Frequently Asked Questions



The Abu Dhabi Awards honour and recognize individuals who have contributed in building a greater sense of community and social welfare within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Awards was established in 2005 under the guidance and auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

2005 was the inaugural year of the event.

The Awards are a result of the commitment of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to preserve the legacy of our nation's late father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The award process falls under the guidance and auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Awards ceremony took place annually from 2005-2009 inclusive. As of 2011, the Awards became a biennial event.

The Abu Dhabi Awards occur every two years to allow more time for individuals to perform quality deeds, ensuring a consistent pool of potential recipients for consideration.

There are no nomination categories within the Abu Dhabi Awards. Each year, the Awards recognize a diverse array of contributions in areas such as healthcare, education, environment, social welfare, community services, sport, volunteer work... and the list goes on.

The 2017 nomination period is open from April 16.

The nomination process is simple and designed to take no more than a few minutes.

You can nominate as many people as you like. However you do need to use different nomination forms for each person. Remember, one nomination is all it takes!

No, all information contained in a nomination form is private and confidential.

Since the inception of the Abu Dhabi Awards campaign in 2005, more than 200,000 nominations have been received from the public.

Of course, you should nominate those you feel have made a significant contribution to building and supporting the community of Abu Dhabi. Go to the recipients section on the website to learn more about past recipients of the Awards and the kind of deeds they have performed that received recognition.

During the nomination period, you can browse the website or call Abu Dhabi Awards call center 800-3331 or visit one of our manned booths located across the Emirate where a member of our team can personally assist you and answer any questions you may have. How to nominate

The process is exhaustive. All nominations are reviewed individually and then reported to the Review Committee. The work of the review committee is then evaluated by a Higher Review Committee made up of Abu Dhabi’s leading dignitaries, government officials and industry directors.

The judges sitting on the Higher Review Committee consist of Abu Dhabi’s leading dignitaries, government officials and industry directors.

The judges are selected by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

No, the awards are not about casting votes. The recipients are selected solely on the merit of their actions, not on the number of nominations they received. One nomination is enough to receive an award.

The merit of those people nominated will determine the final number of awards given.

The date of the 2017 Abu Dhabi Awards ceremony will be announced at a later date.

The venue in which the 2017 Abu Dhabi Awards ceremony will be announced at a later date.

No. The ceremony will be attended by the recipients, their families and friends, government and business leaders from across the United Arab Emirates and past recipients of the Awards.

Yes, the event will be televised on Abu Dhabi TV channels.

The 2017 Abu Dhabi Awards ceremony will be presided over by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. He will present each recipient with their award.

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