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Three Britons living in UAE are honoured by Queen Elizabeth

Paul Griffiths, Robert Stokoe and Sandra Owen were recognised for their contributions to music, education and the British community in the UAE.



By Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 15 Jun 2015, 11:31 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:47 PM

Dubai - On the occasion of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday celebrations this weekend, three British nationals living in the UAE were honoured for their services to the UK overseas.

Paul Griffiths, Robert Stokoe and Sandra Owen were recognised for their contributions to music, education and the British community in the UAE.

As chief executive officer of Dubai Airports and vice-president of the Royal College of Organists, Griffiths received a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his services to British prosperity and music.

Stokoe, who is the director at Jumeirah English Speaking School in Dubai, received an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to education. Owen, who is the governor at The British Community Assistance Fund, received a Member of the British Empire (MBE).

Speaking proudly on the occasion, British Ambassador to the UAE, Philip Parham, talked of his “immense pride” regarding the work of his fellow compatriots here. “From the building and designing of the UAE’s most iconic infrastructure to the running of its biggest projects, British contributions can be seen everywhere.”

He said the honours bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II are one way in which these men and women in business are being recognised for their achievements and said it will encourage others to do the same here. “I am delighted that Sandra, Robert and Paul have been recognised in The Queen’s 2015 birthday honours list for their contributions, which have benefitted both the UK and the UAE. Congratulations to them all for their deserved recognition.” 

British Consul-General, Edward Hobart, said the three honourees are manifestations of the “historic and strong partnership” between the UK and the UAE.

“Sandra and Robert have educated and supported thousands of Dubai residents. They have served not only the British but far wider interests, playing leading roles in this diverse community. Paul, throughout his career in business and as a top class organist, has exemplified the best of British leadership and innovation.”

Also recognised with an MBE for services to education was Mark Leppard, who is residing in Qatar and will soon take over as headmaster at the British School of Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi. 

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