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Media & Photographer honoring


In recognition of their constructive role in promoting the Award and spreading of its culture…


The General Secretariat of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation honors a number of media representatives and the jury and winners of

“Date Palm in the Eyes of the World” photography competition…


-The General Secretariat of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm Agricultural Innovation held a special ceremony at …….…. Hotel, Abu Dhabi, during which a number of the various media representatives as well as the top ranking winners of the 7th Session of “Date Palm in the Eyes of the World ” photography competition.

-Prof. Abdelouahhab Zaid, Secretary General of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, started the ceremony by welcoming the honorees and conveyed to them the greetings of H.H Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and President of the Board of Trustees of the Award. His Excellency praised the role of the various media in promoting the Award's culture and noble objectives, the efforts and support of the Award's founder and patron H.H Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (God protects Him). He also praised the media's role in conveying the bright image of the accomplishments and contributions of the United Arab Emirates in the human civilization to all peoples of the world and emphasized that media is an active partner in distinction and the achieved success and leadership of the Award through its influential mission. He praised, as well, the media's effective role and its keeping pace with the accomplishments and gains of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm since first launched in 2007 and till the last session/2015, leaving thereby a great impact on promotion of the Award and the extent of its expansion at both Arab and international levels.

The Secretary General added that all types of media have faithfully done their role and fulfilled their mission to the fullest, deserving thereby all due respect and appreciation. He also valued their efforts in documenting and reporting all activities and events of all sectors in the Emirati arena and thus contributing to consolidation of the high standing of the United Arab Emirates in all international forums.


The Secretary General then honored the jury members of "Date Palm in World Eye" photography Competition and praised their efforts in choosing the most beautiful participating photos, fulfillment of transparency, clarity and fairness principle and implementation of international arbitration standards in selection of the winner photos. He also honored the winners of the seventh session of the Competition and praised their efforts and keenness to participate with the most beautiful images of date palm sector and industries and, thus, to culturally enrich the Award and supplement the arena with photos of outstanding quality that serve the research and studies related to date palm.

The Secretary General pointed out that the Competition, with the special attention rendered by H.H Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, has achieved a tangible development both in the number of participations and in the quality and resolution of the photos in line with its position and importance as the first specialized competition of date palm worldwide. He also explained that the Competition as one of the most important events of Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation would continue and proceed with its march as an award specialized in date palm within the approved mechanisms, conditions and criteria. He expressed hopes that the competition would achieve further development and expansion in the next sessions, stressing, meanwhile, that the General Secretariat of the Award would work on development and upgrade of the competition so as to allow the opportunity for participation, fair competition and gains for the greatest number of amateur and professional photographers worldwide.

During the ceremony, Prof. Abdelouahhab Zaid granted appreciation certificates to the journalists and appreciation certificates with commemorative trophies to the winners of the Photography Competition.

For their part, the honored journalists praised this generous gesture which emphasizes broadmindedness of those in charge of the Award and their recognition of the noble mission of the media, enhancing thereby the good relationships between the Award and media. They also emphasized that such honoring would give them the incentive to exert yet more efforts to convey the shinning image of all the events and activities organized and sponsored by the United Arab Emirates , on top of which comes Khalifa International Award for Date Palm as a landmark in UAE record, towards highlighting leadership of the Award and the significant role UAE has in serving and developing palm date sector and reflecting the shinning image of UAE in line with the globally prestigious standing of the United Arab Emirates.

The top ranking winners of the Photography Competition praised Khalifa International Date Palm Award and “Date Palm in World Eye” competition for allowing them the opportunity to promote their talents and for having motivated their creativity through the standards selected by the competition’s management and by creating a fair competition atmosphere to confer more importance on the cultural and aesthetic aspects of date palm. They also confirmed that they would continue to participate in the next sessions of the competition and contribute to expansion of date palm culture and aesthetics.



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