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Nominations for Abu Dhabi Awards open from April 21

16 April 2013

The nominations for the seventh edition of Abu Dhabi Awards will open on April 21 and will continue till May 31, organisers announced on Monday.

The Government of Abu Dhabi, under the directives of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, launched the awards in 2005 to celebrate compassionate individuals who have selflessly volunteered their time to build and support the community of the emirate.

Under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Awards is designed to recognise everyday heroes in the community.

Record numbers are expected when nominations open for the Abu Dhabi Awards on April 21.

“Since 2005, there have been 56 award recipients, each of whom truly reflected the spirit of generosity of this emirate. As the seventh campaign begins, the nominations will again reveal more deserving people who have selflessly contributed to our community,” said a spokesperson of the Organising Committee.

According to the committee, anyone who has made a positive impact on the emirate can submit their nomination papers for the award.

This year, the public is being urged to nominate more than one person in the community — people who are really making a difference.

This year’s media partner is Abu Dhabi Media whose executive director of Marketing Communications Shamma Al-Khazraji said: “The Abu Dhabi Awards play an important role in recognising excellence within our society. As a media company that is committed to supporting our local community, Abu Dhabi Media is proud to be on board as the official media partner of the Abu Dhabi Awards for 2013. We look forward to seeing the inspiring individuals recognised in this year’s awards.”

Ahmed Al Hashemi, senior vice-president of Marketing Communication at Etisalat, said they are also proud to be associated with the award that encourages people to work harder for the emirate’s further progress.

He said: “The UAE is a melting pot of talent from across the world. There are many who have strived for the development of the emirate. These individuals have been able to achieve success due to the support and vision of our leaders.

“Etisalat is proud to be associated with such a prestigious award and is looking forward to help drive nominations during the six-week campaign. We are confident that this honour will recognise the achievements and bring these well-deserved individuals into the spotlight of local and global audiences.”

Maitha Al Habsi, manager of the Takatof, a volunteer social programme, said: “We are very happy that our volunteers are involved in Abu Dhabi Awards again this year.

“Our participation helps build on the experiences and achievements that Takatof volunteers have from working on Abu Dhabi Awards in previous years.

“We have thoroughly prepared for this year’s Abu Dhabi Awards and will be helping in the whole process — especially in the nomination period from April 21 to May 31. Our volunteers are ready, willing and able for Abu Dhabi Awards 2013.”


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