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Abu Dhabi Awards winners honoured

posted on 07/12/2005: 1667 views

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Monday night attended the Abu Dhabi Awards ceremony held at the Emirates Palace Hotel. The event is an annual recognition initiative by the Government of Abu Dhabi.

The 10 winners of the Abu Dhabi Awards, who were selected from some 10,000 nominations, were presented the Awards in recognition of their contributions to the emirate. He also decorated the national and expatriate winners with the Abu Dhabi Medal given in appreciation of their distinguished contributions to the advancement of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

This is an unprecedented initiative undertaken by the Government of Abu Dhabi to recognise extraordinary individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the Abu Dhabi community. The emirate-wide nomination campaign, which officially closed on October 21, is seen as a major success due to the overwhelmingly positive response received from the emirate.

The winners are: Hamad Al Khaieli, Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Abdul Jalil Al Fahim (honoured posthumously), Edward Wilson (British), Amira Al Shaibani, Dr Rodha Al Mutawa, Huda Kanoo (Bahraini), Maryann Kennedy (American), Sally Beng (British) and B. R. Shetty (Indian).

In a speech, Gen. Sheikh Mohammed lauded the contributions of the winners. He said there were many nominations of people who made great contributions, but said those selected made much more than what was expected of them in serving the emirate.

He said the Abu Dhabi Awards will continue to be an annual event and hoped to see more honoured contributors in the coming years. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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