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 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.
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
University City of Sharjah
Emirates University in Al Ain
Sharjah Book Festival
Julphar Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Al Fujairah Port
Ajman Digital Government
The Dubai Government Excellence Programme
Siniya Island, a conservation site
Sheikh Zayed Book Award
American University of Sharjah
UAE Scientists Council Members
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Arab Reading Challenge
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Emirates Global Aluminium
Barakah Nuclear Plant
Sheikh Khalifa Marine Research Centre
The UAE Military
Waararea Valley, a conservation site