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  • MBRCSA press release in the occasion of International Women's Day


    03/04/21

    Mattar Al Tayer: The Award is a pioneer in promoting the role of women in sports
    in the country, the Arab world and the world

    The Board of Trustees of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports
    Award, one of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has saluted the
    country’s visionary leadership that leads the nation with infinite wisdom and compassion to
    increase the happiness of the community members and enable them to perform their role in the
    development process, and empowers women to actively participate in making the nation's future
    and seek achievements in all fields.
    The Board of Trustees of the Award also congratulated women in the UAE, the Arab world and
    the world on the occasion of International Women's Day, which falls on March 8 of every year,
    and stressed that the Award will continue its pioneering role in empowering women in the sports
    sector and strengthening the role they play in all segments of the sports sector by honoring
    creativity and organizing sports forums, seminars and conferences for women in sports, and
    highlighting and honoring the great role they play, whether through competing for medals and
    trophies, or through the creation of champions.
    His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed Bin
    Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, expressed his pride in working to achieve the vision
    of the wise leadership in developing the sports sector and raising the level of sports achievements
    in the UAE, the Arab world and the world through the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
    Creative Sports Award, which is at the forefront of international sports awards in terms of its
    influence and the pioneering role it plays, not only in the field of honoring creative athletes but
    also in spreading the culture of sports creativity and supporting creative projects that have a
    continuous impact on sports and societies in general, and on women in particular. He also said
    that the Award was honored to be one of the ‘Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global
    Initiatives’ for its role in empowering societies.
    The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award said: “The UAE occupies a prominent
    position globally in the field of women's empowerment. Our wise leadership has given women
    the opportunity to play their role fully in serving and developing the nation in all fields. Emirati
    women have assumed leadership positions at the level of ministries and national institutions, as
    well as in every other sector. Women have have represented the nation on international forums in
    all fields, including sports.
    “The Award is based on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
    Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and we act under the
    guidance of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown
    Prince of Dubai, the Patron of the Award, and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin
    Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the UAE National Olympic Committee and President of the
    Award, and we are pioneers in the field of women's empowerment, not just in honoring
    achievers, but also through the membership of the Board of Trustees of the Award where Emirati
    and Arab women have been present in the Board of Trustees from the time Award was
    established until now.
    “Indeed, the presence of women has become stronger through the membership of the Board of
    Trustees as well as the assumption of the General Secretariat of the Award, which is an important
    and vital role, that represents the link between the Board of Trustees and the different teams
    working for the Awards, and also in communicating with the sports sector. In addition to this,
    women are also present in all the committees working within the Award.”
    His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer added: “The Award has not only honored creative Emirati and
    Arab women, and supported efforts to empower Emirati and Arab women in sports, but we
    dedicated the 9th Edition of the Award to honoring institutions with successful initiatives in the
    field of empowering women at the local, Arab and international levels, and ‘Empowerment of
    Women in Sports’ was the slogan of that edition as well as the 13th Dubai International Sports
    Creativity Symposium. We will continue playing a leading role in empowering women in the
    sports sector and enabling sports through the creative abilities of women, wherever they are.”

    Moaza Al Marri: Empowering societies through women and their sporting role
    Her Excellency Moaza Al Marri, Secretary General of the Award, said the Award’s membership
    within the ‘Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives’ underscores the great role
    that sport plays in empowering societies, as it is one of the most important sources of soft power
    that has positive effects on societies.
    She said, “It is not possible to empower societies without empowering women, who make up
    half of society. That is why the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin
    Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Patron of the Award, and His Highness Sheikh
    Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE National Olympic
    Committee and President of the Award, is what the Board of Trustees of the Award, headed by
    His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, is working to implement in all areas of the sports sector,
    foremost of which is the empowerment of women in sports, whether through strengthening their
    presence in leadership positions responsible for decision-making or in the fields of competition
    as an athlete or trainer.”
    The Secretary General of the Award added, "Since the 1st Edition of the Award, the Moroccan
    Olympic champion Nawal El Moutawakel has been a member of the Award’s Board of Trustees;
    she is also the Vice President of the International Olympic Committee. Then Dr. Mona Al Bahar
    from the UAE became a member of the Board of Trustees in the next session, while Mona Bou
    Samra, who is the editor-in-chief of Al Bayan newspaper, is a member of the Board of Trustees
    for the current Edition. In addition to them, I have the honour of serving as Secretary General of
    the Award and as well as a member of the Board of Trustees.
    “A number of Emirati and Arab women have also been present in the working committees since
    the establishment of the Award. Ten Emirati women have served as members of the
    Communication and Marketing Committee, four Emirati and Arab women have served as
    members of the jury and five as members of the technical committee. In addition to them, the
    Minister of Sports of the Republic of Tunisia and also Zimbabwe, the Vice President of the
    International Olympic Committee, and many other leading female sports figures and athletes
    have participated in the Creative Sports Forum and Innovation Seminars that the Award have
    organized through the years.”

