Gulfnews Staff Report
Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Awards received an outstanding 50,841 nominations this year, surpassing all expectations.
The annual recognition initiative pioneered by the Government of Abu Dhabi recognises the selfless contributions of individuals. Residents from Abu Dhabi nominated in their thousands at the many booths around the emirate, and through new methods introduced this year. These included roaming nomination stations, the website and fax and a dedicated Abu Dhabi Awards call centre, provided by Etisalat.
The Abu Dhabi Awards represent the commitment of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to preserve the legacy of the nation’s late father Shaikh Zayed.
General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Sup-reme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, praised the great response and the broad participation in the second year of the Abu Dhabi Awards.
Shaikh Mohammad said the great response reflected the gratitude that the community of Abu Dhabi had to those people who contributed selflessly to the betterment and development of society. He commented that it indicated the importance of the awards and the appreciation gained by its idea and noble goals.
Shaikh Mohammad added the response reveals the public’s awareness of their responsibilities towards supporting government initiatives to develop society.
Shaikh Mohammad filled in a nomination form and placed it one of the nomination boxes, demonstrating the Abu Dhabi government’s support of the awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Emirates Palace in early December.