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The UAE has succeeded in becoming a role model of excellence for the world.

As a country the UAE is young, yet its age does not belie its reputation as a global leader in business and commerce. Clear policies of excellence and innovation in all fields have strengthened the UAE’s position as a role model and leader, a fact supported by various global competitiveness indexes.

The UAE’s policies of institutional excellence and innovation are key pillars of its development strategy and have shaped economic performance over the past four decades. Excellence is a distinguished feature of our domestic and foreign policies and has helped the UAE secure a leading role on the international arena. We aim to instil these same principles within our business community to assist our companies and organisations enhance their competitiveness and to achieve the highest standards internationally.

Based on this message of excellence, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award has been devised to provide additional support to the private sector and to stimulate outstanding institutional performance across the UAE. The path to economic growth and prosperity requires creativity, innovation and excellence across all sectors. This award provides the framework for organisations of any size to incorporate and embed these key values.

As part of our brotherly and historical ties with the GCC the award is now available to businesses located across the GCC. This change has been implemented to enhance cooperation across the region, spread the benefits of innovation to our neighbours and partners and to lay a strong foundation for an advanced business environment.

Innovation is not inherited but a culture that has to be created. The UAE and our brothers across the GCC are on the right path of economic progress. Let us continue to walk together towards business excellence and social prosperity. We will be supported by the firm resolve, sincerity and determination of our young people. We need to support them and their capabilities to reach the top to achieve happiness and prosperity now and for future generations.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai

H.E. Hamad Buamim
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