Nahayan Mabarak honors winners of Khalifa International Date Palm Award in its 4th session

Khalia`s Sponsorship of the Award raises its

Status locally and internationally

The Award is a correct step forward to honor

producers, farmers and lovers of the blessed tree world wide

H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Khalifa International Date Palm Award, extended his deep thanks, appreciation and gratitude to the sponsor of the Award, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahatan, President of the UAE, (may God protect him). He hailed his great and generous efforts which H.H. has exerted to achieve the comprehensive development of the UAE community since the date palm is one of the pivots of sustainable development to achieve food security at the level of the world.

The above was said in the speech delivered by H.H. during the ceremony   of honoring the Winners of Khalifa International Date Palm Award in its fourth session on Sunday the 11th of March 2012 in the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The ceremony took place in the presence of many Arab Ministers of Agriculture, the accredited Ambassadors in the country, in addition to the presidents of the regional and international organizations, a number of researchers and people who are interested in date palm, Members of the Scientific Committee, and the honored and the winners of the Award in its fourth session 2012.

H.H. extended his true thanks and appreciation as well to First Lit. General H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces for his support to the international Award which confirms H.H.` vision in achieving comprehensive and sustainable development on the generous land of the UAE. He expressed his pride in his wise vision of the future of agriculture in the UAE in general and the date palm in particular. He added that “we are proud of H.H.` care of the UAE to be always a pioneering example of successful work, distinguished achievement in all fields”.

He addressed the same true thanks to H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs for his kind care, personal and strong support and the support of his Ministry to this Award so as to achieve its set goals and ambitions.

H.H. congratulated the honored personalities by the Award in its 4th session at the top of whom comes H.E. DR. Fahd Bin Abdulrahamn Balghunaim Minister of Agriculture in  Saudi  Arabia ,  H.E. Helal Salem Al Khaili, the former Minister of Agriculture in the Sultanate of Oman, , HE Mohammad Ibrahim Obeid Alah, and H.E. Abdullah Al Shamsi of the UAE for their distinguished efforts and influential role in serving the date palm, the workers in the palm tree cultivation sector and date production at the regional and international levels.

H.H. congratulated all the winners of the Award categories in its fourth session. The winners are:

Dr. Ahmed Saif Mohammad Al Flassi of the UAE, for the category of the best distinguished personality, and for the best developmental project, the Farmer Services Center of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority,UAE, was honored as the first winner, whereas the second rank was awarded to Al Ain Municipality.

As for the best distinguished technology category, the first winner was Mr. Abdul Hameed Dijfeel of Algeria and the second winner is Dr. Nezar Husein of the Ministry of Environment, State of Qatar. As for the category of the distinguished producers, the First rank was cancelled whereas the second rank winner was equally given between Mr. Hamed Ali Salman Al Mizzroui and Mr. Mansour Ali Salman Al Mizzroui, UAE. As for the category of distinguished researches and studies, the first winner was the International Center for Agricultural Research of the Dried Areas (ICARDA) of the Syrian Arab Republic, and the second winner is Dr. Saher Mohammad Al Akkabi of Egypt.

H.H. asserted that the Award, despite its short history, has become pioneering internationally and a land mark in the field of date palm and subject of great appreciation and respect at all concerned departments in the palm tree worldwide. They all follow up the march of the winners with admiration and appreciation and show interest in their scientific production and distinguished contributions. Moreover, they realize the role of this award in disseminating energy and activity into the efforts of research and development among researchers and farmers. Furthermore, it contributes in developing knowledge and publishing the results of studies and experiments carried out in the country, the region and the world. “Our celebration today is an occasion on which we hope to be capable of the expectations of H.H. the President (may God protect him) in responding to his continuous instructions and directives concerning quality and distinction in all aspects of the work we are doing not only in the sector of date palm but also in all areas and at all levels”, H.H. added.

H.H. extended his deep thank, high appreciation and gratitude to the leader of the procession H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, (May God protect him) who founded the Award and granted his lofty name to it as a procedure to confirm the importance of Agriculture  and to show the care of H.H. of the date palm in achieving the balanced and sustainable renaissance and a  serious desire to found the pivots of the Emirates Renaissance on solid foundations of science, research and study. We want to assert to H.H. that we will fulfill his expectations through serious work and fruitful endeavor towards what is better and greater. This Award shall always remain an example of improvement, distinction and commitment. It shall even be a tool to pursue the latest and a model for celebrating successful work and useful achievement.

H.H. the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Khalifa International Date Palm Award added that we all together, brothers and sisters, are interested in creating continuous development in the field of agriculture and date palm production. In fact, we are harvesting what has been grown by the founder of the State, H.H. the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, who established the pivot of a great agricultural renaissance where great care and interest was given to the palm tree. Under his leadership, the Emirates became a pioneering international center for date palm cultivation and production and for the comprehensive and integrated study of this blessed tree.

H.H. directed special greeting for every participant of each of the categories of the award. He highly appreciated what each of them represents of success and achievement in the area of date palm. He wished they would always be good examples for their colleagues and that their obtaining of the award should be a source of motivation for further achievement.

He addressed the winners by saying “If we are celebrating today your distinguished achievements, we do express in fact our great confidence in the status of science and scientists on constituting the procession of the world. We do express our absolute satisfaction that with your work, efforts and continuous care for improvement and development, you will always be inspiring examples not only for your colleagues but also for the coming generations”.

H.H. thanked all the members of the Award Board of Trustees for their care and interest. He thanked as well all establishments and authorities which cooperate with the Management of the Award appreciating the role of all and their remarkable contribution in this regard. He prayed to God that work will go in this way to support and develop palm cultivation and date production hoping that this Award would be, God Willing, an important tool which encourages work, creation and innovation in the march of the State and the world as well.

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