Khalifa honours winners of the President Merit Award

WAM Abu Dhabi, Dec 02nd, 2012 (WAM)–President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said the achievements scored by the UAE had been triggered by the perseverance of the distinguished men and women who shouldered the responsibility to build this country and preserve it interests.

He added that they were inspired by “the spirit of the Union” to notch the UAE on the world map. .

Sheikh Khalifa made the remarks today afternoon at Diyafa Palace in Al Mushrif, while honouring the winners of the President Merit Award 2012 in its second edition. He honoured the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah in the presence of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The UAE President appreciated the role of the winners in many spheres of achievements that led the UAE to the stage of prosperity, noting that each of them fared well in his field. He added that their achievements reflect the self denial and love for this great country. Sheikh Khalifa said the winners efforts complement the role of the Union founders.

“It is our duty to appreciate the deeds of those who exert utmost efforts for this dear country,” he said.

The UAE President said the President Merit Award is meant to honour and elevate the winners for their achievements to this country.

Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Sultan received the congratulations from the members of the Board of Trustees of the Award, on the occasion of the UAE’s 41st national day anniversary.

The honored included: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in the category of the distinguished development initiatives and community service. He received The Zayed Order, while the Ruler of Sharjah also received the Zayed Order in recognition to his role in the field of culture and art.

Then the Vice President presented the two original pens used in the signing of the Union as memento gifts.

The late Musbeh Al Kindi, Ali Bumelha Al Murr, the late Mujran Mohammed Ahmed Al Kindi Al Murr were honoured in the field of support of charity values, while Dr Jameela Salem Humaid Al Suwaidi was honoured in the scientific field. Abdullah Sultan Al Aryani was honoured on the field of sports. Rt. Lt. General Hamad Suhail Awaidah Al Khaili and Counselor Ibrahim Mohammed Bumelha were honoured in the humanitarian field. Abdullah Mohammed Al Qaz Al Falasi was honoured in his support for the spirit of the Union. The award was received on his behalf by his son.

Sheikh Mohammed thanked Sheikh Khalifa for this honouring, describing it as ” kind gesture from the leader of the Union, whose spirits galvanises Emiratis”, pledging to continue strenuous work to sustain the prosperity experienced by the UAE.

For his part, the Ruler of Sharjah said the honouring of President to him is ” a fresh mandate to continue the path outlined by the wise leadership, and the same course chalked out by the founder and builder of the renaissance of the UAE late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul in eternal peace, so that the UAE remains the model of cohesion and sense of national belonging.