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DQG Concludes Emirates Women Awards 2018 by Honouring 12 Extraordinary Women Professionals

· The over All Business Category winner is H.H. Sheikha Maytha Bint Hasher Al Maktoum

· The over All Professional Category winner is Dr. Naeema Al Hosani

Dubai, 10 May, 2018, UAE: Under the theme “Wisdom, Goodness and Giving”, Dubai Quality Group concludes the 15th Cycle of Emirates Women Awards (EWA), under the patronage of H.H. Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group, and the patronage of DQG. Emirates Women Award 2018 (EWA) honored 12 local and expatriate women achievers from diverse fields of business and technology at Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City. The award was graced by Fatma Buti Al Mheiri, the first woman chairman of DQG, Board Members, VIPs, government officials, dignitaries and businesswomen from across UAE.

Emirates Women Award is one of the most important achievements of DQG which highlights the role of women in the UAE society. The award aims at recognizing & appreciating women in the UAE (both Nationals & Expatriates) for their outstanding contribution to the country, it was also a motivator, inspire and encourage the future generation of women to achieve their true potential by empowering their status in the society.

Fatma Buti Al Mheiri, Chairman, and Ahmed Al Mulla Vice chairman, honored 12 winners professional and business women were selected and verified by the prestigious EWA assessment jury after conforming to all criteria and conditions of the award.

The ceremony was opened with the welcome speech of Fatma Buti Al Mheiri, the first woman Chairman Dubai Quality Group, started with her warmest greetings to Excellences, DQG Board Members, Respected Jury Members, Award Assessors, Participants Sponsors, Media Partners, and distinguished guests for presence at the 15th cycle of the Emirates Women Award.

She added The UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless him and grant him peace), was a visionary leader, an inspirational man, who strongly advocated women's rights and highly emphasized her role in creating a healthy community, which contributes to a vibrant society…Along with the vital role played by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak (Mother of UAE) in supporting the women and elevating her position locally and globally, which has had a great impact on our country today.”

She added The leader, the Father, the Inspiration for Women of UAE, who has paid a rich tribute to Emirati women, describing them as Partners in Development, Mothers of Martyrs, and the Pride of the Nation; the vision of the Emirates Women Award highlights the role of women in the UAE society, and empowers professional & businesswomen in order to raise the awareness among UAE women to actively participate in the development of the country.”

She added “Women are fortunate to live in UAE – a nation that transforms dreams into reality – giving women the right to dream and supporting them to materialize their dreams. With the support and vision of the wise leadership, women have made great accomplishments in various sectors… They have held the highest executive leadership positions in public and private sectors. They have proven their ability to contribute effectively in social and economic development locally, regionally and globally.”

She added “As Emirati women, we hold a major responsibility towards our homeland & society to uphold our great heritage & history and in the building of its bright future in the coming years, and to make UAE among the ranks of countries those enjoy the highest levels of development, stability and safety.”

She added “The success of the Emirates Women's Award since 2003 has been the result of the inevitable support of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the patron of the Award. His encouragement & support to women of all nationalities in the UAE is a driving motivational factor for us over the years, to contribute in our way in promoting and celebrating the achievements of women in the UAE.”

She added “we hope our message is successfully passed on to the future generation of women, to encourage them to follow and fulfil their dreams, goals & ambitions. I believe that we will witness more successful women in the future, venturing into new areas of business and conquering new heights, contributing their part to creating a community that aspires to be the best globally.” …. She added “We feel delighted, honoured and proud to announce that the number of applicants to the award is increasing every year. With 150 applications received, we have a 30% increase in participation to the award this year.”

This year the participation was phenomenal as reached 150 participants includes 100 professionals and 50 businesswomen. The winners were selected and verified by the prestigious EWA assessment jury after conforming to all criteria and conditions of the award. The Jury & Assessors was headed by H.E. Marwan Al Sawaleh and lieutenant Colonel. Salah Al Marzooqi, Chief Assessor.

The Sponsors who have extended support and honoured are Dubai Electricity and Water Authority as main sponsor, British Orchard Nursery as platinum sponsor, ARJMST as Trophy Sponsor, Dubai Media Inc. as Strategic Media Partner and Press Sector of Dubai Media Inc as Media Partner.

The participants were judged based on their leadership skills, strategic and financial planning, career achievements, community contribution and innovation. The award was drawn into two main categories — business owners and professionals from government private sectors.

Emirates Women Award for the best performance, announced by the jury as follows:

Professional category:

Over All Professional Category winner is Dr. Naeema Al Hosani

Businesswomen category:

Over All Business Category winner is H.H. Sheikha Maytha Bint Hasher Al Maktoum

Best performer - Leadership criterion:

Winner Criterion - Professional Category Zainab Sharaf

Winner Criterion - Business Category Zanubia Shams

Best performer - Strategic & Financial Planning:

Winner Criterion - Professional Category Khawla Alsuwaidi

Winner Criterion - Business Category Amna Al Jallaf

Best performer - Carrier Achievements:

Winner Criterion - Professional Category Reem Al Anbari

Winner Criterion - Business Category Dr. Shayma Nawaf Fawwaz

Best performer - Community Contribution

Winner Criterion - Professional Category Fatima Al Jokar

Winner Criterion - Business Category Souad Al Hosani

Best performer - Innovation Criterion:

Winner Criterion - Professional Category Professor. Naseem Rafee

Winner Criterion - Business Category Amanda Turnbull


About Dubai Quality group:

Dubai Quality Group is non-profit 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 established in 1994 to develop and promote Quality and Business Excellences practices in UAE. Dubai Quality Group organizes Quality and Business Excellence related trainings, events and programs throughout the year with the objective of improving and promoting Quality of Service & Business Excellence in the region. DQG hosts Free Evening Seminars conducted exclusively for DQG member organizations, to provide their employees with an effective platform for networking and knowledge sharing. Dubai Quality Group offers 3 categories of membership to companies; Investor Partner, Corporate Membership & Affiliate Membership.

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