Shaikh Mohammad presents an award that is jointly received by Salma Hareb, the CEO of Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, and Ebrahim Mohammad Al Janahi, Deputy CEO of Jafza and chief commercial officer of Economic Zones World. Image Credit: WAM

Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended the 21st Business Excellence Awards ceremony hosted by the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai and honoured the winners of the Dubai Quality Award (DQA). The ceremony was also attended by Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and President of the International Olympic Committee.

Jebel Ali Free Zone (free zones sector), Enoc Retail (trade), Wasl (services), RTA Licensing Agency (government), Zulekha Hospital (health care), Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (health care), Al Ain Hospital — Seha (health care), Corniche Hospital (health care), Al Gharbia Hospitals (health care) and Jumeirah Emirates Towers (tourism) received the Dubai Quality Award from Shaikh Mohammad.

Altogether 54 winners were honoured under the three categories of the Business Excellence Awards — Dubai Quality Award, Dubai Human Development Award (DHDA) and Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) — for their outstanding pursuit of excellence during 2014.

Speaking on the occasion, Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of DED, said the Business Excellence Awards have helped evolve a culture of excellence and differentiate businesses over the years while also witnessing a steady rise in the number of applicants from both the government and private sectors.

“The Department of Economic Development is constantly working on developing new standards for the Business Excellence Awards, to promote competition among businesses and organisations across various fields and vital sectors. The next phase of the Awards will see many qualitative developments and additions, which will make it further important for businesses to participate and win,” Al Qamzi said.

“To celebrate the commitment of visionary leaders to quality and excellence, we are pleased to announce that DED, in partnership with the American Society for Quality, will launch the ASQ UAE Professional Award 2015. The Award is the first of its kind in the region, and seeks to recognise excellent contributions from Quality Professionals in the UAE. In 69 years of ASQ’s history, this is the first time the Award is established outside of Americas,” added Al Qamzi.

Dubai Quality Appreciation Award

Emirates NBD (finance), Enoc Tasjeel (services), Al Ghandi Auto (trade), Scientechnic (trade), Nasser Bin Abdullatif Al Serkal Est. – Bridgestone Tyres (trade), Apparel Group (retail), Medcare Hospital (health care), Tawam Hospital (health care), Mafraq Hospital (health care), Al Rahba Hospital (health care), Seha Dialysis Services (health care), Al Serkal Envirol (manufacturing), Power Cleaning Services and Building Maintenance (services) and Lin Scan Advanced Pipeline and Tank Services (services), received the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award from Shaikh Maktoum.

Shaikh Maktoum also honoured the winners in the three categories of the Dubai Human Development Award. Dubai Ports World (DP World – UAE region) from the logistics sector received the Dubai Human Development Gold Award while Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (both from the government sector) received the Dubai Human Development Award. Jebel Ali Free Zone, besides Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (both from the free zones sector), Dubai Municipality, Ministry of Finance, Al Ain City Municipality, Fujairah Police GHQ (all from the government sector), National Gas Shipping Company, Abu Dhabi National Tanker Co. (both from transportation sector), Drydocks World and Maritime World - Dubai (manufacturing), Scientechnic (trade) and Al Ain Hospital- Seha (health care) were the winners of the Dubai Human Development Appreciation Award.

Shaikh Ahmad honoured the 16 Best Service Performance Brands recognised under the Dubai Service Excellence Scheme. Optx 2020 (opticals), Le Chateau (clothing), Samsonite (general retail), Al Rostamani International Exchange (money exchange services), Pure Gold Jewellers (jewellery), Majid Al Futtaim Finance – Prepaid Cards (contact centre), Aafaq Islamic Finance (services), India Palace Restaurant (restaurant), Barista (cafe), Arabian Automobiles Company – Renault (automobile showroom), Marina Home Interiors (furniture), Skechers (footwear), dnata Travel (travel services), Eros Group (electronics), Aster Pharmacy Group – Aster (pharmacy), Commercial Bank of Dubai (retail banking services) were the brands honoured.