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The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, recently honoured this year’s UAE Pioneer Awardees, which include the Burj Khalifa, Dubai MetroEmiratesKhalifaSat, and other winners.

The UAE Pioneers Awards was founded in 2014 to recognise outstanding companies, organisations, and attractions across the emirates. This year’s awarding ceremony was held in Abu Dhabi, right after the conclusion of the UAE’s Annual Government Meetings.

HH Sheikh Mohammed Honours UAE Pioneer Awardees

“At the end of our annual meeting for National Day celebrations, we honored the UAE Pioneers’ national achievements that Sheikh Zayed will be proud of,” HH Sheikh Mohammed said. “Congratulations to all our winners and congratulations to Sheikh Zayed for all the hard work and efforts which will preserve his legacy for an eternity.”

The winners are decided by public voting. Residents voted for the entries which they believe the UAE founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, would be proud of today.

Among the UAE Pioneer Awardees of 2018 was the Burj Khalifa, which placed the UAE in the world map for being the tallest skyscraper in the world.

Meanwhile, Dubai’s flagship carrier, Emirates, was recognised as the largest airlines in the region.

Notably, the Dubai Metro was also honoured. It holds the distinction of being the longest metro in the Middle East, as well as the longest “driverless” metro in the world.

Of course, the first UAE-built satellite, KhalifaSat, was also recognised. It made the headlines last month, when it was launched into space!

Aside from all these, other entities were hailed as UAE Pioneer Awardees. Here is a list of all the attractions, companies, and organisations that received the prestigious award:

  • Ajman Digital Government
  • Al Fujairah Port
  • American University of Sharjah
  • Arab Reading Challenge
  • Barakah Nuclear Plant
  • Burj Khalifa
  • Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
  • DP World
  • Dubai Airport
  • Dubai Government Excellence Programme
  • Dubai Metro
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Emirates University at Al Ain
  • Julphar Al Khaleej Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Khalifa University
  • KhalifaSat
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • Masdar City
  • Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
  • Sharjah Book Festival
  • Sheikh Khalifa Marine Research Centre
  • Sheikh Zayed Book Award
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Siniya Island (a conservation site)
  • UAE Military
  • UAE Scientists Council Members
  • University City of Sharjah
  • Waararea Valley (a conservation site)

By recognising these entities, companies and organisations across the country are encouraged to keep on creating and providing outstanding work. It is also a fitting testament to the culture of excellence in the UAE, especially now since the National Day celebrations are coming up!

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