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The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award Continues Efforts To Empower Women











The Board of Trustees of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, one of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has saluted the country’s visionary leadership that leads the nation with infinite wisdom and compassion to increase the happiness of the community members and enable them to perform their role in the development process, and empowers women to actively participate in making the nation's future and seek achievements in all fields.

The Board of Trustees of the Award also congratulated women in the UAE, the Arab world and the world on the occasion of International Women's Day, which falls on March 8 of every year, and stressed that the Award will continue its pioneering role in empowering women in the sports sector and strengthening the role they play in all segments of the sports sector by honoring creativity and organizing sports forums, seminars and conferences for women in sports, and highlighting and honoring the great role they play, whether through competing for medals and trophies, or through the creation of champions.

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, expressed his pride in working to achieve the vision of the wise leadership in developing the sports sector and raising the level of sports achievements in the UAE, the Arab world and the world through the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, which is at the forefront of international sports awards in terms of its influence and the pioneering role it plays, not only in the field of honoring creative athletes but also in spreading the culture of sports creativity and supporting creative projects that have a continuous impact on sports and societies in general, and on women in particular. He also said that the Award was honored to be one of the ‘Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives’ for its role in empowering societies.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award said: “The UAE occupies a prominent position globally in the field of women's empowerment. Our wise leadership has given women the opportunity to play their role fully in serving and developing the nation in all fields. Emirati women have assumed leadership positions at the level of ministries and national institutions, as well as in every other sector. Women have have represented the nation on international forums in all fields, including sports.

“The Award is based on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and we act under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the Patron of the Award, and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the UAE National Olympic Committee and President of the Award, and we are pioneers in the field of women's empowerment, not just in honoring achievers, but also through the membership of the Board of Trustees of the Award where Emirati and Arab women have been present in the Board of Trustees from the time Award was established until now.

“Indeed, the presence of women has become stronger through the membership of the Board of Trustees as well as the assumption of the General Secretariat of the Award, which is an important and vital role, that represents the link between the Board of Trustees and the different teams working for the Awards, and also in communicating with the sports sector. In addition to this, women are also present in all the committees working within the Award.”

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer added: “The Award has not only honored creative Emirati and Arab women, and supported efforts to empower Emirati and Arab women in sports, but we dedicated the 9th Edition of the Award to honoring institutions with successful initiatives in the field of empowering women at the local, Arab and international levels, and ‘Empowerment of Women in Sports’ was the slogan of that edition as well as the 13thDubai International Sports Creativity Symposium. We will continue playing a leading role in empowering women in the sports sector and enabling sports through the creative abilities of women, wherever they are.”

Moaza Al Marri: Empowering societies through women and their sporting role

Her Excellency Moaza Al Marri, Secretary General of the Award, said the Award’s membership within the ‘Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives’ underscores the great role that sport plays in empowering societies, as it is one of the most important sources of soft power that has positive effects on societies.

She said, “It is not possible to empower societies without empowering women, who make up half of society. That is why the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Patron of the Award, and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE National Olympic Committee and President of the Award, is what the Board of Trustees of the Award, headed by His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, is working to implement in all areas of the sports sector, foremost of which is the empowerment of women in sports, whether through strengthening their presence in leadership positions responsible for decision-making or in the fields of competition as an athlete or trainer.”

The Secretary General of the Award added, "Since the 1st Edition of the Award, the Moroccan Olympic champion Nawal El Moutawakel has been a member of the Award’s Board of Trustees; she is also the Vice President of the International Olympic Committee. Then Dr. Mona Al Bahar from the UAE became a member of the Board of Trustees in the next session, while Mona Bou Samra, who is the editor-in-chief of Al Bayan newspaper, is a member of the Board of Trustees for the current Edition. In addition to them, I have the honour of serving as Secretary General of the Award and as well as a member of the Board of Trustees.

“A number of Emirati and Arab women have also been present in the working committees since the establishment of the Award. Ten Emirati women have served as members of the Communication and Marketing Committee, four Emirati and Arab women have served as members of the jury and five as members of the technical committee. In addition to them, the Minister of Sports of the Republic of Tunisia and also Zimbabwe, the Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, and many other leading female sports figures and athletes have participated in the Creative Sports Forum and Innovation Seminars that the Award have organized through the years.”

Her Excellency, Moaza Al Marri concluded, “The Award has attracted the participation of 271 female athletes from various disciplines, who have been nominated for the Awards in the past ten years; 36 of them have had the honor of winning in one of the Award Categories. We are working with various entities to enhance the participation of women in the Award, in the belief that the role of the Award is not limited to honor those with some achievements, but to motivate all athletes to develop their level of performance, raise the quality of their achievements, and motivate them to compete to win the most important championships as well as the Award by spreading the culture of creativity and honoring them in a way that is commensurate with the value of their achievements.”

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