The Sharjah Top 10 Businesses Award


About the Award

For the past 26 years, we at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry have brought together business organizations striving for sustainable excellence. Through our network small and medium private enterprises from every commercial sector in Sharjah, we have shared know-how and proven business strategies to help organizations implement sound business practices. We have also recognized the achievements of Sharjah enterprises through the old award.

In 2016, the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented a new award, the Sharjah Top 10 Businesses Award, which is a not-for-profit, business excellence award committed to helping private sector organizations in Sharjah drive performance improvement. The Sharjah Top 10 Businesses Award draws on the Excellence Model of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) a comprehensive management framework used by over 30,000 organizations across the world. To help organizations implement the EFQM Excellence Model, we at shjSEEN provide training and assessment tools developed by experts and professional assessors for all levels of organizational maturity.


We also gather information about corporate best practices and communicate this information through our network. We at shjSEEN aim to share what works, through case studies, online webinars, working groups, on-site assessments, conferences and thematic events.


About EFQM Excellence Model

The renowned EFQM Excellence Model is a non-prescriptive framework for building a holistic overview of any organization, regardless of size, sector or maturity. Over the past 20 years, the EFQM Excellence Model has been a blueprint for EFQM members and organizations across and beyond Europe to develop a culture of excellence, access good practices, drive innovation and improve results.

Organizations using the EFQM Excellence Model have become more attentive to the needs of their stakeholders. They have learned how to learn, innovate and improve their overall performance. Their leaders have increased their abilities to take informed decisions and understand the drivers of their strategy. Many organizations benefitting from the EFQM framework have acted as role models for other organizations. Award-winning management practices have been re-used and adapted through EFQM 'sharing what works'. This has led to a significant reduction of waste, increased economic efficiency and improved societal relations.

Top 10 Business Categories

  • Manufacturing sector

  • Trade and Repairing Services sector

  • Real Estate and Business Services sector

  • Tourism and Hospitality sector

  • Construction sector

  • Financial Services sector

  • Transportation and Logistics sector

  • Education sector

  • Health Care sector

  • Digital Services sector


Participation Fees: 15,000 AED

Important Notes:

  • Filling this registration form does not bind the applicant to make submission, however a serious attempt at preparing the final submission document is expected.

  • Applicant is expected to submit the final submission document before the date specified by ShjSEEN Award. This document must reflect the applicant’s organization as it currently stands against the Award criteria.

  • Applicant must start as early as possible. Do not underestimate the time it takes to produce a good submission document.

  • Upon receipt of the submission document by shjSEEN Award team, the applicant will be entitled to further updates about the Award together with any other booklets, seminars, events and courses organized by shjSEEN Award.

List of Required Documents

  • Registration Form.

  • Applicant Organization Profile.

  • Applicant Organization organizational structure.

  • Valid copy of Applicant Trade License.

  • Valid copy of Applicant Membership

    (Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

  • Summary of achievements, activities and accomplishments.

    (Copies of relevant documents to be attached)

Writing Standards

  • Follow Format/ Margin sent.

  • No. of Pages in Submission Document: 35 Pgs. max.

  • Follow Heading and Sub-heading numeration.

  • Language: Arabic / English.

  • Font Size: 12

  • Font Type: Arial/ Times New Roman.

  • Dividers: Dividers do not count towards number of pages.

  • Front Cover

  • Standards for Charts and for Diagrams

  • Numbered Attachments.

Terms & Conditions

  • The applicant organization must be based in the Emirate of Sharjah.

  • The applicant organization must have a valid license and a membership in Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry or a license from any of the Sharjah Free Zone Authorities.

  • The applicant organization must exceed three years of operation

  • The applicant organization must have sound financial and legal standing.

  • The applicant organization should abide by the award deadlines.

  • The winning applicant organization can re-participate again in the award after 2 cycles only.

  • The Assessors may request supplementary data from the applicants and will conduct site visits during the evaluation period.

  • The Assessors reserve the right to authenticate the data provided in the submission file if required.

  • The applicant organization is expected to participate in the award ceremony.

  • Winners will be subject to wide media coverage after the award ceremony.

  • Winners may use the award logo for a maximum of three years after receiving the award.

  • The decision of the Board of Trustees regarding the selection of the winners is final.

How to Apply

  • The applicant organization can apply for the Sharjah Top 10 Businesses Award through our website

  • The applicant organization will receive a confirmation email.

  • The shjSEEN Award Team will contact the applicant organization.

  • The applicant organization will be asked to send fully completed documents required to check for eligibility.


  • A Free Chamber Membership Certificate for one year

  • 50% discount on fees of using the facilities of the World Trade Club in Sharjah Chamber.

  • A free advertisement page in “Al Tijarah” magazine, issued by chamber.

  • Special rates for participating in exhibitions and events of Sharjah Expo Exhibition Centre.

  • Free participation “space” in any of the foreign exhibitions the chamber participates in. Ticket and accommodation for one representative might be covered for some exhibitions.

  • Special rates for advertising on Sharjah radio and TV

  • The usage of the shjSEEN logo designed for each Awards category winner for three years

  • Circulation of the list of winners among the VIP lists of government departments in Sharjah

  • Listing of the winning organizations on the Wall of Fame in the Chamber’s building and at the entrance of Sharjah Expo Exhibition Centre

  • Free usage of the chamber’s facilities, including any of the conference halls and training rooms for one day.

  • An opportunity to share the winner organization’s best practice during the Annual Master Class

  • A free professional assessment evaluation document addressing the strengths and areas for improvement by professional experts