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Italian honour for Shaikha Lubna

posted on 12/09/2007: 1511 views

The UAE Minister of Economy, Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, has become the first Arab woman to win the ‘Stella Re' prize from one of the world's most well known centres for contemporary art and culture.

Shaikha Lubna also became the second woman ever to win the prize which is awarded by the Italian ‘Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo' foundation. "I do not see this prize as a recognition of my individual accomplishments, but rather as recognition of women's growing contribution to society all around the world,” Shaikha Lubna said in her speech at the award ceremony held on September 10 in Turin.

She said she "would like to dedicate (the prize) to all women who are achieving their personal and career goals, however large or small.” The ‘Stella Re' prize is awarded annually to only one woman who strives to make a difference to contemporary society and culture through her innovative work, dedication and ideas. Shaikha Lubna was selected for the prize by a special panel headed by Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, and comprised prominent Italian business professionals. The first edition of the prestigious annual prize for women was awarded to Franca Sozzani, Director of Vogue Magazine, Italy.

The prize was established in 2006 by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo to honour women who have generated ideas, brought innovation and have revolutionised our way of reading and facing reality.

The Foundation officially opened its current headquarters — known as the XX Gallery — in September 2002, and serves as a permanent observatory on issues, conditions and the situation surrounding women of today.

UAE's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) was one of the sponsors of the event, which was attended by Ambassador Paolo Dionisi, Italy's Ambassador to the UAE, UAE Ambassador to Italy Abdul Hameed Abdul Fattah Kazim, Ms Sandretto Re Rebaudengo as well as an audience of around 150 prominent people from the Italian business and art communities.

Speaking also on efforts to boost cultural and economic ties between UAE and Italy, Shaikha Lubna said: "With thousands of expatriate Italians living in the UAE, our governments are continuing to actively promote bilateral investments and increase the opportunities for further cooperation between our two countries.”

In her two-day trip to Italy, Shaikha Lubna participated in several conferences and forums with key Italian businesses, professionals and businesswomen. She also participated in a conference on UAE-Italy economic relations. Among the participants were Piedmont Region and Turin Authorities, and by the Italian Association of Businesswomen.

During the said meetings, Shaikha Lubna highlighted the UAE's burgeoning cultural development, and initiatives being undertaken throughout the country to promote greater participation by women in the workforce.


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