Posted On 2/22/2018
Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan awards the winners of SKEA in its 16th cycle
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the attendance of His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and Member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has organized the closing ceremony of the 16th cycle of Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA) at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Thirty three winning companies and establishments were awarded during the ceremony, which witnessed the attendance of a number of dignitaries, officials, heads and directors of public entities and ambassadors from sisterly and friendly countries in addition to the Board Members of the Abu Dhabi Chamber.
On behalf of himself and the members of the Higher Committee of the Award, His Excellency Saeed Abdul Jalil Al-Fahim, Chairman of the Higher Committee of SKEA, expressed during the closing ceremony of the 16th cycle of SKEA his utmost thanks and sincere appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, for his kind and huge support to SKEA since its inauguration, which bears his highness’s name very proudly.
“We meet here again this year in this ceremony which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Thanks to his wise directions the award kept progressing every year to match the best regional and international experiences,” Al-Fahim said.
He added: “I extend my thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, for attending the ceremony today in which we are witnessing the closing of the 16th cycle of Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award. We celebrate today with the winners in their diamond, gold and silver categories. There is not a single loser amongst all those who participated and are participating in all the activities and programs of the award throughout the year, because the real fruit and award is what they obtain from acquaintances and advanced skills through the different internationally-approved training programs which the award provided.”
The Chairman of the Higher Committee went on saying: “Our beloved country is witnessing rapid changes and is moving forward with steady steps under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. Thanks to his directions, we always top regional and international ranks of competitiveness in human development starting from our belief that the outstanding countries and societies are built on outstanding people equipped with knowledge, skills and conduct. In this regard, I would like to quote His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, when he said: “We concentrate on taking special care of individuals in regard to training, educational and social aspects and the correct direction through different entities. Hence, all the capabilities of the country and its resources should be utilized to build an active human being who is the cornerstone of the entire national process.”
Al-Fahim pointed out that the program of SKEA focused on the active contribution to the human development and on providing the necessary knowledge and skills to rise with the human being who work in the UAE and its establishments, a national or resident may be, through the international partnerships which SKEA held with international foundation that own the models and concepts of corporate excellence including the European Foundation for Quality Management, the British Quality Foundation and the American Society for Quality in addition to the Asia Pacific Quality Organization among others.
“In innovation, the award founded the most important relationship with the International Association of Innovation Professionals to provide an advanced professional framework that pushes forward in this pivotal concept. This relationship also comes to cope with modern sciences and the most advanced models of sustainability as well as looking forward to the future and artificial intelligence along with other fields of science and knowledge. Here I recall the saying of His Highness the Crown Prince of ABU Dhabi: “Employment of science and knowledge serve targets of sustainable development is the best way to help our State reach the qualitative production which does not primarily rely on oil to generate income”.”
Al-Fahim pointed out that the 16th cycle of Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award witnessed rapid development considering the advanced technologies it used and the huge number of participants and assessors. “All evaluation and document management processes between the management of SKEA and all the related parties were made in an integrated smart way that goes in line with all the requirements of digital transformation according to the strategy that was implemented for SKEA Higher Committee last year,” he explained.
The Chairman added that the number of participants is still rising steadily over the years and that their numbers exceeded 100 companies from Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the GCC.
“The large number participants covered all key economic sectors including the industrial sector, the services sector, trade, financial services, professional services, tourism, healthcare, education, construction, oil and gas, semi-governmental sector and the voluntary one. In addition, the number of assessors exceeded 250 ones from different scientific and practical specialties, 50% of which are Emirati nationals.”
He added: “The UAE has become a model in corporate excellence after launching the fourth generation of excellence exceeding with it other international models. SKEA has developed its standards and technical and administrative systems to cope with the requirements of the fourth generation of excellence while developing other axes without mixing up the requirements of the public sector development.”
Al-Fahim concluded his remarks by expressing His utmost thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, for his support to the excellence journey of the UAE, and to Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his continuous support and follow up to the award and its organizational affairs.
For his part, His Excellency Mohammed Thani Murshid Al-Rumaithi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, expressed his utmost thanks and sincere appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his kind sponsorship to the closing ceremony of the 16th cycle of SKEA, and for the attendance of His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, for the closing ceremony.
“This reflects the interest of our wise leadership to developing performance and the quality of services which the companies of the private sector offer and supports the role of the sector in the sustainable development process in our country,” H.E. Al-Rumaithi said.
In a press statement on the occasion of the closing ceremony of Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award, Al-Rumaithi said that the Abu Dhabi Chamber is organizing this big event this year starting from its belief in the role SKEA plays in spreading the culture of quality and excellence across the UAE and the positive impact in the development of corporate performance of all the participating companies over the past years of the award.
The Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber expressed his thanks to all the participating companies in the 16th cycle of the award, emphasizing that their participating will push the development process forward and enhance the services provided by the private sector in Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole.