Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid celebrates 30 organisations at UAE Pioneers Award ceremony

Residents were able to nominate institutions which they felt the UAE's Founding Father would most likely to be proud of today

Sheikh Mohammed hands out a Pride of Zayed award for a company or institution that the UAE's Founding Father would most likely be proud of today. Courtesy Dubai Media Office

Leading companies, organisations and attractions from across the UAE were singled out for their outstanding contribution to the country at the UAE Pioneers Awards on Wednesday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced that a total of 30 organisations had won the individual Pride of Zayed award.

Winners included the spectacular Louvre Abu Dhabi which marked its first anniversary earlier this month.

Others highlighted for their pioneering achievements included Emirates Airlines, the UAE military, Dubai Airport, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Sharjah Book Festival.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid with the winners of The UAE Pioneers Award. Courtsey Dubai Media Office vis Twitter.

Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement as he and other UAE leaders gathered at summit in the capital to debate the future direction of the nation.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, was also among those present.


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The Pride of Zayed awards were decided by public vote.

Residents were able to nominate companies which they felt the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, the country’s founder, would most likely be proud of today.

The award was founded in 2014 and is promoted on social media each year.

Pride of Zayed Award 2018 winners:

Louvre Abu Dhabi
Dubai Airport
University City of Sharjah
Emirates University in Al Ain
Burj Khalifa
Sharjah Book Festival
Julphar Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Al Fujairah Port
Ajman Digital Government
Khalifa University
The Dubai Government Excellence Programme
Siniya Island, a conservation site
Sheikh Zayed Book Award
DP World
American University of Sharjah
Dubai Metro
UAE Scientists Council Members
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Emirates Airlines

Arab Reading Challenge

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Emirates Global Aluminium

Barakah Nuclear Plant

Sheikh Khalifa Marine Research Centre

Masdar City

The UAE Military

Waararea Valley, a conservation site