contributions to the empowerment of UAE women
Dubai, April 27, 2011: His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of
Higher Education and Scientific Research, today, awarded the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak
Award for Excellence to 28 girls from the GEMS network of schools across the Middle East and
The seventh annual award includes a scholarship to cover a year’s tuition fee at a GEMS school
and a memento. The Awards were started by GEMS in 2005 to honour Her Highness Sheikha
Fatima Bint Mubarak, wife of late President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan,
for her contributions to the empowerment of the UAE women, and her support for excellence in
all areas. The event acknowledges Her Highness’ role as mother of the nation, and her vision to
celebrate, and support women’s achievements and self determination.
The award has traditionally recognized young women from GEMS Schools in the UAE. Since
2009, the award has been extended to all female students from GEMS Schools around the
Middle East and India.
attended today’s award ceremony.
Two young women from Qatar, one from Jordan and India each
These outstanding girls were nominated by their schools and were chosen based on outstanding
academic success, significant contribution to environmental concerns, high level of commitment
to the communities they live in and their demonstration of world citizenship.
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GEMS Founder and Chairman Sunny Varkey congratulated the students, parents and teachers,
and urged the winners to pursue excellence in all their future endeavours. “I congratulate these
young girls for their exceptional academic achievements and their significant contributions to
their schools and the community.”
“Sheikha Fatima Awards celebrate promising students in our schools and encourages them to
maintain their social commitment as well as academic and extra curricular excellence. We are
committed to promoting talent and supporting our youth for their contributions to the society,”
The Award is another example of the commitment by GEMS Schools to recognize and celebrate
the achievements of GEMS Students, while providing them with quality education.