(Abu Dhabi) – General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented awards to ten exceptional individuals during the biennial Abu Dhabi Awards special ceremony held at the Emirates Palace Hotel.
Over 22,000 nominations were put forward for the sixth edition of the awards for contributions in various sectors which include the environment, health, community awareness, education and culture and heritage. The 10 individuals that clinched the award are; Aqeeda Ali Al Muhairi, Dr. Jamal Ali Sanad Al Suwaidi, Alain Saint-Hilaire, Dr. Maha Taysir Barakat, Abdul Muqeet Abdul Mannan, Sultan Rashed Al Dhaheri, Salem Rashed Al Mohanadi, Dr. Taisser Atrak, Al Sayed Abdulla Al Sayed Mohamed Al Sayed Al Hashimi and the late Al Shaikh Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz.
“It was such a big surprise… and enormously touching because it shows that our efforts are accepted by the community”, Dr Maha said.
“I didn’t expect to be nominated or even awarded but I’m very proud to have received it”, Alain Saint-Hilaire said.