During his memorable lifetime, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the United Arab Emirates, believed in the generosity and kindness of the people of the UAE. The affection he bestowed upon his people emanated from his faith in humanity and trust in the belief that every person is inherently selfless and capable to support and care for others and their community.
Through the commitment of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, to preserve the legacy of our nation’s late father, the Government of Abu Dhabi established the Abu Dhabi Awards initiative. An Emiri decree no. 29 of 2005 was issued to create the ‘Abu Dhabi Medal’ which honours citizens and residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Established under the guidance and auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Awards is a Government initiative that recognizes and honours individuals who have selflessly dedicated themselves to support and contribute to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Citizens and residents alike are encouraged to nominate people who have contributed to supporting and benefiting a community, regardless of age, nationality or gender; this includes Abu Dhabi citizens, residents and non-residents whose good deeds have benefited the Emirate, as well as Abu Dhabi citizens performing good deeds internationally.
The award recipients are selected based on their deeds and actions, not by the number of nominations received.
Since its inauguration in 2005, 80 recipients were honoured with an Abu Dhabi Award in nine nomination campaigns.