     Her Excellency, Moaza Al Marri concluded, “The Award has attracted the participation of 271
    female athletes from various disciplines, who have been nominated for the Awards in the past ten
    years; 36 of them have had the honor of winning in one of the Award Categories. We are
    working with various entities to enhance the participation of women in the Award, in the belief
    that the role of the Award is not limited to honor those with some achievements, but to motivate
    all athletes to develop their level of performance, raise the quality of their achievements, and
    motivate them to compete to win the most important championships as well as the Award by
    spreading the culture of creativity and honoring them in a way that is commensurate with the
    value of their achievements.”

    Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud: The Award is a dream for all athletes
    Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Ambassador
    of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States, who won the Arab Sports Personality of
    the Award in the 9th Edition, said: "Me being picked as a winner of the Mohammed Bin Rashid
    Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award is an honor for me and all the women of the country, and I
    extend my thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President
    and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for adopting a pioneering and distinguished
    approach to sports, and for supporting athletes not just at the local level but throughout our great
    Arab homeland, an approach that is reflected in this global award, which has become a dream
    and goal for all Arab athletes. Winning it is a matter of great pride and honor, and it is an
    initiative that stimulates creativity and brilliance for our youth.
    "Creativity is everywhere in the Arab world, but it needs someone to support it, and this is what
    the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award has been doing since its launch.
    It has contributed to motivating athletes to unleash their creativity and develop themselves, and
    strive to win titles in international competitions and also seek the honor of winning this Award.
    “I hope that all federations will include elite women, so that they become role models for women
    who come after them. We do not only look at the women who practice sports, or the
    administrators working in the sports field, but we are looking forward to have women who
    inspire girls, who teach them sports, and pass on the experiences to them, because without this,
    we cannot advance or follow the path of developed countries in this regard.”
    Princess Reema bint Bandar concluded: “The sports sector is a great field, and all segments of
    society can participate in it. It requires more specialized education and the strengthening of
    society’s culture towards it because the sports sector is more than just an athlete participating in a
    specific popular sport; innovation is an integral part of sports, and you can see new tools and
    technologies appearing every day. All sectors must participate in it to support it, and the doors
    must be opened for all members of society to contribute towards innovation for the development
    of the sports sector. I hope all universities think about this issue seriously to graduate young
    people who are able to innovate in various fields. Sports creativity is not restricted to only those
    who practice sports, and the best example of this is the inventions that were created to support
    the efforts of athletes.
    “So we must expand the scope of our interaction with the shareholders in the sports sector and
    open the way for all segments of society to participate, innovate and create in it to expand its
    base. The field is open to everyone and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports
    Award is here to support these efforts.”

    Sheikha Hayat Al Khalifa: The Award is rooted in the concept of creativity and is the most
    precious in my life
    Sheikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Member of the Supreme Council for Youth and
    Sports, Member of the Board of Directors of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, and Chairman of
    the Bahraini Women's Sports Committee, said: “The day I won the Award was one of the most
    important days of my life, in light of the wonderful recognition and the fact that this great award
    is associated with the name of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice
    President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.
    “The Award has established the concept and culture of creativity from a regional, Arab and
    international perspective, and it has motivated many athletes, administrators, referees, and those
    in charge of sports work and professional institutions since its inception, and thus we find that all
    athletes are harnessing their potential in order to win this honor.”
    Al Khalifa concluded, "What we always strive for is distinction in any of the areas that we go
    into in our lives, and when the Award and honor comes from the first rider and the first athlete, it
    has an important impact on all of our lives. We have obtained the Award of His Highness, which
    will remain a source of pride for all of us in our sports career and future generations will work
    with utmost strength to attain this distinguished honor.”

    Award partners:
    The Award is linked to partnership and cooperation relations with many major economic
    institutions that believe in the Award's role in empowering societies through sports, developing
    sports and supporting creative people in the sports field in the United Arab Emirates, the Arab
    world and the world.
    The list of strategic partners for the 11th Edition of the Award included: Nakheel, Dubai Solar
    Show and Emirates Airlines, in addition to the gold sponsor "Dragon Oil".
    The Award is also linked to cooperative relations with many sports and media institutions in the
    UAE, the Arab nation and the world to achieve the desired development of sport and empower
    societies through sport.

    PICTURES:
    The award’s logo, and the logo of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives
    His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum hands over the award to
    Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud
    His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer
    Moaza Al Marri
    Hayat Al Khalifa

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