These were last year's winners - will it be you this year? These were last year's winners - will it be you this year?

The Hotelier Middle East Awards 2017 will reveal the winners at a gala ceremony that will take place at 7pm on October 25, 2017, at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai.

There are 17 categories set to be handed out, and anticipation is running high.

The categories range across a number of job roles in the hospitality industry, from Housekeeper of the Year, to GM of the Year, to IT Person of the Year, through to Unsung Hero of the Year.

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The Hotelier Middle East Awards 2017 is supported by a number of industry partners: silver sponsor SNS; category sponsors SIAL Middle East, A. Ronai, Diversey, Jung, OSN for Business, Jackson Dallmayr, and Pulsar Foodstuff; event sponsor Party Social; floral sponsor Forever Rose London; water sponsor Acqua Panna & S.Pellegrino; and beverage sponsors MMI and Bacardi.

As always, the identities of the winning individuals and team are a closely guarded secret. The judging process is an intense session - check out our video from this year's judges' meeting, before reminding yourself of the shortlisted nominees through the handy links at the end of this story. Also keep up-to-date with all the updates from the event, by following the official hashtag #HotelierAwards on Instagram and Twitter, and well as tuning in to our live feed on our Facebook page.

Click through the categories below for another look at the shortlisted nominees:

  1. F&B Manager of the Year
  2. Young Hotelier of the Year
  3. Safety & Security Person of the Year
  4. Procurement Person of the Year
  5. Finance Person of the Year
  6. Marketing & PR Person of the Year
  7. Hotel Team of the Year
  8. HR & Training Person of the Year
  9. GM of the Year
  10. Sales Person of the Year
  11. Unsung Hero of the Year
  12. Concierge/Guest Services Person of the Year
  13. Hotel Engineer of the Year
  14. IT Person of the Year
  15. Executive Chef of the Year
  16. Fitness/Spa Person of the Year
  17. Housekeeper of the Year