His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, presented the 'Mohammed bin Rashid Scarf' to the Chairman and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, during a ceremony at the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah on Wednesday morning.
Sheikh Mohammed also distributed awards and medals to the Dubai Metro team, in the presence of Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The awards were given in recognition of the efforts of RTA CEO and the Dubai Metro team in completing the Red and Green Line rail projects on schedule despite challenging deadlines.
Sheikh Mohammed congratulated Al Tayer on leading the RTA's creative national workforce to overcome numerous obstacles on their way to bringing the metro project to fruition. He added that the metro system had become a new landmark for culture and tourism in the country.
Also honoured at the prize-giving ceremony, in the presence of a number of sheikhs, ministers, dignitaries and senior officials, were CEO of Trains Adnan Ahmed Al Hammadi, Executive Director of Strategy Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim and Executive Director of the RTA's Roads and Traffic Agency Maitha Mohammed bin Udai.
RTA senior executives Yousef Jawad Abdul Redha, Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad, Ali Hassan Al Mansouri, Hussein Al Dosari, Nabeel Mohammed Saleh and Nasser bin Hamad Bu Shehab, also received recognition for their hard work and efforts during the ceremony.
Sheikh Mohammed congratulated the recipients, saying that they had demonstrated their ability to produce on par with excellence, despite all difficulties.
In response Mattar Al Tayer expressed great pride in the awards that he and the RTA team had received.
Sheikh Mohammed then watched a documentary film featuring the RTA's various successes and achievements since its inception in 2005, the same year that Al Tayer was appointed as CEO of the authority.
Present at the ceremony were Director General of Dubai Department of Information Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Cabinet Affairs Minister Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Director of Dubai Ruler's Court Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shebani, other dignitaries and heads of government agencies.