Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, honoured today (Wednesday) the winners of the 2nd Islamic Economy Award. Initiated by the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) and organised by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Thomson Reuters, the award closing ceremony was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.
The ceremony was also attended by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports; President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director of Dubai Information Department, a number of ministers and heads of Government departments and dignitaries.
The awards were presented to a cross-section of global and local business establishments for their innovative world-class business initiatives and ideas that are sharia-compliant and contribute to the social and economic welfare of the Muslim population.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid presented Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Governor, Malaysian Central Bank, with the Life-time Achievement Award.
The Money and Finance category award was received by the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) from Saudi Arabia; award in the Food and Health category went to Salma an entity of Awqaf and Minor Affairs from the UAE; and Media category to The 99, an initiative of Teshkeel Media Group from Kuwait.
Awards in other categories including Hospitality and Tourism were presented to Halal Minds from Indonesia; Waqf and Endowments category went to National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa; SME Development category to LaunchGood from USA; Islamic Economy Knowledge Infrastructure category to KFH Research from Kuwait; Islamic Arts category to Yusuf Islam, Singer, Songwriter & Author’ from the UK.
Hajj Saeed bin Ahmed Al Lootah, founder of the world’s first Islamic bank, received a special recognition from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed for his contribution to the Islamic Economy.