Surprise wins, aerial dancers, and a record breaking charity auction – the AIBC Dubai Awards evening was full of standout moments
Alongside premier networking opportunities, the gala event brings together luminaries in the industry for an evening of recognition and celebration of achievement, attracting a guest list of over 300 esteemed individuals to its inaugural debut.
Aside from shining a spotlight on some of the most intriguing and creative projects to change the face of the sphere. The Asia Awards also featured an art auction – with all proceeds diverted to the SiGMA Foundation.
Guests arrived to the soulful sounds of a saxophone for networking drinks before heading to the Al Baraha ballroom at the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City for the gala event – an evening which forms part of the AIBC Asia expo taking place from 20th to 23rd March in Dubai.
The AIBC Dubai Awards night, which is brought to you by the Ruby Family Foundation, and My Liquidity Partner, kicked off with a masterful display from Cross the Ages, with costumed warriors from the game performing a skilled display of swordplay to the rhythmic beat of drums as they made their way through the crowd.
Here are the evening’s winners:
VC of the year
New Tribe Capital
Blockchain Podcast of the year
Crypto Affiliate of the year
Crypto Trading platform of the year
Exchange of the year
KYC Solution of the year
Launchpad of the year
Mass Adoption of the year
Payment provider of the year
Social Impact of the year
Gamefi project of the year
Cross the ages
NFT Project of the year
Metaverse of the year
Investor of the year
Mr Bijan Alizadeh
Blockchain Adviser of the year
Staking Platform of the year
AI Application of the year
Cybersecurity provider of the year
Blockchain Protocol of the year
Crypto Influencer of the year
Crypto Media of the year
Blockchain Solution of the year
Outstanding contribution of the year
Marwan Al Zarouni
Outstanding UAE leadership of the year
Adnan Al Noorani
SiGMA Foundation’s Charity Auction
Closing off the evening was an auction, the proceeds of which were diverted to SiGMA Group’s charitable arm – SiGMA Foundation. In what turned out to be a nail biting live round of bidding, the 3 art pieces up on the block all went for several times their initial bidding price. First up was The bitskull of Mrs Mary Crawley by NFT artist Gnomevil, which sold for 11,000 Euro. The skull of Mrs. Crawley is part of the Bitskull collection that contains five pieces in total. This collection represents skulls of the wealthiest fictional characters and what they represent, feeding on bitcoins. Like all Gnomevil artworks, it has a small squid emoji hidden somewhere in the piece as the authentication and signature of the author.
Next up was an oil painting – Nano, by Derek Mason – an artist who has exhibited several times at the AIBC Awards.
Derek’s first private exhibition in 2016 was a runaway success with over a third of the selected works finding their way into private collections on and off the island, including 2 pieces from Malta Week’s auction in 2021 which are currently physically displayed in the Burj Khalifa as well as in a metaverse-based office. Nano eventually went for 13 thousand euros after several last minute bids.
The last item was the graffiti style piece by Red and Zoow24, which was bought for 7,500 Euro by Adnan Al Noorani, The Chairman of the Board of The Private Office of Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi.
“On behalf of His Excellency, the Chairman of the Board, Adnan Al Noorani, we thank you very much – all I have to say is God bless you.”