In a glitzy black-tie ceremony in Doha last week, Ricardo Karam, the Middle East’s answer to Piers Morgan, and the striking Al Jazeera anchor Laila Al Shaikhil, unveiled the winners of the second Takreem Awards: a lofty initiative that seeks to honour Arabs in various fields.

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In a glitzy black-tie ceremony in Doha last week, Ricardo Karam, the Middle East’s answer to Piers Morgan, and the striking Al Jazeera anchor Laila Al Shaikhil, unveiled the winners of the second Takreem Awards: a lofty initiative that seeks to honour Arabs in various fields.

The awards come at a perfect time. As the “Arab spring” unfolds, the laureates received their prizes in Qatar under the benevolent eye of its ruler – an astute choice given the country’s diplomatic drive and Takreem’s efforts to be taken seriously. “We want to be less like the Oscars and more like the Nobel prize,” admitted Claudia Berberi, its business development manager.

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