and editor in chief, Gulf News, K.C. Nissar, personnel and administration manager, Gulf News, Rajiv Khanna, commercial director, Gulf News, and Amit Benjamin, group motoring editor, wheels(9/21)
Jonathan Kanaa, Michelle Hogan and Ronald Balit
Jonathan Kanaa, Michelle Hogan and Ronald Balit(10/21)
Sulieman Qadoomy, assistant marketing manager, Al Majid Motors-Kia, Dara Husseini, account manager and Reem Masswadeh, senior account manager, Cicero and Bernay
Sulieman Qadoomy, assistant marketing manager, Al Majid Motors-Kia, Dara Husseini, account manager and Reem Masswadeh, senior account manager, Cicero and Bernay(11/21)
Abdullah Madhoun, regional sales and marketing manager, Chevrolet Middle East Operations, receives the award for Best City Car from Amit Benjamin
Abdullah Madhoun, regional sales and marketing manager, Chevrolet Middle East Operations, receives the award for Best City Car from Amit Benjamin(12/21)
Michelle Hogan, public relations manager Volkswagen Middle East, accepts the award for the Best Hot Hatch from Amit Benjamin
Michelle Hogan, public relations manager Volkswagen Middle East, accepts the award for the Best Hot Hatch from Amit Benjamin(13/21)
Andreas Bueckmann, director of sales and marketing, Daimler Middle East, receives the award for Best Executive Saloon from Rajiv Khanna, commercial director, Gulf News
Andreas Bueckmann, director of sales and marketing, Daimler Middle East, receives the award for Best Executive Saloon from Rajiv Khanna, commercial director, Gulf News(14/21)
Justin Weaving, regional network director, Jaguar Land Rover Middle East, accepts the award for Best Luxury Crossover from Abdul Hamid Ahmad, executive director publications and editor in chief, Gulf News
Justin Weaving, regional network director, Jaguar Land Rover Middle East, accepts the award for Best Luxury Crossover from Abdul Hamid Ahmad, executive director publications and editor in chief, Gulf News(15/21)
Firas Kandalaft, marketing manager, Bentley Motors Middle East, Africa and India, receives the award from Gary Hartstein, former F1 medical delegate and guest judge
Firas Kandalaft, marketing manager, Bentley Motors Middle East, Africa and India, receives the award from Gary Hartstein, former F1 medical delegate and guest judge(16/21)
Hossam Hosni, vice president – Ferrari and Maserati at Al Tayer Motors, accepts the trophy for the Best GT from Alex Hirschi, supercar vlogger and guest judge
Hossam Hosni, vice president – Ferrari and Maserati at Al Tayer Motors, accepts the trophy for the Best GT from Alex Hirschi, supercar vlogger and guest judge (17/21)
Mukesh M. Mansukhani accepts the My Wheels of the Year award from Mohammed Shariq, automotive sales and marketing manager of Mobil 1.
Mukesh M. Mansukhani accepts the My Wheels of the Year award from Mohammed Shariq, automotive sales and marketing manager of Mobil 1.(18/21)
Amit Benjamin, group motoring editor, wheels, K.C. Nissar, personnel and administration manager, Gulf News, Abdul Hamid Ahmad, executive director publications and editor in chief, Gulf News, and Rajiv Khanna, commercial director, Gulf News
Amit Benjamin, group motoring editor, wheels, K.C. Nissar, personnel and administration manager, Gulf News, Abdul Hamid Ahmad, executive director publications and editor in chief, Gulf News, and Rajiv Khanna, commercial director, Gulf News(19/21)
Lee Newton, marketing director, Porsche Middle East, Zantelle Van Der Linde, marketing and PR manager, Lamborghini Middle East and Africa, Firas Kandalaft, marketing manager, Bentley Motors Middle East, Africa and India, Michelle Hogan, public relations manager Volkswagen Middle East, Khalid Al-Sabi, public relations officer, Audi Middle East, and Aladin Aburamadan, public relations officer, Volkswagen Middle East.
Lee Newton, marketing director, Porsche Middle East, Zantelle Van Der Linde, marketing and PR manager, Lamborghini Middle East and Africa, Firas Kandalaft, marketing manager, Bentley Motors Middle East, Africa and India, Michelle Hogan, public relations manager Volkswagen Middle East, Khalid Al-Sabi, public relations officer, Audi Middle East, and Aladin Aburamadan, public relations officer, Volkswagen Middle East.(20/21)
Gautam Sharma, veteran motoring journalist and guest judge, Adonica Rodricks, marketing assistant, Gulf News, wheels features writer Imran Malik, deputy editor Sony Thomas, group motoring editor Amit Benjamin, Arabic editor Fadi Takieddine, web content editor Kinan Al Habbal, Umair Ahmed, junior marketing assistant, Mariam Hozefa, senior account group manager, and Umera Haji, relationship manager, magazine sales, Gulf News
Gautam Sharma, veteran motoring journalist and guest judge, Adonica Rodricks, marketing assistant, Gulf News, wheels features writer Imran Malik, deputy editor Sony Thomas, group motoring editor Amit Benjamin, Arabic editor Fadi Takieddine, web content editor Kinan Al Habbal, Umair Ahmed, junior marketing assistant, Mariam Hozefa, senior account group manager, and Umera Haji, relationship manager, magazine sales, Gulf News(21/21)

The 8th edition of the wheels Car of the Year awards was held last night at the Waldorf Astoria on the Palm Jumeirah. Joining the wheels team at the region’s most prestigious and coveted awards event was the most prominent names from the Middle East automotive industry.

Here’s a gallery of photos from the evening.