Sheikh Mohammed honors recipients of Dubai Appreciation Award for Community Service

Sheikh Mohammed praised the contributions of all those honored at the awards ceremony, describing them as inspiring role models for community service. Such service has a positive impact on society, builds social solidarity and helps create a better future for the nation, Sheikh Mohammed said.

The Community Service Award, launched in 2013, recognizes individuals, private companies and institutions that demonstrate an 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 to profit or personal gain.

Retired Major General Mohammed Saeed Al Marri, Secretary General of the Dubai Police Advisory Council for Community Service, delivered a keynote address at the ceremony. He said recognition programs such as the award help inspire community members to give back to society.

In the individual category, Sheikh Mohammed honored 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.

Among those honored at the event were Khalfan bin Lahaj, who received the Community Service Badge, and Ahmed Al Baloushi, who received the Community Service Medal.

In the business category, Sheikh Mohammed honored INDEX Holding and Al Ansari Exchange.

The awards ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group ; Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Border Crossing Security Council; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; and senior officials from government entities in Dubai.

Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his support of the award and hailed the outstanding social contributions of those honored at the ceremony.

Jill E. Washington