x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Emiratis honoured by Swiss

Seven prominent Emiratis have been awarded for bolstering Swiss-Emirati relations.

ABU DHABI // Seven prominent members of the Emirates community were awarded for their efforts in bolstering Swiss-UAE relations last night at the Swiss Ambassador's Awards.

The Swiss Ambassador, Wolfgang Amadeus Bruelhart, honoured recipients including Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman of Emirates Airline, and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Hosting the event was Ali Al Saloom, the founder of Embrace Arabia and The National's Ask Ali columnist.

This was the fourth such ceremony, which has previously honoured 17 UAE residents, Emirati and otherwise, for their contributions to diplomatic relations.

Previous winners included Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, whose roles includes chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation; Sheikh Saud bin Saqr, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah; and Dr BR Shetty, the chief executive of the New Medical Centre.

Sheikh Nahyan, a friend of the ambassador, was recognised for invaluable advice and "wise counsel" given since Mr Bruelhart took up his post in 2008.

He was credited with bringing together the two countries in research and innovation after this year's first UAE-Swiss research day in Lausanne.