Following a record number of nominated individuals this year, recipients of the 2008 Abu Dhabi Awards will be unveiled at a ceremony at Emirates Palace on the 21st of December 2008.
The Abu Dhabi Awards are under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The ceremony will be attended by members of the Royal family and VIP guests from the Abu Dhabi community.
Award recipients are not determined by number of votes, but rather on a case-by-case basis according to the merits of their nominations.
All of the 42,536 nominations for the 2008 Abu Dhabi Awards were assessed individually by a nomination panel of senior government officials, whose work was then reviewed by a judging committee.
Members of the public will also be able to enjoy the Abu Dhabi Awards Ceremony thanks to the support of Abu Dhabi Media Company which will broadcast the whole ceremony on the 22nd of December on Emarat Channel at 8:00 pm. A half hour edited version will also be aired on Olum Al Dar on Abu Dhabi TV at 8:30 pm the same day.