x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Sheikh Mohammed presents excellence awards to UAE public bodies

The Ministry of Interior was honoured with 16 awards at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Government Excellence Awards at a ceremony on Wednesday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, with some of the winners at the awards ceremony. Wam
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, with some of the winners at the awards ceremony. Wam

ABU DHABI // The Ministry of Interior was honoured with 16 awards at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Government Excellence Awards at a ceremony on Wednesday.

The awards, in their third episode, have been renamed under the orders of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, to honour the pursuit of excellence and innovation in government services by Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

“Sheikh Mohammed represents excellence in our country,” said Sheikh Khalifa.

“Our Government has managed to become one of the leading governments and our people are one of the happiest in the world.

“Our leadership has set a trend in best practices with its style of functioning.”

Sheikh Mohammed was at the ceremony on Wednesday to pay tribute to this year’s winners, chosen as the best performing of the country’s government bodies, at the Emirates Palace hotel in the capital.

“Government work in the UAE is driven by the concepts of excellence and innovation, which are the outcome of the efforts, loyalty and devotion of the citizens of this country,” he said.

“The UAE citizens are working to improve government action and therefore the UAE’s talents, and innovators are key pillars of any development activity taking place in the nation.

“We will continue to give them full support and encouragement, enabling them to be more creative according to the requirements of the next phase of the nation-building process.

“Accumulating positive results leads to excellence.”

The name change, from the Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Awards, was announced on Wednesday by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

The Ministry of Interior’s awards were the most for any government body. It also took the category of Outstanding Federal Ministry with more than 900 employees.

The Ministry of Finance won the award for Outstanding Federal Ministry with fewer than 900 employees.

The Emirates Identity Authority won the award for Outstanding Federal Authority with more than 900 employees, while the General Authority for Civil Aviation won the same award with fewer than 900 employees.

More than 1,200 government officials attended the awards ceremony, part of the Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Programme.

The awards aim to help federal public institutions improve, support a health economy and unify their management practice.

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