Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said service to the nation is a key value that has been instilled among Emiratis, who constantly demonstrate their patriotism through initiatives and actions to enhance the welfare of the community.
His comment came as he honoured the winners of the Dubai Appreciation Award for Community Service at a ceremony that took place at Expo 2020 Dubai in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai; Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; and Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security in Dubai, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award.
Sheikh Mohammed praised the contributions of all those who were honoured at the award ceremony, describing them as inspiring role models for service to the community. Such service has a positive impact on society, enhances social solidarity and helps create a brighter future for the nation, Sheikh Mohammed said.
The Award for Community Service, launched in 2013, honours individuals, private companies and institutions who demonstrate exceptional commitment to social responsibility and serve the community through initiatives and actions in the areas of social welfare, health, education and other fields in Dubai, without regard for profit or personal gain.
Retired Major General Mohammed Saeed Al Marri, Secretary-General of the Dubai Police Consultancy Council for Community Service delivered a keynote speech at the ceremony. He said recognition programmes such as the Award help to inspire members of the community to give back to society.
In the individual category, Sheikh Mohammed honoured Khalaf Al Habtoor, the late Saeed bin Ahmed bin Nasser Al Lootah (award received by his son Saleh Saeed Lootah) and Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Ghurair (award received on his behalf by his son Abdulaziz Al Ghurair) with the Community Service Necklace.
Individuals honoured at the event included Khalfan bin Lahaj who was awarded the Community Service Badge, and Ahmed Al Baloushi who was awarded the Community Service Medal.
In the corporate category, Sheikh Mohammed honoured INDEX Holding and Al Ansari Exchange.
The award ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group; Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Council for Border Crossing Points Security; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; and senior officials of Dubai government entities.
Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan thanked Sheikh Mohammed for supporting the Award and commended the outstanding social contributions of those who were honoured at the ceremony.