His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai received the 'Order of the Mother of the Nation' from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Wednesday.
The Order was awarded to Sheikh Mohammed in recognition of his humanitarian initiatives in less developed countries through the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.
The award ceremony held at the Emirates Palace Auditorium also honoured the winners of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Awards (HHSFBMA), which feature the Fatima bint Mubarak Award and the Fatima bint Mubarak Family House Award.
Sheikh Mohammed expressed his happiness at receiving the Order that carries the name of the 'Mother of the Nation'.
He said: "I am honoured to receive this Order, which reflects the values established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan." Sheikh Mohammed added that Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak is a role model for a woman leader who is committed to the welfare of the people. Her initiatives have reinforced the UAE's profile as a nation that places a high priority on the wellbeing of its people.
The leaders further said that a successful leader constantly engages with the people and develops initiatives to enhance the happiness and welfare of citizens, which are key priorities of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohamed.
The Dubai Ruler said that the UAE Government is constantly working to provide the best quality of life for its citizens, while also helping less privileged people in other parts of the world to improve their lives.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed congratulated Sheikh Mohammed on receiving the recognition, adding that the latter was an exceptional leader who has initiated many humanitarian programmes across the world that spread peace and harmony.
He further said that the generosity that the UAE has displayed through its initiatives around the world stems from the country's cultural ethos and the values of its leadership, which reflect the path adopted by the late Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Khalifa.
Sheikh Mohamed said that the humanitarian spirit of Sheikh Mohammed is an integral part of his character. His contributions to the world have resulted from the path of tolerance and peaceful coexistence followed by the UAE.
Sheikh Mohamed said that the Order reflects the vision of the 'Mother of the Nation' and Her Highness's commitment to enhance the welfare of mankind. He also said that the 'Mother of the Nation' has set a high example for humanitarian and community work in the UAE, and she will always be a symbol of compassion and generosity. The event was attended by government ofiicials and a number of senior dignitaries.
In her opening speech, Director General of the Family Development Foundation Mariam Mohammed Al Rumaithi conveyed the greetings and congratulations of Sheikh Fatima to all the winners.
She added that the award programme seeks to foster the development of skills and knowledge required to create a better future. She expressed the gratitude of the Board of Trustees of the Family Development Foundation and its committees to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak for her support.