In normal circumstances, the TPMEA Awards are a chance for the hardworking men and women of the Middle East’s live events industry to come together for a good old-fashioned knees-up. A chance to let their hair down, catch up with old mates and celebrate those who have been at the top of their game throughout the busy events season.

Of course, the current climate dictated that organising our annual soiree at Dubai’s Hard Rock Café would not be possible at this time and, as with every other large gathering all over the world, unfortunately the TPMEA Awards 2020 had to be postponed.

But the show must go on… and with a record number of nominations already received, there was no way we were going to cancel completely. While it was clear that meeting in person was going to be nigh-on impossible for the foreseeable future, the idea of a virtual event – something that we’re seeing more and more of nowadays for obvious reasons – came to the fore.

Enter GAME.AE: A specialist in video production and show direction, who worked with us every step of the way to produce a stunning virtual awards ceremony, complete with 3D stage and all the bells and whistles. With the comedic stylings of our regular Master of Ceremonies, the inimitable Stuee Kennedy, keeping a Facebook Live viewership of more than 600 people entertained, the event went off without a hitch.

This year, as always, some of the industry’s best and brightest have been honoured with awards. Congratulations to all the winners.