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03 October 2023

Khalifa Awards honour excellence

By Nadim Kawach



General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed with the winners of the Excellence Awards at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi

Twenty-four UAE companies were honoured for their performance by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Last night, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed presented the eighth Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Awards in a ceremony at Emirates Palace hotel in the UAE capital. The awards were launched in 2000 to encourage companies to improve their performance.

UAE companies honoured with Sheikh Khalifa Award

Abu Dhabi Gas Industries and 23 other companies have won the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award, introduced eight years ago to encourage firms to perform better.

The winners were from several sectors, including industry, services, tourism, trade, construction and other fields. Eight companies were handed the Gold Award, while 16 establishments won Quality Appreciation Certificates.

Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (Gasco), one of the largest gas producers in the Middle East, was among the Gold Award winners, along with the National Drilling Company, Tabreed, Kanoo Machinery. Winner of the Quality Certificates included Arab Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade, Al Qudra Holding, Fast Rent a Car, and Millennium Hotel. Last night’s ceremony was the eighth since Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award was introduced in 2000 as an incentive to the private sector to improve its performance.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, presenting the prizes, said: “We do not see the award as one of material value or as a competition won by some and lost by others. Rather it is a mechanism that contributes to upgrading the performance of institutions and companies as well as the spread of the culture of progress and innovation. It is an active means to upgrade the sector and achieve the strategic tendencies of developing the potential and skills of the private sector in Abu Dhabi.”