Award in honour of Sheikh Zayed's humanitarian endeavours at home and abroad
Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai, was awarded the 'Order of the Mother of the Nation' award for his humanitarian initiatives in some of the world’s poorest countries, in a ceremony on Wednesday.
The award, presented by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, recognised his international aid efforts through the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives foundation, launched to help communities in 116 nations.
The award honours the goodwill of the founding father Sheikh Zayed and his third wife, Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, and their aid initiatives to support the local and international community, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince said.
Humanitarian priorities are at the forefront of the UAE leadership’s agenda, and have been reflected in the efforts of past leaders, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said.
He said the UAE Government has spared no efforts to secure the best quality of life for its citizens and residents, and have extended their efforts across borders to undeveloped countries as well,
"Today, the UAE, is one of the world's most influential countries which has aided millions of people around the world," Sheikh Mohammed said.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan congratulated Sheikh Mohammed on the award, describing him as an "exceptional leader" whose humanitarian and developmental endeavours spread values of peace, tolerance, cooperation and compassion around the world.
The awards ceremony was held under the banner, the Fatima Bint Mubarak Awards (HHSFBMA) at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and was attended by senior UAE government and humanitarian officials.