World Peace Award announced by Dubai

On October 12, a new World Peace Award was launched by the Government of Dubai. The award will be presented to individuals and institutions for their outstanding contribution to promote world peace.

The award entitled ‘The Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum World Peace Award’ is launched as per a decree issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai.

According to the decree, the new award will “enjoy a corporate body status and financial and administrative independence, and the full legal capacity to help it carry out its duties and activities and achieve its objectives.”

In his interview to the Gulf News, Dr Hamad Al Shaikh Ahmad Al Shaibani, Chairman of the 12-member Board of Trustees of the award, said, “The UAE has established its image as a leading country in recognizing human and cultural initiatives and personalities in the region and in the world. The Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum World Peace Award will be no less than other international prizes in the field of peace, and will not duplicate any one of them.”

Dr. Shaibani also added that the award is an integral part of the peace policies established by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Vice-President. He said, “The award aims to strengthen peace initiatives undertaken by the UAE throughout the world.”

The main purpose of setting up the award, according to the decree, is “to recognize outstanding contributions in world peace issues, which is a way to activate civilized interaction among people, preserving peace and stability and developing them in the world, and encouraging spirited initiatives and excellence in preserving world peace. The award also aims to encourage communication among different religions, and bringing forth the true image of Islam, which is a religion of forgiveness and peace.”

According to Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, Deputy Chairman of the board of the award, the award will be considered as one of the most prestigious awards in the world. He added that the award will represent Islamic peace values and will highlight the heritage of UAE as a peace loving country.

Bin Mejren said, “The award will be another success story to be written by Dubai for the sake of humanity and for reinforcing peace in the world.”