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The Abu Dhabi Awards reflect this faith in human nature. Motivated by his dedication
to safeguard the legacy of the UAE’s late father, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, he wanted to encourage the citizens
of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to help each other live more rewarding lives. Therefore the
Government of Abu Dhabi has chosen to celebrate kind-hearted individuals who have
made a difference to their communities for the greater good of Abu Dhabi, selflessly
devoting their time and energies to improve the Emirate of Abu Dhabi making it a place,
where humanity and goodness are celebrated.
The sixth Abu Dhabi Awards ceremony was held at the magnificent Emirates Palace on
25 January 2012 honouring ten remarkable for their remarkable contributions to Abu
Dhabi. Attending the award ceremony were Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed
Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al
Nahyan, National Security Adviser; Mohammad Ahmad Al Murr, Head of the Federal
National Council; other Shaikhs, ministers, senior officials, and the families of the
winners. His Highness General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince
of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, declared
that the Abu Dhabi Awards reflected the continued commitment to preserve the legacy of
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan by rewarding those who were following the example
he had set for them.
“In honouring these truly remarkable individuals, we honour the original values and noble principles of
the UAE society. Such values and principles are still deeply rooted in the minds of many of our citizens
and they deserve our thanks and appreciation for the benefit they brought to our society,”
Greeting each award-winner His Highness Shaikh Mohammad greeted praised their
efforts, expressing his gratitude for their highly commendable humanitarian spirit and
devotion to community work. The ceremony was, as ever, a great celebration of a new
generation of noble individuals striving to embody the laudable traditions instilled by the
late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the United Arab
Emirates had a deep-rooted belief in the kindness and munificence of the
inhabitants of his nation. During his unforgettable life and leadership he
demonstrated great warmth for his people derived from a strong faith in
humanity. His belief that every human being is intrinsically altruistic and
self-sacrificing saw him encourage communities to care for others.