Code of Ethics

This Code conforms to Law no. (29) of 2005 on the Establishment of the Abu Dhabi Award.


The Emirate of Abu Dhabi initiated the Abu Dhabi Award (the “Award”) as a government initiative that recognizes individuals for their selfless good deeds, lifetime achievements and outstanding contributions to the United Arab Emirates, or deeds that create a positive impact on the community (“Recipient”).

Since its establishment in 2005, the Award has recognized individuals from various age groups and diverse nationalities and backgrounds. The Award features a platform of recognition and encourages positive competition. Recognition stems from values and principles upheld by good deeds and selflessness. This Code of Ethics (the “Code”) sets out the fundamental values of the Award. All Recipients are expected to respect the Code and comply with its values during their daily conduct.

Recipients and their achievements will be featured on the Abu Dhabi Awards website, and through the Awards’ official social media channels, as well as local or international news and newspapers. Recipients may be asked and expected to contribute or speak at government entities or at high-level initiatives taking place nationally when suitable.


The Award’s initiative offers citizens and residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi the opportunity to connect through a collective campaign; by nominating individuals worthy of the Award, by celebrating goodness in society and further contributing to the positive reputation of Abu Dhabi.

The following values are inherent in the Award:

  • Goodness – is at the core of the Award’s values, it is the quality of being good and performing good deeds which in turn benefit the community at large.
  • Giving – offering without expecting anything in return.
  • Selflessness – having little or no concern for oneself, especially if it relates to personal gain such as fame, position and money.
  • Commitment – sincere dedication and belief in the good act or deed.
  • Inspiration – source of encouragement for others to follow and act positively.

Being a Recipient means upholding the honorable and prestigious values upheld by the Award, wherein:

  • As a Recipient one should recognize that his/her behavior, daily conduct, day-to-day activities and work duties should continue to uphold the values of the Award.
  • Recipients should not take advantage of the Award, or use it for purposes not intended therefrom.
  • Recipient cannot represent or speak to the media on behalf of the Award or its organizers without prior written approval.
  • The Recipient shall ensure that he/she respects the values of the UAE, its cultural norms and religion, adheres to the legislation therein, and maintains discrete societal conduct.
  • The Recipient shall ensure at all times that he/she is in compliance with this Code.
  • The Recipient confirms that he/she has read the Code and is in compliance with its terms and will continue to abide by its terms, as amended from time to time.


  • The Award will be withdrawn from the Recipient in case of:
    • Non-compliance with the Code.
    • A final court judgment, or a final adjudicating body decision, is issued against him/her in a criminal offense, crime against honor, honesty or fraud.
    • A final official professional sanction by an adjudicating body, professional association or other organization against him/her.
  • In case of withdrawal of the Award, the Recipient must hand in the Award (including the medal, the trophy, the pin and the Emiri decree), and may not associate himself/herself with the Award and its organizers.

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