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Winners of 2nd Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) Announced

Date: 13 April 2010

Dubai: Under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the winners of the 2nd Princess Haya Award for Special Education were announced at an official ceremony on Monday 12 April at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah. Attending on Princess Haya’s behalf was H.E. Dr. Mariam Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, who was joined by senior government officials, heads of departments, public and private sector representatives and other dignitaries.


In her speech, H.E Dr. Mariam Al Roumi highlighted the significant impact of the Award, highlighting the importance of promoting excellence in the work place among the various categories of special needs employees.

“The Princess Haya Award for Special Education reflects Princess Haya’s belief in the need to acknowledge and encourage the efforts pledged towards this sector,” said H.E Dr. Al Roumi. “This Award is an indication of international orientations. It approves the supportive plans of shifting the perspective of caretaking and joint liability toward the developmental perspective that ensures comprehensive integration to people with special needs in all aspects of life.”

In her speech on behalf of special education centers, Mariam Othman, Director General of Rashid Pediatric Center, said: “The Princess Haya Award continues to create a movement towards distinction as well as spread the notion of superior performance among all individuals who make a difference in the field of special needs.”

Mr. Mohammed Al Emadi, the Award Head of the Executive Committee, praised the cooperation of government departments and private companies for supporting the Award as part of their social responsibility role. He called all public and private companies to share the responsibility and work together in supporting the special needs sector.

The Outstanding Special Needs Center’s Award was presented to the Abu Dhabi Rehab & Care Center for Special Needs, while the Outstanding Speech Therapist’s Award was presented to Abdulrahman Naqawa from the Jeddah Institute for Speech & Hearing in Saudi. He was also the winner of the Employee of the Year Award.

Under the Ministry of Social Affairs, Mohammed Arhame from the Ras Al Khaima Rehabilitation Center won the award for Outstanding Computer Therapist; Assim Othman Khalili from Al Fujairah Rehab Center won the award for Outstanding Music Therapist.

The Sharjah Humanitarian City’s winners were Mona Bagh from Sharjah Autism Center who won the award of Outstanding Special Education Supervisor and Mohammed Fawzi Yousef from the Al Amal Institute for the Deaf won an award for Outstanding Physiotherapist. Salah Odeh, also from Al Amal Institute, won an award for Outstanding Special Educator.

Dubai Autism Center won three different awards in the categories of Best Website, Best Awareness Campaign and Outstanding Administration Employee, which was received by Alaa Al Zoubi.

Al Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs won the award of Outstanding Vocational Therapist, which was received by Ranjini Ramnath, as well as the award for Outstanding Fundraising Campaign. The parents of Nilofar Saleem won the award for Outstanding Family nominated by Al Manzil Center. Outstanding Occupational Therapist was awarded to Namrata Kumar from the Special Care Center and the Outstanding Finance Employee was presented to Mohammed Fadel from the Dubai Center for Special Needs.

Winners were also awarded in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr. Khalid Al Halyan, Chairman of Al Noor Center won the Outstanding Board Member Award, whereas Mariam Al Yamahi won the award for Outstanding Volunteer for her support towards the Emirates Blind Care Association. Zurich Company was awarded the Outstanding Institutional Supporter.

The Director General Award was presented to Dr. Mahshid Salehi from the Dubai Center for Special Needs. However, the Outstanding Project Award was presented to the Al Fujairah Rehab Center for Special Needs for their project: Tasneem Chocolate.

The Princess Haya Award for Special Education was launched on November 2008 to be the first initiative of its kind in the region. It recognizes the best individuals in the special needs sector through various categories according to high international standards. The initiative also aims to encourage people working in the special needs to excel and set higher service standards in all fields of special education.

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