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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 November 2018

Ministry of Interior wins excellence awards

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid honours winners of the Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Programme at a ceremony in the capital.
ABU DHABI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today honoured winners of the Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Programme at a ceremony in the capital.

The Ministry of Interior received 10 of 26 awards given to various Federal entities.

Eleven individuals were honoured for initiatives in their respective fields and departments.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "Winning the awards is also a call to further continue the development of leadership, innovation and creativity. Awards are not restricted to individual winners but are a collective achievement for the entire nation.

"Every hardworking individual deserves to win and the winning opportunities are open to all. The winners create the UAE's future."

Manar Mohammed Al Hammadi, a blind woman who is a senior advocate for national affairs at the Sharjah Courts, received special appreciation.

"It was like a dream comes true for me when Sheikh Mohammed honoured me," said Ms Al Hammadi. "I am so happy. I don't have any problem with my hearing but face some problems moving around the court, one corner to the other. I use a white stick to move ahead.

"During the court sessions, I write discussions and make documentations with the help of braille."

Rashid Mohammed Al Mansouri, minister counsellor and charge de affaires at the UAE Embassy in Baghdad, received an individual honour. He said he had no idea he was going to win.

"A few seconds before, I got to know that this award [would be] conferred on me. I am highly delighted to receive this prestigious recognition."

Mohammed Saeed Al Shihhi, director of the IT department at the General Civil Aviation Authority, said: "It's a moment of pride for us that we got two awards - one for best federal department and another for our electronic excellence in the government sector."

Federal agencies to receive the Emirates Government Excellence Award include the ministries of Interior, Culture, Youth and Community Development; the Federal Electricity and Water Authority; Emirates Transport; Emirates Identity Authority; Ministry of Interior Ajman Office; IT Department of the General Civil Aviation Authority; Ministry of Energy; and the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments.

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