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Princess Haya Honors the Winners of Special Education Award

Dubai | UAE – 23 April :On behalf of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, H.E. Hussain Al Hamadai, Minister of Education honored the winners of the fifth cycle of the Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) who were nominated from different special education centers in the UAE, GCC region and Arab countries in recognition of their outstanding efforts to improve the lives of individuals with special needs.


The Award’s ceremony was conducted at the Joharah Ballroom in Madinat Jumeirah where the winners’ names were unveiled for the first time. The ceremony was attended by senior government officials, heads of departments, public and private sector representatives and other dignitaries.

In his speech, H.E. Hussain Al Hamadai, Minister of Education emphasized the significant impact of the Award's on the special education sector and underlined its importance in promoting excellence in the workplaces amongst the different categories of special education employees.

On the Ceremony stage, names of the winners in their categories were announced as the following list:

Special Needs Educator
Raqaya Nasser Al Saeedi
Abu Dhabi Center - ZHO
Outstanding Movement Therapist
Olga Tretyakova
Dubai Centre for Special Needs
Kenza Ahmed Zitouni
Al Ain Center - ZHO
Outstanding Speech Therapist
Sumi Manomohanan Salila
Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs
Outstanding Vocational Therapist
Awatif Akbari
Tamkeen Center - KHDA
Outstanding Occupational Therapist
Maria Quirke
Stepping Stones Center for Autistic Spectrum Disorderr
Outstanding Art Teacher
Anya Akhtar
Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs
Outstanding Clinical Psychologist
Amy Bailey
KidsFirst Medical Center
Outstanding Educational Psychologist
Marwa Hesham Abdelfattah
Awladouna Center
Family of Noora Al Kaabi
Kalimati Rehabilitation and Communication Center

Family of Saif Tariq Saif Al Nuaimi
Abu Dhabi Center for Care & Rahabilitation

Outstanding Special Needs Center

Kuwait Center for Autism
Outstanding Individual Applied Research
Dr. Mahmoud Al Shathely
Zayed Higher Organization
Outstanding Awareness Campaign
‘We Care Film Festival 2013’
Al-Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs
Outstanding Initiative
‘Services for individual with Special Needs’
Dubai Police

‘Special Needs Taxi Services’
Dubai Taxi Corporation
Outstanding Director General
Ifham Hussain
Maldives Autism Association
The Republic of Maldives
Outstanding Administration / Finance Employee
Neetha Sathiakumar
Al-Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs
Outstanding Support Service Employee

Maktum Husaini Sundali
Al-Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs


Outstanding Volunteer

Osama Hashim Al Safi
UAE Down Syndrome Association
Distinguished Board Member
Dr. Abdullah Al Khayat
Dubai Center for Special Needs
Nawal Nasser Al Nasser
UAE Down Syndrome Association
Ahmad Bin Eisa Bin Nasser Al Serkal
Dubai Autism Center
Outstanding Institutional Supporter Public Sector
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority
Dubai Customs
Dubai Culture & Arts Authority
Emarat Alyoum
Outstanding Institutional Supporter Private Sector
Dubai Islamic Bank Foundation
Emirates NBD
HSBC Bank Middle East
Union Coop
Apparel Group
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Samsung Gulf Electronics
Desert Group
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