Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Supreme Chairman of Emirates Airline Group and the honorary patron of Dubai Quality Group "DQG", attended the closing ceremony organized by DQG on the occasion of closing the events of the seventh session of Emirates Women Award "EWA" at the Address Hotel in Dubai.
The ceremony started with a documentary about the social achievements of Sheikha Fatima bint Zayed bin Saqr Al Nahyan, the wife of Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, UAE Supreme Council member and the Ruler of Ajman. The ceremony viewed the tremendous achievements fulfilled by the EWA throughout this year, in the presence of a large number of businesswomen and professional ladies.
Dr. Wafi Dawood, chairman of Dubai Quality Group said, Emirates Women Award has achieved an unparallel success throughout the past six years. We are committed to go on with this success in the seventh edition of the Award by making a central change in its criteria. The award this year is entitled as "Emirates Women Award" instead of "Emirates Businesswomen Award", to include larger sections of women, businesswomen and professional women.
"When DQG launched the first session of the award in 2003, it believes strongly in the importance of honoring and recognizing of the achievements delivered by woman in the UAE in various fields, which effectively contributed to advancing and accelerating the development in our great nation. In line with this belief, the ladies participating in the award received great support and encouragement from EWA officials, in order to deliver the desired results of the EWA and employ such results for the benefit of your society.", he added.
On the other hand, Ms. Rajaa Al Gurg, chairman of Dubai Businesswomen Council and head of EWA Judging Committee, stressed that businesswomen investments in the UAE has surpassed 12 billion United Arab Dirhams.
Al Gurg pointed out that there are 11 thousand businesswomen in the UAE, including 4300 in the Emirate of Dubai, 3200 in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, while the rest is distributed to other Emirates.
EWA aims at encouraging women to participate in the UAE economic growth as well as focusing on the contributions of leading women with a view to motivating women to best use their capabilities and experience.
EWA receives high appreciation and tremendous recognition for its role as a tool contributing to accelerating economic growth since it helps to create a platform to support commercial activities and professional development of women whose capabilities don't receive the due attention in the economic field. Throughout the past years, EWA honored the achievements of businesswomen and professional women. It also created a group of leading women to become ideal examples for other women and to carry them forward to achieve success and excellence in various fields."
Citizens and residents are allowed to participate in this Award within two primary categories, businesswomen and professionals. The award requires the participating businesswomen to have a private business in the UAE for less than three years which is directly managed by them. As for professional women, the award required them to be employees in one of the professional sectors in the UAE for three years as well.
During the closing ceremony, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum honored Sheikha Fatima bin Zayed bin Saqr Al Nahyan in recognition of her social contributions. Sheikha Azza bin Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi received the honor instead Sheikha Fatima who did not attend the ceremony. Sheikh Ahmed also honored Rajaa A Gurg, Mr. Shawki Sejwani - head of the EWA Evaluation Committee, Amira Abdul Rahim bin Karam, head of the Executive Committee of Sharjah Businesswomen Council and EWA committee member, and Fatima Abdul Quader, EWA Project Manager.
Sheikh Ahmed honored the EWA Judging Committee, Evaluation Committee, EWA supporter "Emirates Businesswomen Council" and "Dubai Businesswomen Council", and EWA official sponsors "Ajman Businesswomen Council", "Damac Holding" and "Philips Corporation", and silver sponsor "Geoscience Testing Laboratory" as well as media sponsor "Hia Magazine" and "Dubai Media Incorporated".
At the end of the ceremony, Sheikh Ahmed honored EWA winners. Shabana Karim was the over all winner of businesswomen award while Mona Essa Al Gurg occupied the second place. Maryam Al Afreedi won the professional women award while Rawda Mohamed Al Mehrazi occupied the second the place.
Sheikh Ahmed honored the winners of EWA five criteria. In this context, Haifaa Bousamara won the award of Leadership, Laila Mohamed Taher won the award of Financial Planning and Performance, Asmaa Mousa Abdul Rahman won the award of Career Achievements, Salwa Mohamed Hadi won the award of Social Contribution and Dr. Aisha Al Bousmeet won the award of Innovation.
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