Hamdan bin Rashid honours International Best Practices Award winners

DUBAI, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, honoured the winners of the 11th Dubai International Best Practices Award for Improving Living Conditions at a ceremony held on Sunday at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The ceremony was organised by the Dubai Municipality, in coordination with the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements, UNCHS-Habitat.

The ten winners from Morocco, Switzerland, Kenya, Mexico, Chile, Haiti, India, Philippines and South Africa were honoured in the presence of Maimunah Mohammed Sharif, Executive Director of the UNCHS, and Dawood Abdulrahman Al Hajiri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality.

Al Hajiri stressed the importance of the award, which was launched over two decades ago in 1995, following a joint collaboration between Dubai Municipality and the UNCHS.

“The UAE government has established the concepts of achieving decent living conditions and better ways of living for its society and citizens. These efforts would not have been possible without the unlimited support of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The visions and strategies adopted by Their Highnesses were the catalyst and motivation to contribute to the advancement of our society by providing the requirements of a decent life and promoting the concept of the citizen first, making the UAE a model to be followed globally,” he said.

The Dubai International Award for Best Practices has passed through various stages of development. It sought to create real participation from all societies in the world and adopted the concept of transferring the experiences and expertise of winning practices to all societies. The aim was to benefit from them and apply them as and when the elements of success are available. This would not have happened without the support and guidance received from Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid, Al Hajiri said.

He added that the 11th cycle of the award had received 523 nominations from 89 countries, and the international jury, which comprised 14 internationally recognised scholars in different scientific fields, exerted a great effort in sorting out the best practices, studying them, and finally selecting the ten winning practices.

“Dubai Municipality is keen to continuously promote international practices and ensure the geographical expansion of the award, in collaboration with the UNCHS, international organisations and bodies, in order to encourage and recognise successful and outstanding achievements and experiences, and raise awareness of the importance of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices and publishing them, so that all societies benefit from them,” said Al Hajiri.

Source: Emirates News Agency