Dubai / WAM
“The UAE has paved its way into the future and has built a generation of innovative and excellent achievers and leaders who deserve to be celebrated,” said Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as he attended the Mohammed bin Rashid Government Excellence Award ceremony at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
He congratulated the winners, adding, “We see in this ceremony a prime opportunity for galvanising efforts and channelling them to move our nation forward towards excellence, and to serve our people and maintain the UAE’s leading position in all sectors and at all levels.”
He said that the fourth-generation Government Excellence System was developed in the UAE but “it has now gone global as it is comprehensive, future-focussed and encourages innovation and progress. It is a uniquely Emirati achievement and a role model for governments the world over. Today, we honour pioneers of excellence in our government, pioneers who have achieved excellent results as measured by the Government Excellence System, which tracks and evaluates the work of all government departments.
“Under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE, the country has made great strides in its race to the top spot in various sectors. We believe excellence is an ever-evolving journey, one we can build through expertise and experiences to devise forward-looking plans and formulate solutions for the challenges that face us,” he added.
“We maintain a realistic outlook regarding excellence, which we do not view as an achievement, but rather a challenge. The achievement is the future that we build for the people of the UAE,” HH Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid added.
“People are at the very core of government work. Their well-being and happiness are the objective and the end goal. That is the main criterion for measuring government excellence,” he noted.
The award ceremony was attended by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council; HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the UAE Minister of Finance; HH Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman; HH Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Qaiwain; HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras al-Khaimah; HH Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; HH Sheikh Dhiyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and several ministers, officials and
decision makers in the federal government.
In the Leading Federal Entity category, four entities were awarded: The Ministry of Interior won in the Ministries with More Than 500 Employees sub-category (HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, received the award), while the Ministry of Economy won in the Ministries with Less Than 500 Employees sub-category (Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, received the award).
Meanwhile, the UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation won in the Federal Bodies with More Than 500 Employees sub-category (Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Authority, and Dr Obaid Al Zaabi, Director-General of the Authority, received the award), and the Securities and Commodities Authority won in the Federal Bodies with Less Than 500 Employees sub-category (Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Authority, and Dr. Obaid Al Zaabi, Acting Managing Director of the Authority, received the award).
In the Best Entity in the Field of Enablers category, the award went to the Telecommunications Regulation Authority (TRA), where Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, Director General of the Authority, received the award, as well as to the Ministry of Interior, where Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Shafar, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, received the award.
Meanwhile, in the Best Entity in the Field of Innovation category, the award went to both the Ministry of Finance, as well as the Ministry of Interior.
Moreover, in the Best Entity in Services Provision category, the winners were the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments and the Ministry of Interior.
In the Best Entity in the Field of Smart Government category, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation won the award, which was received by Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
As for the Happiest Work Environment category, the Federal Demographic Council won the award, while the Securities and Commodities Authority won in the Best Entity in Managerial and Financial Governance
Meanwhile, three entities took the award in the Best Achievement of National Agenda category, The Ministry of Interior for its Road-Death Index; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for its Government Development Fund Index; and the Telecommunications Regulation Authority (TRA) for its
Elsewhere, the Emirates Identity Authority won in the Best Entity in Stars System Classification category and Dr Saeed Abdullah Al Ghafli, Director General of the Authority
received the award.
Meanwhile, in the Best Joint Service category, the Ministry of Interior, in partnership with the Insurance Authority won the award for their Federal Vehicle Portal “Markabati”. The award was received by Major General Dr Ahmed Naser Al Raisi, General Inspector of the Ministry of Interior, and Ibrahim Obaid Al Zaabi, Director General of the Insurance Authority.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum awarded memorial shields to the entities that have excelled in their fields. The Ministry of Education won the award for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Programme, which aims to create an integrated educational environment in schools involving students, parents, school administrators, and teachers. Hussein bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, received the shield on behalf of the ministry.
Similarly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation won for succeeding in securing visa-free travel for UAE citizens in the Schengen area. Mohammed Mir Abdullah Al Raisi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation,
received the memorial shield.