Under the wise vision of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, with the attendance of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) honored the winners of the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award 2017, during an annual ceremony that was held yesterday at Expo Centre Sharjah.
A total of 23 economic institutions and entrepreneurs won awards that belonged to the six Award categories. The Sharjah Chamber, in partnership with the Federation of Chambers of the GCC, announced the launch of a seventh category during the third edition of the Award, under the name of "Sharjah Gulf Localization Award."
The event was attended by HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the SCCI and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award, as well as members of the Board of Trustees of the Award.
The ceremony was also attended by a number of Sheikhs, government officials, local authorities, ambassadors and consuls, representatives of Chambers of Commerce of the Gulf countries, as well as a number of the Award’s partners, sponsors and a host of representatives from the private sector and the media.
The category of “Sharjah Top 10 GCC Businesses Award 2017 " was awarded to Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC), Oman India Fertiliser Company (OMIFCO), Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC), Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA), Sharjah Islamic Bank, Etihad Airways, DP World and Julphar Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries.
The category of “Sharjah Top 10 Businesses Award 2017" was awarded to four establishments which included Aster Pharmacy, Kids Kingdom Nursery, Lulu Hypermarket L.L.C, and Prime Medical Center L.L.C.
The category of “Sharjah UAE Startups Award 2017” was awarded to the Garcia Farm for Agricultural Crops, and Bait Alkandora Gents Tailoring L.L.C (Sharjah Branch). The “Sharjah Entrepreneurs Award 2017” was awarded to both Naeema Qambar Al Amiri and Ferit Engin Oranci.
The Sharjah Green Award 2017 was awarded to both Sharjah Environment Company L.L.C - Bee’ah and Directorate of Public Works (Sharjah). The Sharjah CSR Award 2017 was awarded to Sharjah Environment Company L.L.C – Bee’ah, Sharjah Ladies Club, and Sharjah Social Services Department.
Activities of the Ceremony
The ceremony began with the National Anthem of the UAE and a recitation from the Holy Quran. The audience then watched a video about the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award that highlighted its new identity, objectives, categories, and its working mechanisms.
HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the SCCI and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award, delivered a speech in which he congratulated the distinguished economic establishments and individuals who won the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award, which launched by the SCCI with its new identity two years ago, in order to actively contribute to the spreading of a culture of institutional excellence and the establishment of quality standards among the UAE business community.
Al Owais officially announced the launch of a new category within the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award, which is once again a category that covers economic institutions across the GCC, under the name of “Sharjah Gulf Localization Award.” The Award Category is part of an initiative that seeks to honor and recognize the companies employing the highest number of citizens at the GCC level, which was organized in partnership with the Federation of Chambers of the GCC, and in light of the recommendations of the 5th GCC Human Resources and Labour Market Executive Conference, which was organized and hosted by Sharjah Chamber last October under the slogan “Gulf human capital, a promising wealth”
Al Owais stated that they hope that excellence will become an institutional culture, and that quality will become a daily practice for the UAE, Gulf and Arab private sectors to achieve the leadership and sustainable prosperity.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, and Nada Al Hajri, General Coordinator of the Awards, honored the partners, sponsors, the Award judges and the evaluation teams, which was followed by the distribution of shields, certificates of appreciation and awards to the winning establishments.
The 2017 Award sponsors included Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, Sharjah Museums Authority, Tahkeem – Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre, Sharjah Tatweer Forum, Sharjah Exports Development Center and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) as strategic partners, Dar Al Khaleej for Press, Printing and Publishing as the exclusive media partner, as well as Emirates News Agency, Sharjah Government Media Bureau, SME Advisor as media partners, UAE Barq as the social networking partner, and Entrepreneur Middle East as the environmental system partner, and HE Ali bin Thalith as a support partner.
Encouragement and motivation
HE Khaled bin Butti Al Hajri, Director-General of SCCI, congratulated the winners of all categories of the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award. He also thanked the partners, sponsors, evaluation teams, Award Judges and all those who contributed to the success of this Award. He stressed the eagerness of the Chamber to continue spreading a culture of quality and excellence and to contribute to the development of the economic role of private sector institutions and the Gulf business communities.
HE Khaled bin Butti Al Hajri pointed out that the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award was keen on developing its evaluation process and improving its standards, which is based on the commitment of the Award to adhering to the highest standards of quality and excellence and its keenness to improve its performance and its role towards the private sector.
Nada Al Hajri, General Coordinator of the Sharjah Economic Excellence Award, stated that the development of the award is based on a strategy through which the Chamber aims to encourage economic establishments to strive for excellence and optimum performance. She stated that the winners deserved the merit and honor of winning these awards in recognition of their excellence and creativity and valuable efforts during 2017.
Al Hajri added that the 2017 edition witnessed the participation of more than 100 economic establishments. She stated that the Board of Trustees of the Award discussed a number of proposals aimed at developing the award, increasing the number of participants, enhancing its role in cultivating a competitive business environment and supporting and encouraging the business community in Sharjah and various Gulf countries.
The Sharjah Economic Excellence Award was launched in 2002 as one of Sharjah Chamber's initiatives to promote corporate governance, promote quality standards and work ethic, develop the responsibility of private sector enterprises towards society, encourage environmentally friendly practices, and enhance the role of economic institutions in promoting sustainable development.
The Award has witnessed continuous development which includes the implementation of the model set by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), and the adoption of comprehensive strategies to improve performance in accordance with the highest international quality standards.
The Sharjah Chamber has attached a cash prize to the Award categories of “Sharjah UAE Startups Award 2017” and “Sharjah Entrepreneurs Award 2017,” in its efforts to both spread the culture of excellence among the private sector and to support young investors and motivate them to excel. Nominations for the award are evaluated on the basis of professionalism, leadership and measurable results. Each winner of the “Sharjah UAE Startups Award 2017” receives a cash prize of Dh50,000 and each winner of the “Sharjah Entrepreneurs Award 2017” receives Dh25,000.