Nahayan Mubarak : Khalifa`s Patronage of the Award is a Medal of Honor and a Responsibility we hold
to Enhance the UAE Achievements in Serving
the Blessed Tree and its Workers
By virtue of the instructions of Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan Minister of Culture ,Youth & Community Development , Chairman of the Award Board of Trustee , the Secretariat General of the Award announced opening nomination for the award categories in its five session as of the first of June 2013 till the 3oth of October 2013 . The award gives the chance to farmers , producers , researchers , academics , specialists and lovers of date palm tree world wide to submit their applications for competition to win one of the Award five categories , namely , the category of Research & Distinguished Studies , the category of the distinguished producers , the category of the best distinguished technology , the category of the best developmental project , and the category of the best distinguished personality in the field of date palm cultivation and date production .
The above was announced in a press conference held by Dr. Abdulwouehab Ziad the Secretary General of KIDPA on Sunday morning the 9th of June 2013 in the Emirates palace in Abu Dhabi in the presence of HE Dr. Hilal Haned Sad Al Kabbi , member of the Board of Trustees , Chairman of the Administrative & Financial committee of the Award , and HE Dr.Galeb Al Hadrami , member of the Board of Trustees , Dean of the Faculty of Food and Agriculture in UAEU .
In the above press conference , DR. Abdulwouehab Ziad referred to the fact that the curve chart of the Award is growing increasingly at all levels won by the Award , where the great openness to local community constitutes the best results in increasing the national nominees for different categories . The number reached to 55 nationals during the last five years . This was achieved through the supreme instructions of HH Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan Minister of Culture ,Youth & Community Development , Chairman of the Award Board of Trustee. Therefore the Award General Secretariat decided to go forward in its national campaign to extend the scope of participation to a larger number of participants from all the targeted groups whether they are farmers or manufacturing producers or researchers and academics and to encourage and qualify them to compete on the different categories of the Award.
He confirmed the care of HH Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan Minister of Culture ,Youth & Community Development , Chairman of the Award Board of Trustee to enhance the regional and international presence of the Award and to build on the successes achieved during the last five years all for the goodness and appreciation of all farmers , producers , researchers world wide in a step that translates the wise instructions of HH. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan , UAE president ( God protect him ) , the support of HH. First Lit. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan , Crown Prince of Abdu Dhabi , Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces , and the follow-up of HH. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan , Depuy Prime Minister , Minister of Presidential Affairs to enhance the award position among the other international Awards.
On his turn , Dr. Hilal Hamed Sad Al Kabbi , member of the Board of Trustee maintained that the total number of nominees for all categories of the award reaches to 573 applicants representing 38 countries world wide ( 20 Arabic Countries , 18 Foreign Countries ) . When we come to discuss the details we find the following : There are 289 participants for the category of distinguished studies and researches , 42 participants for the category of the best date production , and 75 participants for the category of the influential personality. He referred to the fact that the growing increase in the number of nominees of all categories confirms the reliability and trust which the Award has achieved within a very short time thanks to the instructions of HH Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan Minister of Culture ,Youth & Community Development , Chairman of the Award Board of Trustee.
Dr. Hilal announces that all technical and administrative preparations have been completed . Further , the administrative Committee will start to classify the applications that meet the set conditions during next November . Then , the Scientific Committee shall start evaluating the applications during next December r& January and to announce the winner names during next February 2014 , and the celebration party during March 2014.