Feb 14 2013

Dubai Quality Group launches 10th cycle of Emirates Women Award

Dubai Quality Group (DQG), a non-profit organization that advances learning, promotes quality improvement and business excellence practices, has launched on February 14, 2013 the 10th cycle of the Emirates Women Award (EWA) during a press conference held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Dubai.

Organised under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman & CEO of Emirates Airlines, the Emirates Women Award honours and celebrates women who have excelled in their respective fields. It also aims to inspire and encourage the future generation of women leaders to achieve their true potential and advance their status in the society.

During the press conference, DQG announced that Award Workshops will be held from February to April, 2013 and the deadline for nominations is 15th of April, 2013. The judges’ Assessment Phase will be from 16th April to 19th May 2013 and the final decision by the Supreme Jury will be made in the third week of May 2013. Following that, the Awards Ceremony to announce the winners will be held in late May.

This year, the Awards will feature Overall Winners in the categories of Business Owner and Professional as well as 5 Criteria Winners in the categories of Overall best performer – Leadership criterion; Overall best performer – Strategic and Financial Planning criterion; Overall best performer – Career Achievements criterion; Overall best performer – Community Contributions criterion; and Overall best performer – Innovation criterion.

Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Chairman, Dubai Quality Group, said: “The Emirates Women Award is one of the leading platforms geared towards sustaining the massive advancements made by women across diverse fields of expertise. It supports the UAE Government’s strategic initiatives that aim to harness the full potential of the country’s human resources, while also reflecting the enthusiasm of an entire society to mobilize women across all sectors, maximize their potential and help them maintain a balance between work and social responsibilities. Through the Emirates Women Award, Dubai Quality Group is taking women empowerment to the next level, making it an essential tool to achieve our country’s socioeconomic development goals.”

H.E. Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, Chairperson – Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, the main sponsor of this cycle of EWA, said: “Women have made great strides in the UAE as highly productive members of society. We are strongly represented in business, the judiciary, law enforcement, government, and all other vital economic and social sectors. I would therefore like to commend Dubai Quality Group for successfully hosting the Emirates Women Award for the past decade, truly recognising the contributions of UAE women towards the country’s socioeconomic development. The Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council is indeed proud to support this distinguished award this year as it perfectly complements our goal of empowering the women of the UAE.”

Badriya Al Tamimi, Managing Director, Dubai Quality Group, said: “The UAE is a leading advocate of women’s empowerment in the region as the country’s constitution guarantees gender equality, particularly in key areas such as education and professional development. This is an important factor that has allowed the Emirates Women Award to blossom into one of the most respected and prestigious awards in the UAE. The continuing success of EWA exemplifies Dubai Quality Group’s commitment to provide a dedicated platform to showcase the achievements of women in our society. With the launch of 10th cycle of EWA, we are sure to discover new success stories that will inspire enterprising women to aim for greater success.”

Last year, Shaikha Budoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Chairperson of the Sharjah Ladies Club, Chairperson of Al Qasba Development Authority and Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), was honoured for her contributions to social, economic and cultural development in UAE. Other winners included Amal Sultan Moosa Al Halyan (Innovation); Salha Obaid Ghobash (Community Contribution); Taif Sabah Al Sarraj (Career Achievements); Dr Salwa Abdullah Al Suwaidi (Strategic and Financial Planning); Dr Jeehan Abdul Ilah Abdul Qadir (Leadership); Shahla Ahmed Abdul Razak (overall winner in the professional category); Rafia Helal bin Drai (overall winner in the business category) and Lama Bazzari (overall winner in the business category).

Dubai Quality Group is non-profit business organization set up by the Dubai Department of Economic Development under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Guided by the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Quality Group was established in 1993 to develop and promote quality and business excellence practices in UAE.

DQG launched the Emirates Women Award in 2003 to encourage women, both UAE nationals and residents, to be actively involved in social and economic development initiatives in the country.