Dubai: As many as 32 Emirati veterans who organsied and oversaw the UAE Pavilion at several Expo editions hosted by many countries around the world from 1970 in Japan going up to the 2020 show in Dubai were honoured by Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on Tuesday.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, was present at the ceremony held at Za’abeel Palace. Some of those felicitated helped promote Expo 2020 Dubai by organising and taking part in the Zayed Charity Marathon.
Sheikh Mohammed praised the efforts made by the Emirati veterans, saying that the UAE, its leadership and people will never forget those who served the nation in all areas locally and internationally.
“You are a candle that lights the way to consecutive generations to receive the banner of volunteering and serve the UAE,” said Sheikh Mohammed.
He praised Emirati youth who are gearing up to host Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest event of its kind, adding that he trusts national cadres and their creativity, which will bring Expo to a success.
He highlighted the importance of Expo 2020, which coincides with the country’s golden jubilee celebration of participating in such an international cultural, tourist and economic event, stressing that the UAE will remain a country of giving, love and peace, happiness and humanity.
The list of those honoured included Rashid Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Ibrahim Al Abed, Salem Saeed Al Amiri, Abdullah Mohammad Al Aidarous, Awad Mohammed Al Otaiba, Hessa Hassan Al Osaili, Dr. Aisha Abu Sumait, Mubarak Ghadeer Al Dhaheri, Eid Jawhar Al Faraj Al Rumaithi, Mahmoud Al Najjar, Walid Rashid Al Zaabi, Ahmad Salem Al Shaybah, Abdullah Mohammad Al Nuaimi, Obaid Ali Abdullah, Khalid Abdullah Rabwi, Saleh Salem Al Kindy, Mohammad Mutaa, Bilal Mohammad Abdul Qadir, Yousuf Mohammad, Hamed Abdullah Al Aidarous, Yahya Ahmad Al Amiri, Jaafar Al Musawi, Saeed Hassan Al Hamadi, Hamza Hussein Al Duwailah, Ali Khalfan Al Raisi, Mansour Amer Laradhi, Hamad Abdullah Aidaroos, Mahmoud Abdul Wadood Marzouqi, Mohammad Junaid Al Amiri, Mohammed Hilal Sorour Al Kaabi, Mohammad Hilal Ahmad Sorour Al Kaabi and Mohammad Ali Amer Al Habsi.