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9 outstanding individuals receive Abu Dhabi Awards

ABU DHABI, March 13, 2018

The Abu Dhabi Awards 2018 honoured nine extraordinary individuals yesterday for their contributions in building and supporting the community of Abu Dhabi. 
 
The awards ceremony was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. 
 
This year, the awards joined the nation in commemorating 2018 as the Year of Zayed in recognition and gratitude of the legacy, values and principles of the nation’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
 
In a ceremony held at the Sea Palace Barza, Sheikh Mohamed honoured the award recipients and personally congratulated them for inspiring selfless generosity and kindness, presenting them with the Abu Dhabi Awards trophy and medal. 
 
Sheikh Mohamed said: "We meet here today to not only celebrate the achievements of these selfless individuals but also to inspire the nation to continue on this humanitarian path. It is with immense pleasure that we present these recipients with the highest honour Abu Dhabi bestows on exceptional individuals whose actions contribute to our community and reflect the compassion and tolerance of this prosperous country. With their ambitious vision, optimism, love for people and abiding patriotism, these individuals have earned the respect of the nation, and encouraged so many people in our community with their kindness and compassion.”
 
The recipients of the Abu Dhabi Awards 2018 include Sheikh Mubarak bin Qarran Al Mansoori, Farah Hashem Al Qaissieh, Dr George Mathew, Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al Abed, Dr Jayanti Maitra, Ali bin Manea Al Ahbabi, Fatima Ali Al Kaabi, Theban Salem Al Mheiri, and the late Dr Azzam Al Zoebie. 
 
This year, the nine recipients were recognized for a wide range of achievements across sports, national innovation, community initiatives, media development, medical research, educational training and development, and historical research to preserve and promote the culture of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.
 
As the Emirate’s highest civilian honour, the Abu Dhabi Awards were established in 2005 through the commitment of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to preserve the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed, by inspiring selfless generosity and compassion. 
 
The Abu Dhabi Awards are a biennial celebration that honours and gives recognition to individuals who have contributed in building a greater sense of community and social welfare within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with more than 100,000 nominations representing 135 nationalities received to date. The public is encouraged to nominate people who have contributed to building and supporting a community – regardless of age, nationality or gender – including Abu Dhabi citizens, residents and non-residents whose good deeds have benefited the Emirate, as well as Abu Dhabi citizens performing good deeds internationally.
 
The Abu Dhabi Awards 2018 recipients are:
Sheikh Mubarak bin Qarran Al Mansoori, UAE: Born in 1939 in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mubarak accompanied the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan throughout his youth. He is the chairman of the Western Region Judicial Department’s Conciliation Committee since 2007, and is also a member of the National Consultative Council. 
 
Farah Al Qaissieh, UAE: Farah Hashem Al Qaissieh grew up with a stutter, which impacted her ability to communicate with others. Over time, Farah overcame this speech disorder, and worked hard to change how society views a person with a stutter.  In 2013, Farah launched the “Stutter UAE” initiative, the country’s first support platform where people who suffer from stuttering can meet and interact. In 2016, Farah was featured in the documentary film “Just Another Accent”, which highlighted the challenges of stuttering. Farah is an assistant manager at Mubadala Emiratization.
 
Dr. George Mathew, USA: Dr George Mathew, known as “Matyous”, was one of the first doctors who came to Abu Dhabi five decades ago, and the first to work in a public hospital in Al Ain. Dr Mathew, born in 1940 in Kerala, India, held several positions including Medical Director of the Al Ain region in 1972, and Consultant at the Health Authority in 2001, where he made significant contributions to promote modern medical culture. 
 
Ibrahim Abdul Rahman Al Abed, UAE: Ibrahim Al Abed, currently Advisor to the National Media Council, is one of the most prominent and influential figures in the country’s media sector. Dr Al Abed is the Founder, and until last year, the director general of the Emirates News Agency (WAM). Al Abed graduated from the American University of Beirut with a major in Political Science and General Management. He won several awards, including the Media Personality of the Year Award in the 13th Arab Journalism Award in 2014 and the Taryam Omran Journalism Award in 2007.
 
Dr Jayanti Maitra, India: A UAE resident since 1982, Dr Jayanti Maitra is a historian and researcher, who has spent decades documenting and archiving UAE history. Her research has been presented in local and international forums, as well as, Abu Dhabi schools and universities. In 1996, Dr Maitra joined the National Archives, formerly the National Center for Documentation & Research, where she continues to contribute until today. Among her most prominent contributions to the documentation of UAE history was her vital role in co-writing “Qasr Al Hosn: The History of the Rulers of Abu Dhabi, 1793-1966” with Afra Al Hajji. She also authored the book “Zayed: From Challenges to Union”. 
 
Ali bin Mana bin Mifreh Al Ahbabi, UAE: Ali bin Mana Al Ahbabi, born in Al Ain in 1930, is well-known for his passion for education and extensive support of national initiatives. In 2008, Al Ahbabi received the “Ideal Parent” award from the Education and Knowledge Department, formerly known as Al Ain Educational Zone. He also chaired the Parents Council at Zayed Secondary School in Al Ain for nearly 10 years. In 2006 Al Ahbabi established the Ibn Battuta International Training Center dedicated to human resources and corporate development. 
 
Fatima Al Kaabi, UAE: Recognised as the youngest Emirati inventor in 2015, Fatima has had a passion for creativity and innovation since she was seven years old. For more than four years, Fatima has been making positive contributions to the community of Abu Dhabi by creating social platforms around innovation and creativity. In 2016, Fatima obtained an internationally accredited certification for peer-to-peer training and counselling. Fatima has also participated in more than 22 student activities and events covering all educational levels. Fatima has received many awards for her achievements, including the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoom Award for Distinguished Academic Performance in 2014, winner of the UAE Robot Olympics in 2014, the UAE Pioneer Award as UAE’s youngest inventor in 2015, the Arab Award for the Best 10 Inventors and Innovators of 2015, and the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak International Award for Arab Youth in 2017. 
 
Theban Salem Al Mheiri, UAE: Theban Al Mheiri is amongst the first UAE nationals to take part in sports for people with determination. Despite being partially paralyzed due to a spine injury that was the result of a car accident in 1994, he has since achieved significant sporting success, with a goal of actively serving the community of Abu Dhabi by the developing the UAE Paralympic team. In addition to his role as an administrator in the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, Al Mheiri serves as Secretary of the UAE Disabled Sports Federation. He also played a pivotal role in the Al Ain Club for the Disabled, from 1999 until 2010.  
 
Late Dr Azzam Al Zoebie, UAE: The late Dr. Azzam Al Zoebie made significant contributions to Abu Dhabi’s medical sector as Consultant and Division Head of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Sheikh Khalifa Medical Clinic (SKMC). For more than 12 years, Dr. Azam dedicated himself to raising awareness amongst patients and the community about blood diseases through the establishment of social groups and recreational events for young patients and their families. Dr. Azzam also played a vital role in developing the Hematology Division at SKMC, with particular emphasis on hematology research. He was a co-founder of the Emirates Society of Hematology. Dr. Azzam passed away in May 2017 after a struggle with cancer at the age of 51. - TradeArabia News Service
 



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